The newly refurbished space follows similar extensive enhancements made last fall to the first of many updates planned for Daemen’s science facilities, which are used for a range of academic programs offered at the college.
“Creating state-of-the-art classrooms is integral to upgrading our science facilities and advancing the learning environment for students and faculty who use these spaces,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “Ensuring that we have updated and well-equipped science facilities is one of our top fundraising priorities.”
Completed in time for the start of the spring semester, the recently renovated instructional space has been designed for more interactive learning experiences and to accommodate different teaching formats. The three-level tiered classroom, which is housed in one of Daemen’s original academic buildings, is equipped with a high-definition projection screen, a flat-screen television for better viewing by students, and additional technology improvements, along with enhanced student work areas for laptops and other electronic devices.
The classroom also includes new modern seating that offers flexibility for traditional or collaborative teaching approaches. New Node chairs installed in the classroom can easily be adapted for lecture-style or small or large group learning opportunities.
“We are developing learning spaces for the sciences that are modern, engaging, and interactive,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “As we continue to upgrade our existing science facilities, our goal is to integrate traditional classroom learning with educational technology that supports a variety of teaching and learning styles.”