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    NOVEMBER 10, 2005
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TECH Center update

Construction on the TECH Center continues through the month of November, with installation of computers and other technology scheduled for December.

Opening in January in the Bell Building at 12th Street and Montgomery Avenue, the TECH Center will be a state-of-the-art technology facility with more than 600 computers available for student use. It will be the largest facility of its kind in the nation. Software needed for academic disciplines will be centralized in the center, making it easy for students to find the programs they need. The TECH Center will be open on a 24-hour basis Sundays through Fridays, with additional weekend hours.

Other features include specialized multimedia labs, video served to lab computer desktops, breakout rooms for group study, wireless lounge space, EZ-Stop Internet browsing stations and a Starbucks café. The TECH Center will also house the Teaching & Learning Center and the Instructional Support Center for faculty, an expanded, 24-hour computer help desk, and the University Welcome Center.

The TECH Center is also the proposed future home of WHIP, a student-run radio station broadcasting over the Internet.

For more information on the TECH Center, visit http://techcenter.temple.edu.

ITUG to focus on Flash

On Thursday, Nov. 17, the Instructional Technology Users Group will feature an event on Macromedia’s Flash MX 2004 Professional software. Flash Professional enables faculty to create streaming audio and/or video presentations that can be viewed within Blackboard. With a graphic interface similar to the slide format used in PowerPoint, faculty can create a video presentation of a lecture, an audio commentary with animation or any other type of educational tutorial. The content can then be streamed over the Internet from within a Blackboard course.

Faculty can also create presentations with random navigation rather than a sequential format.

This allows students to select the content they want to see without having to view everything sequentially.

The ITUG presentation will be held in the Tuttleman Learning Center, room 209, from noon to 1 p.m. The event will feature Steven Kreinberg, associate professor of music history in the Boyer College of Music and Dance. Kreinberg will discuss how-to techniques for creating these presentations and demonstrate samples that he developed for students in his classes.

Computer Services consultants will also be present to discuss Temple’s deployment of Flash Streaming Server capabilities and to address questions related to the use of streaming media and Blackboard.

For more information, visit http://isc.temple.edu/itug.