Geffen Hall Opening
You have no doubt noticed all of the construction going on outside for the new Geffen Hall building for the David Geffen School of Medicine. What you didn’t see was all of the hard work going into the amazing technological advances implemented on the inside.
The new education building was designed to promote "active learning," allowing for more hands-on learning, student participation and a richer student/teacher interaction. In addition to the traditional lecture and problem-based learning curricular activities, the new teaching and learning spaces allow for a flexible room layout, where desks can be arranged in a variety of configurations for a myriad of teaching modalities. Likewise, the classroom technologies in these spaces are state-of-the-art and allow for centralized or localized control of the in room audio-visual services. Collaboration tools such as smart boards, annotation systems and integrated discussion mics are installed throughout.
Concurrent with the opening of Geffen Hall is the rollout of Panopto, a new system for recording and playing back learning activities. Panopto allows learners to review classroom activities asynchronously, while simultaneously providing easy-to-use tools to create flipped content for Team Based Learning, and other active learning modalities.
Panopto has been integrated into the Geffen Hall learning spaces, as well as Gryphon, our Learning Management System (LMS), and offers many powerful features, including:
- Video presenting/screen capturing
- Live webcasting
- Automated indexing of text and audio for retrieving information
- Annotation tools for collaborating and sharing
- Mobile device recording and playback
- Ad hoc activity producing/recording features