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New, collaborative student study space to be unveiled

Oct. 21, in Wigley lobby

Students rave about collaborative, high-tech new study space.

2010-10-22
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [10/20/2010]

A collaborative study space that lets Minnesota State University, Mankato students quickly and electronically share concepts with study team members will be unveiled Thursday, Oct. 21, with a demonstration and grand opening.

The Media:scape study area in the Wigley Administration Center lobby features a 40-inch, high-resolution LCD monitor, two virtual offices for six and a conference table with an integrated Puck™ controller that lets students share their laptop screen ideas with all participants.

Thursday’s demonstration will be at 1 p.m. at the ground-floor Wigley lobby. Refreshments will be provided.

The virtual study area – a 21st-century merger of technology and work space – lets student team members simultaneously view one another’s laptop notes, research findings and designs.

The area replicates state-of-the-art tools being used by business and industry to improve team collaboration, communication and effectiveness. Businesses find that electronic collaboration spaces lead to better products and services, and Minnesota State Mankato officials expect the new study area to improve the accuracy and relevance of students’ class projects.

The study area includes casual, flexible seating for informal learning, as well as laptop power ports and wireless networking availability.

It is the latest in a series of campus student study areas created recently by Minnesota State Mankato’s Information Technology Services Office, including spaces in Trafton Science Center, Memorial Library and Ford Hall.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.

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