West Virginia Universitys Department of Mathematics has installed 80 new state-of-the-art computers in its Institute for Math Learning laboratory in Armstrong Hall. Its just the latest enhancement to the center, which is helping to lead the way in innovative math education.
It was time to rotate the old out and bring in the new,said Betsy Kuhn, computer center manager.The lab receives massive amounts of use by students daily from 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. About every three or four years, the computers get rotated out.
The enhancement follows the success of a technological upgrade to a 40-seat classroom last year. The recent $93,000 purchase of the new Gateway computers came from student fees charged to those enrolled in math classes. The upgrade took place in late September with help from faculty and friends of the math department.
The new computers provide more writing space for students as the units are compact and the keyboards can be tucked away,Kuhn said.One cord powers the all-in-one system, and each computer is identical, containing the same links and programs.
The Institute for Math Learning, established by WVU in 2001, provides innovation and leadership in math education. It is open to math students and is focused on classwork and testing rather than lecturing.
The center features four projector screens, a Sympodium interactive pen display, a SmartBoard interactive whiteboard and has sound and microphone capabilities. Additionally, a Doc Cam allows for paper documents to be projected onto a screen as instructors work out problems.
The Institute for Math Learning is housed in WVU s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, go tohttp://iml.math.wvu.edu/.