Cleveland State Community College will be hosting a community open house for Studio Connect, the College’s newest service for students on Friday, Nov. 8 from 1:30-3 p.m. Located in the CSCC Library, Studio Connect offers a relaxed, high tech space for students to create and collaborate.
In Studio Connect, students can gain experience using emerging technologies, providing an opportunity to increase problem solving and critical thinking skills. It gives them a place outside of class to gather together with their fellow students to prepare for assignments and explore new trends. They will have the opportunity to enter the workforce highlighting their skills and experience.
“The library staff is excited to offer this new service for CSCC students,” stated Sarah Shippy Copeland, Director of Library Services. “Studio Connect underscores the library's role as a host for collaboration and creativity, in addition to research and study. The availability of iPads and Nexus tablets will allow students to experiment with integrating mobile technologies into education at Cleveland State and beyond.”
Studio Connect consists of 30 iPads, which come preloaded with an assortment of educational apps to help students succeed. Android tablets and laptop computers are also available. Other highlights include a Promethean Board, which allows students to simulate a classroom presentation environment, an Apple TV system, which students can use to project their iPads onto a large screen monitor and two iMac computers that are loaded with powerful software such as Adobe Creative Suite, iWork, iMovie, GarageBand and Camtasia. Studio Connect provides an interactive environment where students can work together on cutting-edge projects, such as web design, video creation, or putting together an e-portfolio.
Monica Twork, Librarian, said, “We have been thrilled to see CSCC students making this space their own, for brainstorming and exploring new technologies. In this ever-changing technology environment, the library staff looks forward to ensuring that Studio Connect is continually evolving to best meet student needs.”
This creative, interactive space has been designed to support project development, and it contains technologies that expand the way students work on assignments. The space is designed to evolve, incorporating new technology as it becomes available. As the world outside continues to grow and change, so will Studio Connect.
Librarian Andy Foskey, stated, “Studio Connect has quickly become a new hub of activity in the library, with students adopting the space for group work and making use of the Promethean Board to display class notes, watch video tutorials or sketch out ideas. The library staff has been busy introducing Studio Connect to Cleveland State students through a series of workshops, class visits and one-on-one instruction.”
Studio Connect is funded in part by a Title III Grant awarded to Cleveland State. A major goal of the grant is to increase student engagement across campus, specifically outside of the classroom. This multifaceted grant also includes the ePortfolio initiative, which allows students to create their own electronic portfolio in order to collate and display their achievements from their Cleveland State experience. Students are able to use Studio Connect to create unique digital artifacts to include in their ePortfolios, such as video, photo collage or multimedia presentation.
The community open house will consist of demonstrations of all of the technologies available to students in the new space. To RSVP to the open house, contact Suzanne Ratcliff at 478-6209 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.