Athens, Ga. — The Terry College of Business funded an extreme makeover of two of Caldwell Hall’s oldest classrooms, and the results are now on display in rooms 206 and 306.
Emily Thompson and Rachel Rotz of Terry’s Office of Information Technology managed the classroom renovation, with design input from UGA’s Center for Teaching and Learning and the programs that most frequently teach classes in the rooms.
Project planning began in the fall of 2009, with work commencing during the summer break. Both classrooms were outfitted with new carpet, paint, energy-efficient lighting, wiring, and heating and cooling.
Thompson said the focus for 206 Caldwell Hall, which is also known as the Master of Marketing Research (MMR) Classroom, was to ensure that graduate students would feel comfortable sitting for up to six hours in the classroom. Additional whiteboard space was added for the instructors, and electrical outlets were built into the new desktops to allow students to charge laptops during lengthy class sessions.
The goal for 306 Caldwell Hall, Thompson said, was to create an innovative classroom unlike any of the other Terry College classrooms. With that in mind, the new Collaborative Classroom is designed to be a dedicated classroom for team projects and case discussions. The room now contains nine round tables that each seat four to five students, as well as additional electrical outlets in the floor for laptop charging. The Collaborative Classroom also boasts dual projection in front and back, so that the instructor can project the same image and teach from anywhere in the room. Alternatively, students would be able to use the back projector to show presentations from their laptops.
In addition to the two room renovations, the Terry College used an allocation of money from the UGA Student Technology Fee to upgrade the instructional technology in several more Caldwell Hall classrooms. A/V equipment and instructor podiums in 11 Caldwell classrooms were upgraded.
As of fall semester, all of the classrooms the Terry College uses in Caldwell Hall are equipped with the latest instructor touch panel control systems. Thompson said these systems allow faculty to more easily display teaching materials from either the instructor’s personal computer, document camera, or DVD/VHS player. The new systems also facilitate the remote shutdown of projectors when they’re not in use — reducing bulb replacement cost and energy consumption.