The UVic Torch · University of Victoria Alumni Magazine · Spring 1999

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New Centre Puts Teaching on Campus Map

by Robie Liscomb

UVic's new Centre for Innovative Teaching (CIT), a state-of-the-art facility housing the latest in educational technology, provides a venue for innovative course design and delivery.

The CIT opened in January and encompasses five teaching areas and the offices of UVic's learning and teaching centre.

The 210-seat main lecture hall has swivel seating for group discussions, three remotely controlled and auto-tracking video cameras linked to the building-wide closed circuit TV system, audience microphones, and a number of audience power and data outlets.

"Teaching has always been a private activity," says learning and teaching centre director Dr. Andy Farquharson. "But this facility makes it public.

"I use the audiovisual equipment a lot to show video clips illustrating sociolinguistics aspects of Japanese language," says Dr. Hiroko Noro (Pacific and Asian studies and recipient of a 1993 UVic Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award). "Abstract discussions come alive when I switch to concrete examples right away on the big screen. The students seem to enjoy and appreciate the way the class is conducted."

The $3.7 million facility was one of the university's priority projects in it's UVic Challenge capital fund raising campaign.

Rooms in the centre will be named for people associated with the largest donors, as follows: Nancy Martin Donegani Seminar Room; Gordon MacFarlane Lecture Theatre [BC Tel]; Ron Gamey Hall [Canadian Pacific]; Fletcher Challenge Canada Ltd. Seminar Room; Bill Brown, Purdy Crawford Seminar/Reception Room [BC Sugar/Rogers Sugar, Imasco Ltd.]; and the Charles E. Merrill Teaching Development Room [Merrill Lynch Canada]. These donors, plus the Province of BC, Royal Bank of Canada, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, Hudson's Bay Company, John Labatt Foundation, Nesbitt Burns, National Trust and Wood Gundy Inc. will be listed on a recognition wall inside the centre.

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