- The University of Michigan School of Nursing consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top nursing schools, and its new School of Nursing building, which opened Fall 2015, takes technology in learning to a whole new level. Featuring multiple hybrid interactive and collaborative learning spaces, it achieves Dean Kathleen Potempa’s goal of enabling the students to “practice, research, engage and learn. “
- Their needs, as expressed by the School of Nursing faculty and staff, were for a learning center that would be state-of-the art and reflective of the University’s top-ranked, world-class standing as a School of Nursing. They needed a facility that could provide physically flexible learning spaces, advanced learning technologies and methods, simulation experiences, and interactive activities. The newly installed technologies were engineered and designed to meet those needs and achieve the goal of engaging the nursing students in the learning process.PSNI Affiliate, TEL Systems, of Ann Arbor, Michigan was selected to provide and install the audio-visual systems for the new Nursing facility; a 75,000 square foot building adjacent to the old School of Nursing Building. The $1.5 million project consisted of numerous conference and collaboration spaces utilizing state-of-the-art AV technologies and technology enabled spaces supporting clinical education.
The design features a Crestron DM DigitalMedia Control system installed and programmed by TEL Systems. The Crestron equipment provides the intelligent control that distributes the digital audio and video signals throughout the building, The entire infrastructure is 4K enabled through HDBaseT while the all the displays utilize the most current and cost-effective HD content available.
The technology rich building has digital signage throughout, interactive and virtual meeting rooms, huddle spaces and hybrid classrooms. The Clinical Learning Center features state-of-the-art anatomy and skills labs, exam rooms, and high-fidelity manikins.
The Media Learning classrooms can be used as traditional classrooms or can be transformed into spaces for collaboration and active learning, conferencing, lecture capture or video streaming with digital media stations and wireless presentations. In these classrooms there are modular technology enhanced desks and group computing stations connected to extra large projection screens at the front of the room, all designed to encourage student discussions and engagement. Students can create and share digital media, and the videoconferencing equipment allows them to connect with nursing students all over the world.
The system and entire building is an example of an advanced technology-driven space with a focus on collaboration and technical medical instruction.