Technology Classroom will enhance the learning experience for
all NIU students by giving faculty, teaching assistants and staff
the skills to utilize the latest in classroom technology.
That is a far cry from the room’s
original use as a gymnasium where basketball hoops were considered
state-of-the-art recreational equipment (the sport had been invented
only eight years earlier). The relatively modest space was the
birthplace of Huskie athletics, hosting women’s softball
games and basketball games shortly after the building opened in
1899. The room remained the school’s primary athletic facility
until the construction of Still Gym in 1928. It was used as a
gymnasium for classes until the early 1960s, when the university’s
printing operations took over the space.
Today, the room will be used to train faculty
in the use of the latest presentation technology and other tools
to enhance their classroom sessions. There they also can learn
how to use online communities and other virtual tools to extend
the learning experience beyond the classroom. Because of its advanced
facilities, the room also can host some classes to give faculty
an opportunity to test cutting-edge technology before deploying
it across campus.
Before: NIU's first president had a keen
interest in gymnastics, and the gym was appropriately outfitted.
The stairway on the north wall of what was the gym is original
to the space. It was dismantled and restored by NIU carpenters.