What is collaboration technology?
As used here, collaboration technology refers to the sharing of computer screens.
In it’s basic form, it’s simple hardware switching that allows a laptop screen to be broadcast to a monitor visible to a group working around a table.
More complex forms allow more than one screen to be projected to two or more monitors and may include workspace capture and other features.
What kind of collaboration technology is planned for the Lower Commons?
The Lower Commons is expected to have four collaboration stations of the basic type. Each of the stations will provide various connectors (DVI, VGA, HDMI) that laptops use to connect to projectors and other monitors. A simple switching system will allow a laptop screen to be easily seen by everyone in the groups.
These stations will use the same technology that Drake OIT is using for similar installations across campus. Students won’t need to learn special software or check out special adapters to use the Library stations.
Where in the Lower Commons?
Current plans call for four collaboration stations located along the “power fence” at the center of the room. This space is well-suited for groups.
Some representative pictures