REFLECT | REMEMBER | CELEBRATE | INNOVATE
On Friday, September 14, the eLearning and Emerging Technologies team in Information Technology, along with staff from the University Libraries celebrated the opening of the Atomic Object Technology Showcase 5 years ago. The event provided an opportunity to reflect back, remember the past, and to celebrate achievements and success, while also allowing room to innovate and to pioneer the future together!
- Mary Idema Pew Library celebrates five years of innovative education – Grand Valley Lanthorn
- Technology Showcase to celebrate five-year anniversary – GVNOW
- 5 Year Celebration Open House – Technology Showcase Web Site
The journey began on August 1, 2013 in a small empty room in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons. This empty room quickly became a distinctive initiative of the Information Technology department, University Libraries, and GVSU itself. Transitioning from an empty room into an exciting space, the showcase is full of over 35+ emerging and innovative technologies that intersect with teaching and learning. Since being open, over 62,000 visitors (and counting) have experienced the mission of the showcase which is:
“To provide faculty, staff, and students with an immersive and engaging environment to: interact, discover, learn, and share how innovative emerging technologies can enhance teaching and improve student learning at GVSU.”
Over 250 visits were tracked during the 3 hour 5 Year Celebration Open House and attendees experimented with emerging technologies, entered a prize drawing, and enjoyed snacks and conversations.
Here are a few highlights of the celebration!
- Atomic Object Visit – Staff from Atomic Object, a software design and development company in Grand Rapids, visited the showcase.
- Photos from Event – Visitors and guests enjoyed an open house full of emerging technology, prizes, #edtech conversations, and refreshments. Visitors could also view our birthday cake in augmented reality through the Microsoft HoloLens which was baked, 3D scanned, and placed into a hologram by our own and very skilled digital media developer, Hunter Bridwell!
- Photo History of the Showcase – See how far we have come… take a walk down memory lane with a Photo Tour of the History of the showcase.
A Technology Showcase thank you to all of the students, faculty, and staff
that celebrated our 5 year open house with us!