Over the last couple of years, numerous technological upgrades have been implemented in classrooms at St. John’s throughout the Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan campuses.
Eighty percent of general purpose classrooms have been upgraded and the focus has now shifted to emerging academic technologies and more specialized learning environments with classroom resources specific to different disciplines. One prime example is that of lecture capture technology, which allows faculty to record lectures in their classrooms and make it available digitally to students later. There are also wireless presentation tools, such as Apple TV, through which students can project content from their mobile devices onto display screens in the classroom.
The newly renovated state-of-the-art Bent Hall, home of The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, foster faculty-student interaction and contribute to student success through flexible learning environments. The building showcases a high-tech Financial Lab as well as a Career Services Center.
Impact On Course Offerings
The significant technological advancements at the University have made it possible for innovative courses to be offered, such as three-dimensional printing courses where students design custom logos for internships with corporations. Additional courses are offered in art, jewellery and toy design, stamp making, marketing, and photography, all supported by improved technology.
A pilot course using Virtual Reality (VR) is also in the pipeline in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where students will examine and tour the human body virtually. The Art and Design department is also leveraging VR technology to teach digital sculpting.