Types of Facilities

Higher education institutions are developing a wide variety of collaborative facilities to anticipate and meet the changing information technology needs of faculty, staff, and administrators. This project places facilities in seven categories, based on the community served by the facility and the types of technology, information, and human resources provided. An additional category labeled "Other Facilities" is available for those that do not fit the following descriptions:

Information Commons
Facilities that provide a wide variety of information tools and services to students and faculty. Tools might include digital cameras, computers, and course design software, and services could encompass traditional reference assistance as well as consulting on technology, teaching, and learning methods.

Digital Library Centers
Facilities that develop digital information resources such as image collections, manuscript and archival materials, databases, and electronic journals.

Centers for Instructional and Faculty Development
Facilities whose primary goal is to train faculty in using new instructional technologies and to work with them to develop and deliver instructional content.

Centers or Classrooms for Instructional Delivery
Facilities that provide space, equipment and support for multi-media instruction. Support would include staff assistance and a variety of technologies from web access to individual terminals to computer projectors.

Facilities for Multi-Media Production
Facilities with the technical and human resources to produce multi-media projects in conjunction with faculty and staff.

Center for Distance Education
Facilities that provide technology and expertise to aid institutions in planning, administering, and financing, and delivering distance education projects.

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