Lawrence- Danny Anderson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences says Lindley Hall is about to get a facelift. The interiors will get a makeover and the building will expand toward Naismith Drive. Anderson says technology is advancing fast and that it’s time for KU’s iconic building to catch up. The classrooms will be transformed into a 3D visualization room.
“A student who today might be looking at data sets that are printed out or are projected on a wall would be in a room where all of the data is being represented around them so they could see simulations, and modeling going on in real time,” Anderson says.
He says this will help students have more creative insights into how and why things happen. A new auditorium is also in the works, and it’s not just so more students can fit into the classroom.
“We could do teleconferencing and video networking,” Anderson says. “Rather than having students be completely passive, we’ll be able to use technology to build in more opportunities for student/speaker interactions.”
For centuries, students have sat in desks and teachers have stood near the chalkboard, but say so long to the good old days, they’ll soon be gone.
Students will sit in small groups or teams where they can work on their laptops and video monitors. Anderson says education goes far beyond a professor lecturing students, and having them work in teams is what will prepare them for life after college.
$18 million dollars has already been raised. Dean Anderson says the fundraising should wrap up at the end of this year. He says they hope to break ground in two to three years.