Clarion University-Venango Becomes Wireless Campus

OIL CITY – Clarion University-Venango Campus has completed the move to an entirely wireless campus, offering students and faculty the most up-to-date choices in electronically enhanced learning and teaching tools. The Internet is accessible to students throughout each of the campus’ buildings and in “green spaces” where students can study and conduct research while enjoying the outdoors. In the Cybercafé in the Robert W. Rhoades Center, students can work online and enjoy a meal or a snack.

“Research indicates that today’s college students learn better in an environment that incorporates technology into the teaching process,” said Dr. Christopher M. Reber, executive dean. “The wireless capability on campus enhances the flexibility of the learning experience and offers students the ability to access the Internet, library resources, and a wealth of other online resources anywhere on campus, at any time. Professors have the ability to engage students more effectively, making learning more innovative, collaborative, and student-centered.”

In addition, ten “Smart Classrooms” feature computerized teaching stations installed with a computer that includes a high resolution LCD video projector for computer and video display, a projection screen that gives the professor “write-on” capabilities, ceiling mounted projectors, document cameras, VCR, audio systems, commonly used software, and connectivity to the university network and guest laptops.

According to Dr. Ellen Foster, Assistant Professor of English, “Our wireless campus offers the opportunity for every classroom to be a computer classroom where students can conduct research, access course materials online, and more. This has great potential for in-class writing and research workshops.”

Clarion University-Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University’s 90+ bachelor’s degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health and its Department of Applied Technology. Clarion University-Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.

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