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Center for Faculty Excellence

Advanced Technology Classroom Laboratory (ATCL-54)
What is ATCL-54?

A gift from the USMA Class of 1954, the purpose of the ATCL is to be USMA’s “classroom of the future,” a place where faculty can explore the use of different classroom and online technologies for teaching and learning, and decide which of these will best enhance cadet learning.

The Mission

"The ATCL enhances cadet education through the exploration, utilization, and integration of advanced technologies in order to prepare cadets to be commissioned leaders of character who are agile, creative, and critical thinkers.”CTE121Image.jpg

In operation since 1994, the ATCL’s classes have contributed to the decision to install the technology currently in all USMA classrooms — i.e., computer projection, VCR/DVD, and wireless networking capabilities. We also experimented with laptops in the classroom for three years to help identify good practices before members of the Class of 2006 began toting their laptops to class.

With CFE's move to 115 Jefferson Hall, all systems were upgraded. Currently, the technologies available in the ATCL (121 Jefferson Hall) include:

  • IP Audio/Video Conferencing System
  • Six three-person workstations with SmartConnect™
  • Six wall-mounted plasma displays with SmartFrames™
  • SmartBoard™ and NEC® HD Projection System
  • Smart Meeting Pro® Collaborative Media System
  • Touchpoint™ Audience Response Systems ("clickers")
  • VHS record/playback; DVD playback
  • AppleTV digital media player and a microconsole
  • Wired and Wireless Network connections

If you’d like to experiment with any technology for instruction in the ATCL, please contact Dr. Mark Evans at 938-5502 or Mr. Patrick Gill at 938-4670.

Items of Interest
CTE121List.jpgSee courses and lessons taught in the ATCL since it opened Fall 2008. CTE2.jpgRead Dr. Evans' article about the ATCL adobe_pdf_icon.png, excerpted from the May/June 2009 issue of Assembly.
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