The center offers services to help professors enhance their methods of teaching and adopt new technology to the classroom.
The idea to move the center to the campus store was part of the initial conversation of the renovations because the center had been needing a bigger space to operate.
“The place we have in Winton-Scott is a wonderful lab, and it’s done us great favors for years,” Koehler Center Director for instruction, innovation, and engagement Romy Hughes said. “But we have a greater need now and we have more faculty adopting new technology, so we need a space that could hold a larger audience.”
The new space will accommodate more people, cutting down on the number of workshops necessary in a semester.
“We have to offer maybe seven workshops, now we can offer two because we have more space,” Hughes said.
Koehler Center will use the old room in Winton-Scott Hall, room 108, as a conference room and for consultations.
“We’re still going to use it, we just can’t do big workshops there,” Hughes said.
Hughes said every Monday through Friday the new space in the campus store will be an open lab available for faculty to seek assistance.
The new location is somewhat limited to the store’s hours of operation.
“If they have any events that want to go past late into the evening, we’ll work together to make sure we have someone here to open that up and make sure it’s accessible,” store director Jason Smith said.
Smith said the center’s move could also increase sales at the store.
“We get more traffic from some students or faculty who may not have come in here on a regular basis,” Smith said. “It exposes us to them.”
Labs and workshops begin the week of Sept. 4. and the center will feature an open house Sept. 13.