Johnson Hall / Global Crossroads
2013-14 was a big year for the advancement of digital technologies at Occidental College with the completion of the Johnson Hall renovation and opening of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs.
This remarkable building combines the best of the old and the new, with the preservation of historical exterior and interior details, and the invention of a bold new teaching and learning space, which integrates online and physical communication. On April 26, 2014, Occidental celebrated the formal Dedication of the McKinnon Center, along with the Varelas Innovation Lab, Choi Auditorium, and Irwin Field Media Classroom.
At the nerve center of these spaces are the Global Forum media wall and its web-based scholarly authoring platform, Global Crossroads. In preparation for the opening, staff and student workers from Scholarship Technology worked closely with faculty, administrators and staff of the McKinnon Center, International Programs Office, and Special Collections to develop sample content. During the academic year, Global Crossroads began to demonstrate the potentials of a new integrated medium of scholarly communication at the heart of a liberal arts college:
- To showcase student experiences, study and research as “citizens of the world”
- To advance student literacies in the languages of new media
- To empower student participation in public discourse, social action and economic innovation
- To foster connections between disciplines and fields of study
- To bridge modes of inquiry, such as the sciences, arts and humanities toward an emergent conception of the “digital liberal arts.”
Highlights toward those goals include:
- Submission and display of over 100 dispatches (a form of digital postcard) by students studying abroad or at home
- Authorship of over 400 student, faculty, and staff projects, including over 10,000 individual content resources and assertions
- Scheduled and drop-in trainings and lab sessions at the Varelas Innovation Lab for support of Global Crossroads and other digital media and technologies
- Integration of student projects in over 15 courses, with thematic emphases on mapping and geospatial evidence, globalization, global culture, diplomacy, technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and indigenous cultures
- Showcasing of student participation in Occidental’s UN, Young Fund, Richter and Keck undergraduate research programs.
- Use of Johnson Hall as an event space for a TEDx Occidental College event, Alumni Weekend, and other meetings, gatherings, lectures, hackathons and presentations, with various usage scenarios for the media wall, including Crossroads content; real-time display of Tweets and RSS feeds; audio/visual display from an external source; and for simulcasting events in Thorne Hall, Choi Auditorium, and elsewhere on the Oxy campus.
For more information, please contact Christopher Gilman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Info Center:
- Technology Support Desk:
(323) 259-2880 email@example.com
- IR Operations Offices: (323) 259-2832