Last Wednesday On September 21, 2016, the Academic Innovation Studio hosted a Grand Opening Reception to celebrate the official grand opening of the new faculty/researcher space. Over 75 people attended the afternoon celebration.
The event, which was open to all instructors, researchers, graduate student instructors/researchers, and support staff, was an opportunity for guests and partners to explore the space and the resources available to those looking for support in teaching and research from experts in diverse areas like Educational Technology Services, Center for Teaching & Learning, the Library, Research IT, bConnected and BRCOE. With the help of a “self-guided tour” guests worked their way through several stations to get to know the resources available such as workshop and event spaces, a DIY media recording studio, DIY computer workstations with media editing software, consultations, a casual drop-in/meet-up space for faculty and researchers, and more.
Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, Catherine Koshland, helped to kick-off the event by offering remarks highlighting the long-term goal of creating a hub for faculty and researchers to find support and inspiration.
John Wallace, a Lecturer with the East Asian Languages and Cultures department and Co-Chair of the Executive Steering Group for Educational Technology Services, also spoke to the group on the value a space like the AIS brings to the teaching and research community at Berkeley.
We encourage instructors and researchers to continue to meet with meet with each other and AIS consultants, join workshops and events, and utilize the drop-in space and workstations which is open M-F 7:45am - 5pm.