Instructional Resource Center and Mason Media Lab Show off New Looks

Posted: February 8, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The Instructional Resource Center (IRC) and the Mason Media Lab (MML) will each open their doors to faculty and staff in February.

The IRC will use the open house tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to show off the all-new center-new location at Innovation Hall, Room 427, and new arrangement, resources, and staff. The instructional support manager, Lisa Andion, lab manager, Jim Ouellette, and staff will be showing visitors the center’s new software, including WebCT 4.1 and SynchroEyes 5.1, and any other software that visitors have questions about, says Oullette.

“Need scanners? We have two high-quality flatbed scanners and experts to assist you. Need to scan a book or archive your files in a digital format? Come in and use our Optical Character Recognition software. We have experts who can help you with Scantrons, learning PC programs, Mac programs, weblogging, or online discussion tools,” says Ouellette. “Come for the refreshments and door prizes, stay for the learning.”

For more information or to RSVP, contact Ouellette at or 703-993-4766.

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Mason Media Lab will showcase a portfolio of faculty and student projects in the Johnson Center, Room 311G. The lab has been remodeled and has new production technologies available. Free food and door prizes will be on hand for the open house.

“The Mason Media Lab is a production media lab supporting faculty grants, community-based class projects, production-level support for students, and multimedia projects for the university,” says Charlotte Rinderknecht, manager of the MML. “In addition, we provide large format printing with HP DesignJet for faculty and students. We will be showcasing projects completed in the lab, as well as artwork produced by Art and Visual Technology students.” While use of the lab is offered at no cost for approved projects, lab services are otherwise available at a reduced price.

Apple representatives will be available during the open house, and there will be drawings for software, jump drives, and a grand prize iPod Shuffle. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, e-mail

The open house is being supported by Learning Support Services, the Division of Instructional Technology and Support Services, Patriot Computers, Apple, and the Mac User Group.

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