August 8, 2014
As a result of Technology Fee funding, students can now learn about wildlife and ecosystems with real-time connectivity in UF’s Natural Area Teaching Lab (NATL).
Selected for funding in the 2013 “Tech Fee” submission cycle, the project brings Wi-Fi and distance learning opportunities to the university’s 60-acre outdoor classroom.
NATL hosts hundreds of field trips and class projects each year for more than 35 courses in four different UF colleges (CALS, CLAS, Education, and Engineering). Having Wi-Fi connectivity in NATL brings students and instructors to UF’s only outdoor classroom for on-site teaching and learning experiences about Florida ecology and biological diversity. The Wi-Fi connectivity work, completed on July 1, also provides for enhanced tour options by NATL’s teaching assistants and Florida Museum of Natural History volunteers, who can interact with visitors via tablets when describing the upland pine trails and wetlands. An added bonus: NATL’s owl nesting box will live-stream from its very own webcam once owls begin nesting in the fall!
Tech Fee funds are designated for projects to enhance instructional technology services and IT infrastructure. Students, faculty, or staff may submit a concept paper for funding consideration. Visit the Technology Fee website for information on submitting a proposal.