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Wednesday, March 18 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Providing an Environment for Authentic Learning experiences by Serving as "Client" for Computer Science Capstone Projects

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Loyola Notre Dame Library recently began partnering with the computer science department on senior capstone projects. By providing ready to go ideas and library-provided makerspace equipment, the library serves as client to students working through all phases of their projects: user requirements solicitation, design, implementation, and ultimately launch. This program has been a positive experience for all involved: the students gained valuable experience working through software design methodology and creating software in response to a real-world problem, the department gained a project with which to encourage hands-on learning, and the library acquired technology that could be implemented for assessment purposes. In the spring of 2018, a student developed a dry-erase board usage recording system using a fast vibration sensor, a Raspberry Pi, and a MySQL database. In the spring of 2020, the library served as client for two teams of two students. One team expanded the dry erase board usage system to include a low battery sensor and beacon technology to geolocate boards. A second team developed a meeting room occupancy system that could provide real time data on which rooms are available.

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Matthew Treskon

Technology Librarian, Loyola Notre Dame Library
Provides strategic vision and leadership of library technology operations and initiatives to support faculty and students.

Wednesday March 18, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Library 250