ORU Holds Wall Breaking Ceremony for New Global Learning Center
Oral Roberts University held a wall breaking ceremony in Studio One of the Mabee Center on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The wall breaking ceremony was celebrating the start of construction on a new state-of-the-art Global Learning Center.
“We are thrilled to further the globalization of ORU with this new Global Learning Center,” said ORU President William M. Wilson. “This new facility will put ORU on the leading edge as our 50th anniversary approaches and will equip the university as we work to expand the availability of ORU’s unique, whole person education to students around the world.”
The Global Learning Center, one of the core components of the university’s 50th Anniversary Campaign , will pave the way for ORU to open satellite campuses around the world. Classrooms will be equipped with touch technology, interactive smart boards and added visual tools that give professors advanced options as they teach. Classes and programs can also be recorded and stored on file servers to be retrieved by students on their personal devices or computers.
The Global Learning Center will incorporate open architecture, which will provide the flexibility to adapt to ever-changing technology and learning styles. The new facility will include three stories with classrooms, studios, offices and conference rooms on each floor. Additionally, a performance hall will be added, seating 715 people. The third floor will have a new, multi-purpose production studio with high-tech facilities designed to produce video content of ORU faculty members and guest lecturers to be distributed worldwide.
The third floor will also feature a virtual/augmented reality room which will allow student access to more than 7,000 academic subjects in a live format. This special learning area will include an iCube, which projects 4-D images onto three walls and the floor. This special display will allow students to interact with any of the academic objects in the library. Students will also have access to various occupational experiences, such as marine biology or flight simulation.
This more than $7 million project will be paid for through gifts that have been given to the 50th Anniversary Campaign, “To the Uttermost Bounds of the Earth.” The campaign will raise $50 million over the next three years to impact academic growth and expansion.