Tech giant invites HU, others nationwide to test new educational tools
Tech heavyweight HP Inc. has picked Harrisburg University of Science & Technology to join other colleges in testing virtual reality, 3D printers and other cutting-edge educational tools in 2018.
Details, including the specific technologies, are still being worked out, said Eric Darr, president and CEO of Harrisburg University. But, he said, the university is excited to work with HP, formerly Hewlett-Packard, and provide feedback on emerging technology in education.
"This is a good testament to what we’re trying to be, which is an entrepreneurial, technology-oriented university," Darr said. "And this is one more outside entity that validates what we’re doing."
HP announced the so-called Campus of the Future initiative last week at an educational-technology conference in Philadelphia.
"Our goal is to help build a future of next-generation experiences for students while equipping them with technology to pursue their passions – whether it be in particle physics or drama," the California-based company wrote in a blog post on its website.
Other schools taking part in the HP initiative are Dartmouth College, Gallaudet University, Hamilton College, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Lehigh University, Syracuse University, University of San Diego and Yale University, as well as Florida International University’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios.
"We’re a test bed for new and emerging technologies for use in education," Darr said.
Darr said HU was asked to join the group based on existing relationships with HP. "I think they understand that we’re an entrepreneurial institution and we’re not afraid to try new technology."