McCormick Educational Technology Center (METC)

The McCormick Educational Technology Center (METC), a division of the Library of Rush University Medical Center, is a media and computing center designed to facilitate independent study and self-enrichment through use of computer software and audiovisual (AV) material. The METC also provides support to faculty in the use of instructional technology as a part of their curricula.

The METC houses a large collection of computer software, DVDs, videocassettes, CD-ROMs, videodiscs, slides and audiocassettes, which are available for student and faculty use. Students and faculty may request, in advance, media materials for use in course presentations.

Included at the METC are 10 group viewing rooms, a 40-workstation computer classroom, a 17-workstation computer classroom, a 10-workstation computer classroom and a computer/AV lab which houses 60 workstations and two scanning workstations. All computer workstations run Windows XP, Office 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access) as well as over 100 application covering a wide range of specialties. Group viewing room reservations may be made in person at the METC circulation desk, or by calling (312) 942-6799. During hours of operation, AV viewing and computer aided instruction (CAI) software use has first priority over all over viewing room uses, including individual or group study. Faculty may reserve computer classrooms online at Faculty requiring accounts to reserve computer classrooms should contact the METC.

The METC is a major Internet access point at the University, providing World Wide Web and e-mail access to all Rush University students. Students have access on a first-come, first-served basis to the computer lab 24 hours a day (with a valid Rush University I.D.). The department also offers laptop PCs to students for limited checkout.

METC staff assist faculty in locating, previewing, and acquiring commercially produced software and media for use within their courses. Help with data collection research forms (e.g. surveys) is available through consultation with METC staff. The METC provides access to a series of Survey Monkey accounts, allowing students and faculty to easily facilitate short-term online survey projects.

The METC provides guidance and assistance in providing instructional technology support to faculty who wish to provide more advanced materials to students. Using products such as Wimba Live Classroom and Camtasia, the METC provides access to methods of both creating lecture files to post in Rush University 's learning management system (LMS), but also to virtual classroom software which allows distance education students to communicate with their instructors, and each other, in real time. The METC collaborates with Information Services (IS) to proved LMS support for both faculty and students.