The Robert H. Smith Audio-Visual Learning
Center, which was established
in 1987, was made possible through the generosity of
Mr. Robert H. Smith,
a former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of
The aim of the Center is to improve teaching methods and give faculty
and students access to modern pedagogical tools. The facilities and equipment
available are amongst the most advanced of their kind, and they emphasize
the uniqueness of the Center.
Among the enormous advantages that the Center offers are:
Close-circuit broadcasting of lectures to
rooms when the lecture hall cannot accommodate all the students.
Taping of lectures for students unable to
attend class due to army reserve
duty or prolonged illness; for new immigrants with language difficulties;
and for all students for revision of lectures before their exams.
At present the video library contains 2500 video films, which have been
produced or edited by the Center's staff and which can be viewed at 11
Filming of complicated experiments and rare
field phenomena as well as field trips.
Close-circuit systems for teacher training,
including an observation room.
Group demonstration of high-quality
Teaching computer programming and data processing to large audiences.
Availability of fixed and portable projectors
capable of projecting
images or films from a computer or from a VCR, with possible connection
to the University's network, enabling lecturers to display multimedia courses
prepared and stored on central computers.
In addition to the teaching activities held on a regular basis,
the Center is also frequently used for various other one-time lectures
and exercises, and also for national and international meetings, workshops,
seminars and conferences. Outside organizations,
such as local community
groups, can also make use of the Center's facilities by special arrangement.
The original Center comprised two audio-visual classrooms, a technical
studio, and a room for viewing video films. Mr. Smith's generosity
enabled the recent expansion
of the Center by the construction of two additional audio-visual classrooms.
These have been carefully designed for both lectures and group
work. A one-way mirror separates the two adjoining rooms, enabling
one room to be utilized as a much-needed observation room.
Future enhancements planned for the Center include providing lecturers
with tools to easily create their own multimedia teaching aids,
in universally accessible digital formats for use in lecture halls,
classrooms and off campus.
During recent years and with the gift from Robert and Arlene Kogod in
honor of Mr. Robert H. Smith, five additional classrooms were equipped
with audio-visual equipment and affiliated to the Center.
To contact us:
Manager: Dudu Regev