The Teaching and Learning Center continues to be involved with several technology updates and upgrades across campus. The summer months have provided an opportunity to upgrade and improve instructional technologies both in classrooms and online. The CSC Online-Sakai Meetings tool, Vidyo, “Stick” PCs, and JTouch touchscreens are a few of the technologies recently introduced and/or updated around campus.
CSC Online-Sakai Meetings tool
The CSC Online-Sakai Meetings tool provides a rich multimedia component that can be activated inside CSC Online-Sakai courses. Improvements to the Meetings tool continue to be implemented to expand the tool’s capabilities and reliability. This fall the Teaching and Learning Center will conduct a Meetings Tool workshop to introduce and explore features and functionality of the tool.
The Vidyo Platform has been providing enterprise-grade desktop, mobile, classroom, and conference room videoconferencing capabilities including lecture-capture and streaming functionality to campus since 2011. This summer the Vidyo platform has been fully “virtualized” providing an avenue for continued improvement of multi-function videoconferencing services and additional integration opportunities.
Touchscreens and Micro-sized Computers
Touchscreens and “stick” or micro-sized computers are being piloted in several classroom and collaborative spaces around campus. Modern 65” touchscreens provide an updated experience to Smart Board and similar Interactive White Board (IWB) instructional technologies. Stick PC’s and other Internet of Things (IoT) platforms integrate economical full-featured computer capabilities discreetly into displays and projectors.
I strongly encourage all faculty and staff to examine and experiment with classroom and collaborative technologies updated in various areas across campus. Addressing technology questions, support issues, and familiarizing yourself with equipment before classes begin will make your fall semester classes more successful!
Increasingly, the TLC is focused on reporting emerging technologies and identifying professional development opportunities that enhance teaching and learning on our campus. As the TLC staff reviews technologies, we will hold informational seminars and invite faculty to participate in a testing and review process. To discuss training opportunities and/or suggest “new arrival” gadgets, please stop in for a visit or contact the TLC’s IT Analyst, Jereme Patterson (firstname.lastname@example.org or 308.432.6234).