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Faculty Open House Highlights Classroom Technology

Friday, February 1, 2008

computer_art.jpgApple, Adobe, WebCT/Blackboard, and CPS.

These names might sound like a confusing alphabet soup but they represent the ABCs of the high-tech classroom in the 21st century.

USD professors and their support staff are invited to learn about the latest in academic technology at USD’s second annual Faculty Open House on Friday, Feb. 8 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in Maher Hall, Room 187. No RSVP is necessary and the free event also includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and networking opportunities. There will even be door prizes including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite Standard, a Dell laser printer, an HP digital camera, Microsoft Zune, and an 80GB iPod Silver.

“We want to let the faculty know about the technology that is available to them and how we can assist them in creating a learning environment that is rich and enhanced with appropriate uses of these technologies,” said Shahra Meshkaty, senior director of Academic Technology Services.

The open house will provide demonstrations of the latest technology tools for the classroom, product demonstrations, video and graphics support and streaming media applications.

Some of the new technology tools for classroom use include WebCT CE6, a content system to provide course materials online. More than 1,200 classes are already using this system. And how about virtual office hours? The Wimba Live Classroom and Voice Tools provide technology for students and professors to connect when one or both of them aren’t able to be on campus.

Technology is also creating new ways to connect when professors and students are in the classroom together. “Clicker” technology is an audience response system allowing a professor to quickly take attendance, give a quick quiz or gauge how well students are understanding course material.

Other innovative demonstration projects from faculty and students will be on display including ones for virtual faculty lectures and student presentations. A Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) project will demonstrate a naval science simulation laboratory.

Some of the best-known names in technology have been invited to showcase their products and services including Adobe, Apple, Apreso, ESRI, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, CPS, Microsoft, Wimba and WebCT-Blackboard.

For more information about the open house contact or call (619) 260-7400.

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