USD Showcases the Classroom of the Future

6th Annual Faculty Technology Open House

As the classroom of the 21st century continues to evolve, the University of San Diego will demonstrate the latest developments at the sixth annual Faculty Technology Open House on Friday, Feb. 17. The open house takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. in USD’s University Center Forums.

The event aims to engage and inspire faculty in their use of teaching technology and brings together USD’s information technology professionals and technology partners for an afternoon filled with information, including demonstrations, exhibits and presentations by faculty members and students.

Presenters include faculty members who will share about new products and techniques they have found to be useful in their teaching and research. A faculty group involved with an iPad classroom project will have an interactive session where they discuss how they have integrated the iPad into their curriculum. Students will also highlight their accomplishments and development of technology-based projects. 

Guest speaker, Amy Collier, associate director for Technology and Teaching at Stanford University, who has received national acclaim for her work with innovative learning space design in the classroom to create interactive, flexible learning spaces that can accommodate a wide variety of learning activities, will give a short talk followed by an interactive session.

“We are excited to demonstrate how innovative, cost-effective technologies can significantly improve teaching, learning and research for our students and faculty,” said Shahra Meshkaty, senior director of Academic Technology Services.

Other presentations will explore cloud computing, classroom video presentations and creation, and social media such as Facebook in higher education. New developments in the migration of the learning management system from WebCT to Blackboard, which augment over 1200 courses at USD annually and provides instructors with online connectivity to students outside of class hours for continued discussions, email, live chat, and class document sharing.

Vendors who will be exhibiting at this year’s open house include SMART, Tidebreak, Apple, USD Torero Store, Absolute Software, AMX, Datatel+SGHE, HP/Sarcom, AT&T,  EndNote, Echo 360, Southland Technology,  Adobe, Cisco Systems, ComputerLand, Blackboard,  Microsoft,  Qualtrics,  WolfVision,  i>clicker, Steelcase as well as the many support units within USD's Information Technology Services organization.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.