Academic Computing is officially comprised of two groups: Classroom Technology and Instructional Technology. However, the entire Information Technology staff understands that meeting the needs of the faculty, students and academic program is our primary mission. We also partner with the Library and the Christian A. Johnson Center for Teaching & Learning to help faculty think through problems they may be experiencing or in redesigning courses.
Teaching and learning technologies are an integral component in the delivery of academic content. There are a multitude of applications that can be utilized to deliver the content which can be overwhelming. The Instructional Technology group has selected a core group of technology applications to support . The categories of applications can be seen below:
The Instructional Technology group also hosts Professor 2 Professor workshops throughout the semester. This semester's schedule can be viewed here.
The Instructional Technology group often assists faculty in the integration of technology into their teaching in a variety of ways. The department offers a Faculty Instructional Technology Integration Grant also known as the FITI Grant. This grant is a yearly grant that assists faculty in integrating technology into their classrooms. Some of our past recipients and projects are listed below:2011-2012 Grant Recipients:
Julian Chambliss - Mobile Applications for Humanities Research (MAFHR)
Sue Easton - Digital Media and Assessment in Public Speaking
Ted Gournelous - Video Production: An Integrative Approach
Lisa Tillman - Enhancing Student Learning through Digital Media Production
Keith Whittingham - Video-Storytelling in Global Sustainability Course
2009-2010 Grant Recipients:
Joshua Almond - 3D Digital Printing
Hoyt Edge - Incorporating Videos into the Classroom
Dana Hargrove - Learning website design
Paul Harris - Online Tutorial for Using CIE Results
Harry Kypraios - Multimedia Wiki
Kenneth Pestka - Stellar Evolution and Cosmology
Dawn Roe - Learning Digital Media and Video Editing
Rachel Simmons - Course development in Digital Media
The group is always willing to work with faculty on extended projects outside of the grants, a few recent projects are listed below:
- The Rollins-Apopka Area Community Partnership – a wiki that serves as an information repository for the two decade partnership between Rollins faculty and students and the Apopka community.
- Chemistry blogs - a blog site has been established that allows the chemistry professors and students to give pointers in their labs.
- Pompeii Field Study - Faculty will be using ipads, annotation software and blogs to produce a website that is a didactic tool for the classroom. On-site real time access will be via mobile devices.
- Abaco Field Study - This RCC course, taught by instructional technologists, allowed students to participate in utilizing technology to assist in educating students with learning difficuties. The course also involved working with thecomputer science faculty to develop and plan a network installation by Rollins students in an Abaco school.
- Songs of Wekiva -a professor converted his mulit-document website into a book using iTunes U for distribution and publishing the book to an online site free of charge.
- Mediasite - Lectures and vocal instruction were captured from a Speech and Voice course for the purpse of providing review materials for students. Students idicated a high level of satisfaction with this method and overall scores of students improved.