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Technology Plan 2004-2007

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Learning Resources: Instructional Multi-Media Services

Description
Currently each classroom has an overhead projector, television monitor or data projector and a VCR. Recent technology has allowed for more efficient and effective instructional design by using computer-based systems. The goal is to equip all classrooms with a basic Visual and Audio Learning System consisting of computer with DVD player, DVD/VCR, document camera, and data projector all controlled from a smart podium or smart cart. Currently there are not enough of these SmartRooms to meet the demand. As part of the installation of new technology white boards need to replace the use of the traditional black boards (chalkboards). Chalk dust is very harmful to new technology. Classrooms are equipped and upgraded according to faculty/curriculum requirements and requests.
 
The SmartRooms have become so important and so basic to instruction that they need to be upgraded (i.e., rolled over) on the same schedule as computer labs: every three years. This kind of systematic upgrading will insure consistent high quality in all campus teaching environments.
 
In addition to the permanently installed classroom learning systems, IMS makes other technology available to faculty including lap top computers, portable data projectors, document cameras, video cameras, slide projectors, and tape recorders/CD players.
 
An increasing number of faculties are interested in developing their own multi-media materials. In order to support this effort, IMS can provide the faculty with technical support as well as production equipment which includes slide scanner, CD-R & DVD-R writers, video editing, portable video equipment (camcorders), video cameras, digital (still) cameras.
 
IMS is very dependant on work-study students. However, many work-study students are not available during the times they are most needed: mornings, evenings, and Saturdays. IMS needs to maintain its hourly budget to provide service to the classroom 15 hours a day.

Curriculum Impact
The use of technology in the classroom enhances the instructor’s ability to present materials visually and to encourage interactivity with the students. Incorporating technology into the curriculum can have a positive impact on learning.

Approximate Number of Students Served
Campus wide.
 
Support Impact
As more and more of our Faculty depend on technology we will need to provide immediate technical support to the classroom for both day and evening classes. A full time evening IMS Technician, Sr. is required to provide this technical support.

Year 1 (2004-2005)

Objective

  • Place standard SmartRoom equipment into a minimum of 7 additional classrooms.
  • Replace outdated Pentium 3-550 computers that are installed in Smart Carts throughout the campus.
  • Replace existing 36” Gateway Monitors with Data Projectors.
  • Install document cameras into rooms where faculty have found them necessary to teach their classes.
  • Replace existing instructional equipment that is damaged and not repairable.
  • Purchase new instructional equipment as required by faculty.
  • Purchase computer components and software to extend the usability of present systems.
  • Provide more support to evening faculty and students.
  • Install and repair instructional equipment between semesters.
  • Enhance the IMS Technician, Sr. position for the evening shift to full time.

Action to Meet Objective

  • Purchase 35 computer systems, 19 data projectors, and 7 computer podiums plus associated peripherals.
  • Purchased 7 DVD/VCRs for new installations and 32 additional DVD/VCRs to replace VCR only units to convert to the new medium of DVD.
  • Install 12 Video Presenters (document cameras) in selected rooms where requested by faculty.
  • Replace 12 existing 36” Gateway monitors with data projectors.
  • Purchase 100 instructional equipment carts to replace un-reparable units.
  • Hire additional temporary staff to help with the installation of equipment.
  • Maintain part-time personnel budget.
  • Increase staff development opportunities, especially in the technology areas.
  • Maintain, repair, modify, upgrade and install instructional equipment.
  • Obtain approval and enhance the evening IMS Technician, Sr. position to full time.

Year 2 (2005-2006)

Objective

  • Equip 6 additional classrooms with standard SmartRoom learning systems packages.
  • Replace Pentium 3-550 and slower computers that are installed in Smart Carts throughout the campus.
  • Replace 4 existing 36” Gateway monitors with data projectors.
  • Install document cameras into rooms where faculty have found them necessary to teach their classes.
  • Replace existing instructional equipment that is damaged and not repairable.
  • Provide new instructional equipment requested by faculty.
  • Upgrade current systems (computer components and software) in order to extend the useful life of present systems when possible.
  • Maintain, repair, modify, upgrade and install instructional equipment.
  • Enhance the IMS Technician, Sr. position for the evening shift to full time.

Action to Meet Objective

  • Complete any 2004-05 Technology Plan action and objectives.
  • Purchase 8 computer systems, 20 data projectors, and 8 computer podiums plus associated peripherals.
  • Replace 4 existing 36” Gateway monitors with data projectors.
  • Install 15 Video Presenters (document cameras) in selected rooms where requested by faculty to support their instruction.
  • Purchase 19 DVD/VCRs for new installations and 26 additional DVD/VCRs to replace VCR only units to convert to the new medium of DVD.
  • Purchase 50 instructional equipment carts to replace un-reparable units.
  • Replace “black boards” with white boards in all SmartRooms.
  • Hire additional temporary staff for the installation of equipment.
  • Provide necessary staff development.
  • Obtain approval and enhance the evening IMS Technician, Sr. position to full time.

Year 3 (2006-2007)
Updated September 2006

Objective

·         Equip 4 additional classrooms with standard SmartRoom learning systems packages.

·         Replace outdated data projectors with new state-of-the-art projectors.

·         Install document cameras into rooms where faculty have found them necessary to teach.

·         Hire additional temporary staff to help with the installation of equipment.

·         Maintain part-time personnel budget.

·         Increase staff development opportunities, especially in the technology areas.

·         Maintain, repair, modify, upgrade and install instructional equipment.

Action to Meet Objective

·         Replace 7 outdated data projectors with new state-of-the-art projectors.

·         Install Document Cameras in 17 classrooms.

·         Replace 4 old Document Cameras with new state-of-the-art-cameras.

·         Replace existing instructional equipment that is damaged and not repairable.

·         Provide new instructional equipment requested by faculty.

·         Upgrade current systems (computer components and software) in order to extend the useful life of present systems when possible.

·         Maintain, repair, modify, upgrade and install instructional equipment.

 


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