Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Faculty Technology Showcase Recap

On December 7th, Educational Technology once again hosted the annual Faculty Technology Showcase. The 2017 Showcase featured twelve presenters showcasing the variety of ways technology is being integrated into instruction, curriculum, and research. This was enough to give us a few challenges space-wise, a 'problem' we're more than happy to have! A full list of our presenters and descriptions is available at the Showcase website.

In addition to highlighting our faculty, Educational Technology brought in some new hardware we're hoping to see make its way into more classrooms in the near future. We featured a VR demo station, where which provided a hands-on look at theVive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear, and Google Cardboard systems. We also gave our laser engraver a live test run as well with promising results, and Chemistry faculty Casey Jones shared how she'd incorporated the classroom iPad set to better leverage online instructional demos.

Also seeing its debut at the Showcase was our freshly constructed lightboard. A lightboard is an DIY illuminated glass whiteboard used for recording video lectures while allowing the presenter to face their audience while presenting. Now that it's complete, we're looking forward to creating opportunities for faculty to create instructional videos.

Last, but certainly not least, we were glad to again offer an opportunity for our community to get together, celebrate success, swap ideas, and, of course, win prizes! At the end of the event, three lucky winners walked away with wireless headphones, a water-resistant Bluetooth speaker, and Amazon Echo Dot. All in all, a fun afternoon. Hope to see you all (and more) again next year!

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