These are a few of the current projects LTS is working on
iPad pilot, phase 3
LTS is currently engaged in a pilot with Apple to explore the potential benefits of iPads in the classroom. Currently, phase 3 of the pilot is running this fall semester. During this phase our 12 participating faculty members will meet weekly and give example classes to each other that are designed to demonstrate what iPads and MacBooks can do to enhance learning outcomes and student achievement.
Flat World Knowledge pilot
Flat World Knowledge is a young textbook publishing company with a business model a little different from some of the other major publisher. For one thing, they offer their materials free of charge in digital form as an option for students. Another interesting feature is that since their works are copywritten using the Creative Commons sharealike license, instructors can edit the text by removing sections or adding passages to best fit the learning outcomes of the course. We are currently planning a pilot for the Spring, so please let us know if you are interested.
Synchronous tools-Blackboard Collaborate trial
Currently LTS is heading a trial with the synchronous tool Blackboard Collaborate. This trial goes through the fall, and is aimed at deciding if Collaborate is a tool we would like to purchase for the campus, or if we need to demo another. LTS is responsible for both collecting and disseminating information to faculty regarding the trial and their satisfaction with BBC.
Did you know that CPCC has a Global Classroom? In the Levine Information Technology building room 1140 is set up as a Global Classroom. This means that it is possible to communicate virtually as a class with other capable schools anywhere in the world. Last spring, in fact, a CPCC Spanish class met, via the Global Classroom, with a class in Arequipa, Peru! LTS is responsible for assisting with the Global Classroom, and is readily available to help our faculty and staff utilize this resource to it's fullest potential.
How can you use Google Plus?
How do you do that? LTS knows! The flipped classroom concept involves taking the lectures out of the classroom and putting them online, freeing class time for practical or problem-oriented work. The idea behind this is that once the teacher records the lecture, students can watch it on their own time. Class time can then be spent with the teacher assisting with the practical application of learned materials. Here at LTS, we're interested in helping our CPCC faculty use these techniques at the college.
They are Massive Online Open Courses, and they may be the wave of the future. LTS is finding out! Gary and Margaret are both participating in, and researching MOOCs this semester.
EdCamp Charlotte is a user-generated “unconference” event for anyone who is interested in improving student success. An “EdCamp” is based on the "BarCamp" event model for providing open, participatory workshop events, with content provided by participants. It’s a fun, innovative and free way for the community to gather, exchange ideas and share experiences, and LTS is always there to help out!
No, this is not simply a gathering of ITS. The Geek Festival is an exciting and eclectic annual celebration of the “geek” in all of us; an event designed to educate, energize, and inspire the minds of our students and the community through highlighting the constant creative innovations in technology, media, and industry. And, LTS will be there helping out this November 15!