OIT News

As the end of the fiscal year approaches, Franklin College is closing out Student Technology Fee accounts for FY14 and encouraging departments to update their Student Technology Fee requests in preparation for FY15.
The Learning Technologies Grant (LTG) program is accepting applications for fiscal year 2015. The program's purpose is to encourage innovative uses of technology in the classroom and new methods of teaching that will enhance the academic experience for both students and faculty. LTG projects are funded by student technology fees, and funding can be requested for equipment, materials, technical staff support, consulting, and software; funds can be granted to academic departments or units like the University Libraries or EITS that provide educational support to students. The deadline to apply for funds is Wednesday, April 30, 2014. For more information, including proposal formatting, requirements and restrictions, and a link to submit your proposal, go to http://ctl.uga.edu/ltg.
On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, the Division of Biological Sciences is hosting an open house to celebrate the opening of their first SCALE-UP classroom from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in room 326 of the Biological Sciences building.  SCALE-UP (Student Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs) was first developed at North Carolina State University with the idea of bringing a small class, collaborative approach to learning to large-enrollment courses. Rather than the typical one-way flow of information from instructor to student, concepts are presented to students through group activity, with the instructor standing by to clear up misunderstandings and answer questions. “Faculty go from being the ‘sage on the stage’ to being the ‘guide on the side’,” as Dr. Mark Farmer, chair of the division, puts it.
Purpose Franklin College is revising the annual staff awards. In FY2014, Franklin OIT will continue to offer an IT Professional of the Year Award. This award recognizes an IT professional for his or her excellent performance and outstanding contributions to the College. The recipient will be recognized at a Franklin OIT reception in late spring where he or she will receive an award of $1,000 and a certificate of recognition.
Need to make up for lost time after the recent snow days? You might consider using Blackboard Collaborate to record missed or make-up lectures. Blackboard Collaborate is a web-conferencing system that allows users to meet, present, and collaborate in a virtual environment—in most cases, if you can do it in a real room, you can do it in a Blackboard Collaborate room! Instructors can hold live classes or simply record lectures for students to view at their leisure. Best of all, the tool is built-in to eLC, so Collaborate rooms are easy to setup and easy for students to access.