What all this means is that we’ve changed the way we think about things. If we need to make a decision, we now can view information from three or four different schools to see how they are managing something.
We can aggregate data from a number of different databases, such as the NCAA online database, our ID works swipe card system, and Microsoft Great Plains. Our processes have been improved at the top administration level, but changes also have trickled down into the management of residence halls.
For example, our RAs recently developed an iPad app to streamline management of the residence halls.
How has your campus financed its technology initiatives?
In 2008, we received a Title III grant focused on increasing student retention through training faculty and staff in the multiple uses of interactive and assistive technology.
The five-year, $2 million grant has helped fund ongoing technology training sessions, such as use of the iPad as an instructional tool; Web 2.0 applications such as screencasting, podcasting, wikis, and other collaborative tools; multimedia resources such as iMovie; assistive technology tools and resources such as the built-in accessibility features of a computer operating system, popular screen-reading applications, and scan/read devices; and the use of video-gaming concepts to support the instructional process.
What initiative are you most proud of, and why?
The Enterasys network infrastructure has allowed us to provide the backbone our campus needed to embrace today’s wireless devices and Web 2.0 technologies.
Our new campus infrastructure allows us to see all network activity in real time, which means there are no surprise security issues. Also, the Enterasys wireless solution has provided a significant improvement as both student and faculty demand for wireless access continues to grow.