The ITS Annual Report is in! See what Information Technology Services has been working on in 2013 and 2014, with special highlights on Teaching & Learning!
As the report states:
“ITS is building a new, higher standard of connectivity in both on-campus and digital classrooms…we focus on how technology can enhance learning objectives and create a richer student experience.“
Classrooms Go Digital
As we previously mentioned, several campus classrooms have been undergoing upgrades since this summer, including the addition of new Document Cameras. This new equipment is part of a multi-year project of converting 200 analog rooms to digital, ten of which were completed this summer! All 200 analog classrooms are scheduled to be completed by mid-August of 2016. Here are some key points:
- We now have 56 digital classrooms
- 21 rooms with only a chalkboard converted
- 13 rooms outfitted for web conferencing with cameras and ceiling mics, ranging from 15-seat to 190-seat rooms
- New Doc Cams enable web conferencing
- Allows for guest speakers and subject experts in the classroom!
- Added HDMI cable outputs to project tablets and smartphones
- 232 new wireless access points to bring wireless internet to 182 classrooms!
Don’t forget that red telephone in the classroom! Any time you need assistance, just pick up that red phone to connect directly with the Classroom Hotline. Because the Hotline monitors classroom equipment remotely, chances are that we may have already discovered and fixed the problem before the classes started, allowing you to focus on what’s truly important–learning in the classroom!
MOOCs at Carolina
If you have not heard, there has been a big movement towards Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in higher education these past few years. UNC became a part of the MOOC Movement in 2013 by offering several MOOCs through Coursera.
By the Numbers
- 7.5 million Coursera learners
- 160,000 students enrolled in UNC MOOCs to date
- 190 Countries represented in UNC MOOCs
- 30% Students from emerging economies
- 38,000 Students currently “watching” UNC Course MOOCs for new offerings
Check out Coursera to see all the MOOC offerings by UNC! They are FREE and open to anyone. Here is some more information on MOOCs in higher ed:
- What is a MOOC? [Educause]
- What You Need to Know about MOOCs [The Chronicle of Higher Education]
- Impacts of MOOCs on Higher Education [Inside Higher Ed]
The Blackboard to Sakai Migration officially ended early January 2013, which was a collaborative effort between numerous people across campus to provide support to Faculty, Students, and Staff to make way for the new learning management system at UNC. The transition included many outlets of support, several of which are still available to the UNC Community today–
- Personal consultations
- Sakai Blog
- Sakai Tutorials
- Faculty Spotlights
- Custom “migrate content” tool to migrate course content from Blackboard into Sakai
Way to go, Carolina! It’s been a great year for teaching and learning!
“Building on success…is an atmosphere of collaboration that we foster at ITS
and with our students, faculty, staff and broader community.”
- Chris Kielt, UNC Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO