Information Systems and Services

    Final Steps in our Website Transition Underway This Weekend

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • AC Colleagues:

      IS&S, Integrated Marketing and Admissions staff met this morning and agreed we were ready to go live this afternoon with our new WordPress version of our college website. Once we make the switchover, it will take about 48 hours for all web users world-wide to be redirected to the new site. (more…)

    Summer 2012 Initiatives

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • Colleagues:

      Our planning team will be meeting twice this week to keep several key initiatives on track.  Below is the agenda for our Wednesday and Thursday meetings.  I am copying Lyle and the AC just to give them a heads-up on these summer activities. (more…)

    Blended Learning at Berea

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • I thought you might enjoy browsing our current list of faculty-led blended learning initiatives supported by our Educational Technology team.  You will find some interesting work underway as well as patterns emerging in the way our faculty are adopting new technologies and pedagogies to support deep learning across the curriculum.  You might also notice that most of our colleagues have already agreed to present their work to the Group of 30 at an appropriate time so we can leverage their experiences and explore related opportunities across the curriculum. (more…)

    Update on Group of 30 Activities

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • Our thanks to Scott Steele, Rob Smith, and Gordon Gray for their respective updates on the use of iPod’s in the classroom, e-portfolio systems, and student documentary and feature film production.  (more…)

    Production Studio Is Open for Business

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • Colleagues:

      I am pleased to inform you that students in several media courses taught by Deborah Martin, Billy Wooten, and Gordon Gray have moved into their new home! This is the initial phase of integrating the new facility into our curriculum. My thanks to Billy for passing these photos my way and to everyone that participated in this collaboration. We look forward to viewing some new content from the studio on our new BC On-Demand service as well as digital signage that is being placed in several locations across campus. (more…)

    2011 AIKCU Technology Awards: Berea Receives Recognition in Two Categories

    Production Studio Update

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • Colleagues:

      I wanted to give you a quick update on our progress toward completion of Berea’s new Production Studio.  See the pictures below!  We maintained steady momentum throughout the summer due to the diligence and teamwork of faculty and staff involved in this project.  (more…)

    Educational Technology Update

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • Colleagues:

      I am writing to share some good news.  With the assistance and support of the AC; we are taking an important step this fall to strengthen faculty advocacy for teaching and learning at Berea.  This includes hiring a Director for Educational Technology and the establishment of a new Educational Technology unit on campus.  This transition is a natural extension of Scenario D’s emphasis on Engaged and Transformative Learning and a direct response to numerous faculty discussions in the past year that included members of our Group of 30 along with those involved in last summer’s collective research on the scholarship of teaching/learning and high-impact educational practices.  The new unit will consolidate three full-time staff with expertise in social media, virtual environments, digital media, cloud resources and constructivist pedagogy. (more…)

    Summer 2011 Initiatives

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • Colleagues:

      Our summer is shaping up to be a busy one as we have several key initiatives underway to enhance teaching and learning at Berea. High priority projects include completion of our new Digital Film Production Studio, full rollout of new campus video streaming services, expansion of our deployment of new classroom technologies, and media upgrades in the Alumni Center to promote student collaboration, learning, and communication. We will also hold a department retreat in May to complete the realignment of our IS&S operations to more closely reflect Scenario D’s emphasis on engaged and transformative learning. Attached is the budget breakdown for the Digital Film Production Studio. I am sharing this with you to give you a better understanding of the nature and scope of this effort. The $165,000 budget will be funded from three primary sources including contributions by our Academic Division, one-time sales of surplus technology, and I.T. capital reserves. (more…)

    Berea On-Demand

    • Posted on by John Lympany
    • Colleagues:

      Berea On-Demand is a new video streaming service that will go live in Fall 2011 in conjunction with the new Digital Film Production Studio.  This system will allow us to stream live content or on-demand content developed in the studio to support teaching and learning as well as cocurricular activities.  (more…)

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