August 30, 2016
Members Present: Cathy Sanders, Cindy Wallin, David Lightfoot, Ed McGee, Ernie Wade, Kevin Riley, Mike Danos, Rebecca Honeycutt
Members Absent: Corinne Hoisington, Dominick Launi, Don Bowman, Jim Bell, Michele Fluker, Muriel Mickles
The meeting was held in room 2305 in Amherst Hall due to a class being held in the scheduled room (Amherst 2203).
At the start of the meeting, Ed McGee was re-elected as the chair of the committee and Kevin Riley was agreed upon to continue as the recorder.
David Lightfoot discussed recent technology changes in the classroom along with the updates to room 2123. There were two technology training sessions held in the room during the week of Convocation with approximately 14 faculty members attending between the two sessions. Room 2123 has been updated to include two 80-inch monitors, a new “smart” podium device, touch screen access in the central station and more.
During the discussion about the podium devices, Rebecca Honeycutt asked David about the placement of the podium in the classroom, since many math and science instructors require a great deal of board space due to the length and nature of the problems they need to list on the boards. David stated that most had been planned to be placed along the side of the board/room, and not the center of the board/room.
There has been a move to allow wireless devices connect to projectors in the classrooms. Some classrooms now allow this and there are instructions to show faculty how to connect their devices once the projector has been started. These instructions show directions for connecting different platforms to the projector (Windows, Apple, IOS, Android, etc.) though some platforms may require an application to be downloaded.
Fifteen document cameras have been purchased and most have been installed in classrooms. These document cameras are stationary. Mike Danos asked about the possibility of getting document cameras at the off-site centers and the committee suggested purchasing portable document cameras, which are around $80-$100, for the center which can be moved from classroom to classroom depending on the need of the faculty there.
David talked about a suggestion that was brought up to him about some high school classrooms having multiple monitors in the room for students to break up into groups to work on problems. The committee did not think that was an idea worth pursuing at this time due to the limited time instructors have with students in the classroom.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:00pm.
Submitted by Kevin Riley