Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 8/10/2006 - UCM's commitment to outreach through technology continues to grow with the recent renovation of two interactive television classrooms in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library.
Public Invited to Open House
The public is invited to view the state-of-the-art classrooms during an open house from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, in rooms 1424 and 1430 in the Kirkpatrick Library.
Cooperative Effort Results in New Technology
Renovation of the two classrooms was completed earlier this summer through the cooperative effort of UCM's Office of Extended Campus and Distance Learning, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the James C. Kirkpatrick Library and UCM Broadcasting Services.
User Friendly, More Reliable
While the dedicated ITV classrooms have been available since the library was opened in 1999, the renovation has made the rooms more technologically user-friendly. New monitors provide improved viewing of content, and a new control system makes it easier for users to control the equipment. Technology upgrades also provide better quality and more reliable connections.
ITV Continues to Grow
"We've more than doubled the use of our ITV facilities for academic classroom use in the past year," said Barbara Carder, assistant director for distance learning. She noted that the continued growth of Central's Summit Center in Lee's Summit is a major factor in the increased demand for courses taught by interactive television.
The classrooms are available for interactive television classes provided and received by the university as part of the WeMET interactive television consortium of schools, as well as for courses taught by interactive television originating from and sent to off-campus sites.
Facilities Available for Community Use
The facilities also are available for use by the community through arrangements with UCM's Center for Teaching and Learning.
"We have three classrooms in Lee's Summit and a total of nine classrooms on campus that are available to any ad hoc community group with a need for two-way interactive conferencing," said Mike Jeffries, director of UCM's CentralNET. Courses tied to a degree program and non-degree credit courses have priority in use of the classrooms, and several classrooms are located within academic departments on campus. Scheduling for use of those classrooms will be coordinated with the departments.
Jeffries added that new technology available in the Kirkpatrick Library classrooms also makes it possible to conduct conferencing through webcast and audio and web site conferencing.
For More Information
For information on the use of UCM interactive classrooms, contact Jeffries at the UCM Center for Teaching and Learning, 660-543-4901.
|Two interactive television classrooms in the University of Central
Missouri's James C. Kirkpatrick Library recently have been
renovated to provide state of the art facilities for campus and
community use. The public is invited to tour the classrooms
during an open house from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21.