Roanoke College is dedicated to providing the best Educational Technology for its students. The College's faculty work in partnership with the IT staff to discuss, test and implement technology projects to improve the classroom experience. Some of these projects are currently in the pilot stage and are undergoing testing by a few volunteers before being implemented across campus.
Liebman Technology Innovation Projects
A generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Leon Liebman supports these projects, which foster new developments in educational technology.
3-D Printing - Professor Frances Bosch (Teaching Associate, Biology); Dr. Leslie Warden (Assistant Professor, Fine Arts); Brian Kluge '15; Michael Kluge (IT)
After surveying faculty from many departments and carefully researching the options, Professor Bosch and Michael Kluge selected the MakerBot Replicator 2X as the 3-D printer that best suits the College's needs. This innovative technology literally adds a new dimension to the study of natural and man-made artifacts. Through 3-D printing, items transcend the surfaces of page and screen to become physical objects students can turn over in their hands and examine from all angles. This sophisticated technology can simulate the complex shapes and varied textures of organic and inorganic forms, and it will be useful across a variety of disciplines; the possibilities range from structural models of molecules to replicas of bones or archeological relics such as clay pottery or stone tools.
"When students are able to touch a molecule and examine it in a 3-D manner, often the physical interactions are made simple. Ideas become real!" - DorothyBelle Poli, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biology
GIS Projects - Dr. Steven Powers (Associate Professor, Biology); Katelyn Bockwoldt '16; Michael Santoroski (IT)
The purpose of this ambitious digitization project is to make the extensive Roanoke College Ichthyology Collection available for Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis in a searchable electronic format. The collection comprises fifty years' worth of fieldwork in the form of 130,000 fish specimens from 475 different species in jars with their associated geographical and temporal data. The majority of the specimens were collected under the supervision of Bob Jenkins, author of Freshwater Fishes of Virginia, and the collection is currently being managed by Steve Powers. Kate Bockwoldt has been digitally cataloging the specimens during the 2013-2014 academic year, and she and Dr. Powers will collaborate with Michael Santoroski this summer to develop an interactive web interface that will make this data accessible to researchers all over the world.
Technology Innovation Projects:
Apple Classroom - Dr. Dar Jorgensen (Thornhill Professor, Biology); David Mulford and Michael Kluge (IT)
Apple classroom increases mobility within classrooms and labs. Professors use an iPad to show presentations and pictures while they walk around the classroom, assisting students during experiments and projects by bringing up helpful information and websites as needed.
Flipping the Classroom - Dr. Jan Minton (Teaching Associate, Math/Computer Science/Physics); David Mulford (IT)
In a flipped classroom, professors record videos on various topics and students watch them before class, so class time can be used for discussion and active, hands-on learning.
ArcGIS server - Dr. Katherine O'Neill (Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies); Michael Kluge and Randy Stubstad (IT)
The ArcGIS server supports GIS usage with a fast, reliable and accessible environment. Students can access ArcGIS from specialized labs and through the Internet.
Television and Video Editing Studio - David Mulford
The Roanoke College TV Production Studio, located on the lower level of Fintel Library, is a new multidisciplinary resource for live streaming, recording and editing video productions. The studio is outfitted with two cutting-edge HD video cameras, green screen and teleprompter, as well as professional sound, lighting and editing equipment.
Wordpress Services for Faculty - Michael Santoroski
Roanoke College provides academic departments and faculty with Wordpress blogs that publicly showcase projects, research, scholarship and travel experiences.
If you are a faculty member with an idea for an Educational Technology project click here to fill out a TAP form.
If you are a faculty member interested in requesting a piece of equipment for Educational Technology click here to fill out a CAP form.
If you are interested in getting a wordpress blog for your department or yourself please click here to fill out a request form.
If you need to borrow the following technology equipment, it is available through the Library Circulation desk:
Canon Vixia HF R300 HD Digital Video Cameras
Canon Rebel 4Ti Digital SLR Camera
Olympus Digital Voice Recorders
Epson PowerLit Home Cinema 710HD Projectors