Tools for Learning Technology at Saint Mary's Our Lasallian mission guides us to awaken, nurture and empower learners. The investment in meaningful instructional technologies is taken very seriously here at Saint Mary's. Our continued efforts to significantly improve learning outcomes is supported by our investment in cutting edge learning technologies, faculty development programming that assures successfully incorporate of these powerful tools and ongoing assessment practices designed to measure the impact we are having on student learning. Blackboard Saint Mary's University uses Blackboard, an online course management & portal system.+ More Blackboard is a course management system that allows faculty and student to access via the web all course content, technical resources, communication and collaboration tools for each of their courses. This system is also our university portal. This means that students can use Blackboard to post content, plan and coordinate, and facilitate co-curricular and organizational activities. How does Blackboard work for a typical student? Blackboard gives faculty and students a secure method of sharing documents and information. No more sliding assignments under office doors during off-hours, no more lost syllabi or handouts. Faculty can post all the documents for a course in Blackboard where students can get them at any time and students can turn their assignments using the secure Blackboard Digital Dropbox. Blackboard is also the backbone of our university portal – the single place where all documents and information from the various offices around campus can be found. With Blackboard’s automatic and self-select group memberships, students and faculty can receive information tailored to their interests and needs. In addition, Blackboard supports the university initiative of a greener campus by reducing the amount of printing that needs to be done. Why is Blackboard important to the learning process? Giving students access to course materials when and where they need them helps students study and work at times best suited for them. Tegrity Tegrity, a classroom capture tool, is just one of the ways that Saint Mary's empowers students to succeed.+ More Tegrity is in the family of instructional technologies called classroom capturing. This allows a faculty member to walk into class and turn on the capturing technologies and conduct class as normal. After class students can go back to any point of class and play this content back (i.e. audio, video and anything else the faculty member shows on their computer). How does Tegrity work for a typical student? For example, a faculty in math works a problem out on a document camera or on their Tablet PC allowing a student to go back to the exact point they did not understand the concept and play each step back. The captured content is also accessible on most mobile devices (i.e. iPhone, MP3, MP4, and Laptops) for convenient podcasts and vodcasts that students can take anywhere while doing extracurricular activities. Why is Tegrity important to the learning process? While learning takes place all across campus, it is the in the classrooms that SMU has identified the importance of technology investments. SMU continues to research and provide the tools that help our faculty in the practice of teaching and our students in learning. More on Tegrity Tegrity Provost Award Tegrity Case Study IMS Global Learning Impact Award tegrity.com Classroom Technology Today's teaching requires a multitude of tools. Saint Mary's uses cutting edge technology in the classroom, allowing faculty and students to present materials that get right to the point.+ More The classroom technology at SMU supports our strong focus teaching and learning in the 21st Century. The philosophy at Saint Mary’s has been to provide quality learning environments - 80% of our classrooms are equipment with presentation technology. The technology has been put together in a way that makes it easy to use and reliable so that the operation of the technology does not distract from an engaging learning experience. How does classroom technology work for a typical student? The classroom technology includes bright projectors which provide students with colorful, clear reproduction of materials presented by the instructors and students. The projectors are connected to digital document cameras which provide flexibility in the sharing and displaying of printed document and transparencies; the classroom computer or faculty and student laptops so that digital materials can be shared; as well as CD,DVD and VCR players for presenting recorded materials. Ceiling speakers provide an even dispersion of sound so every seat has clear playback from various media sources. In many classrooms the technology includes the ability to capture audio, video, and computer generated content with the class capture system (Tegrity) which provides the class activities to be recorded and played back as streaming media (24/7) for student review. Why is classroom technology important to the learning process? While learning takes place all across campus, it is the in the classrooms that SMU has identified the importance of technology investments. SMU continues to research and provide the tools that help our faculty in the practice of teaching and our students in learning.