New Media Studio
More than 60 percent of all UMBC registrar-controlled classrooms are equipped
with fixed projection systems; mobile technology carts can be delivered upon request
to other classrooms on a "first come, first served" basis. A/V Services staff
can easily provide training or demos of any technology during "free hours"
when classrooms are not scheduled (M & W at noon). In addition, students and
faculty can borrow video cameras for use in assignments.
Used by more than 4,000
students, UMBC has standardized on the Turning Technologies "clickers"
to support instant student feedback to questions posed by faculty in the classroom. Results can be anonymous to support assessment of sensitive subjects, or identified by student userid and imported
into a corresponding Blackboard class. Either way, the in-class, summary display of all student responses allows the instructor knows what
students do (or don't) understand before moving on to other concepts.
The IMC provides support for
the study of language and culture as a teaching facility, resource center and media library. The processes of acquiring
language and culture skills are enhanced through the use of newspapers, magazines, video, satellite television, CD-ROMs,
computer programs and the Internet. The IMC is also piloting the use of 10 iMac computers for use as video editing
workstations for student assignments.