A portion of the Title III grant includes funding for instructional and wireless technologies. Introducing state-of-the-art technologies is a key component in the Strengthening Institutions Program at Texas Wesleyan. These new technologies include:
Wireless technologies implemented across the entire campus, allowing students access to the Internet and their Web-assisted courses 24/7, anywhere on campus. Phase I of this project was completed during the first year of the project with the installation of wireless coverage throughout the Armstrong-Mabee Business Building. Additional wireless access points were installed in the remaining academic buildings during Years 3 and 4 of the grant. The wireless Campus Initiative was completed at the end of March 2011 with the addition of all buildings on campus.
Interactive whiteboards (Smart Boards) are being installed across several campus classrooms. Under the direction of the provost, a Smart Board Certification Program was launched Spring 2011 to assist faculty with technical and pedagogical training. Additionally, a new campus-wide standard of instructional technology has been developed to include projectors, DVDs, VCRs, document cameras, and computers for every classroom.
The technology upgrades will provide our faculty with the professional tools they need to improve instruction with 21st-Century technologies. These technologies actively engage students with vastly different kinds of abilities and learning styles, an important feature in a world of tougher academic standards and expectations for all students, regardless of ability.
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