Innovate to Educate Entry

Butler Community College

Meg McGranaghan, Associate Vice President of Academics

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

Our Instructional Technology Department built three 'learning' glass boards for faculty to use in online classes or for supplemental purposed in face to face classes. Faculty reserve the room where the boards are housed and give short 5-10 minute lectures explaining problems, etc. The lectures are filmed using an iPhone or iPad. When the instructor is finished, an app called Flip and Rotate is used. The video is uploaded to YouTube. Faculty link the lessons in our learning management system.
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What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

We were unable to locate some of the hardware needed so we partnered with the Information Technology instructors and we used a 3D printer to make our own. We researched glass boards and found that a special low lead glass is required for the best illumination of the neon markers. We were able to order the special glass from an area business. Getting faculty to use the board took some effort. We are still in the process of marketing the boards.

What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Technology should never be used to replace good teaching, it must be used as a supplement to good teaching.
We must provide an environment where students can connect their numerous mobile devices to college resources on a 24/7 basis.
We need to provide an on demand, nimble, seamless integration to all software products (SIS, LMS, publisher material, etc.). If students can't or won't access the information, they will never succeed.

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