One of Instructional Technology's key missions is to research and evaluate emerging technologies. We will share our research and development projects and findings in this section.
Experimental Physical Classroom
Saint Anselm College will bulid an experimental classroom during Summer 2013, which will feature emerging classroom technologies. The goal is to create a learning environment, where professors and students can explore new technologies and pedagogies. Construction will begin after Commencement. Photos and progress will be posted, as the project moves forward. In addition, we look forward to featuring case studies in the fall semester.
Experimental Virtual Classroom
Cloud based computing in higher education has the potential to impact institutions on a myriad of fronts, including governance, flexibility, financial, and intellectual property. As the demand for blended and online education increases, institutions are considering expedient approaches to implementing learning platforms. Discussion of cloud based learning platform models, such as personal learning environments and open learning networks, are gaining prominence in the literature. Saint Anselm College will launch a cloud-enhanced learning management system (LMS), HawkLearn, to support several blended courses during fall of 2013. HawkLearn will be flexible, low-cost, low-maintenance, and targeted to digital natives, accustomed to using web 2.0 based tools and social media. A case study will track HawkLearn’s evolution from concept to reality. Results will yield data for higher education institutions, evaluating learning platform strategies.