fundamentally changed the way students interact with the college,
explained Patuto, who holds a BS from Northeastern and an MBA
from Southern New Hampshire University.
so naturally they want to pay their tuition bills online. They want to
see their grades online, and many are coming to class with e-books,
not printed textbooks."
semester and has seen this behavioral shift in his own classes. "I've
stopped handing out a printed syllabus and collecting assignments
during class," he said.
this semester, for the first time, instead of a textbook I'm using Open
Educational Resources (OERs) -- freely accessible, openly licensed
several new IT initiatives. Two recent pilot programs
exploring the use of mobile technology (iPads) in college
courses were very successful.
Community. Team-taught by Business Professor John Femia and
English Professor Cathy McCarron, the class used iPads extensively
their IT advisor.
At mid-semester, students conducted video interviews with
local business owners, using their iPads, he explained. For
their final project, they edited their footage, incorporating music and
graphics, into a "commercial" about the business. (See
related Faculty Profile, page 14)
more successful," said Patuto. For example, he was able to
communicate directly with a couple of students who had stopped
coming to class, and helped get them back on track.
"You need to know if it's having a positive impact."
expanded. Patuto has firmed up an agreement with Apple Inc. to
make iPads available for 300+ "English Composition" students next
semester. "President Mabry's main goal is to have these tools in
students' hands," he said.
Quast, President of the Faculty Staff Association (FSA), to revamp
the FSA Technology Committee. The committee will focus on four
particular areas of teaching and technology: redesigning classrooms
for the latest technology; establishing technology standards;
instructing faculty in the use of mobile technology; and developing
an Online Learning Strategic Plan.
development path you're never done," said Patuto. "You're at
national conferences and always looking to see what's new
faculty. They're out there too, and they bring back good ideas about
using technology in the classroom."
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