by Terry Vahey, Associate Vice President for IT Services, Chief Information Officer
At San José State University, we seek to become and be known as innovation leaders in using technology to enhance teaching and learning in support of student success. We promote “unbounded learning” through the innovative use of technology in the classroom and across campus. We do this by providing technology services to maximize user collaboration, integration, mobility, and security while protecting and securing university information resources.
Over the past three years, significant upgrades have been made to SJSU’s IT infrastructure to support new collaboration initiatives across the campus. This has allowed our faculty to test and evaluate innovative pedagogical approaches, from virtual and flipped classrooms to distance learning, asynchronous learning, and hybrid combinations of these strategies.
As Silicon Valley’s number one source of graduates in education, engineering, computer science and business, it is essential for our students to understand how to harness the power of collaboration to be successful in today’s global environment. The earlier we can get students to understand how to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary environments, the more successful they will be when they enter the workplace. Collaboration technologies currently in the classroom and on campus include the following technologies:
- The TelePresence Experience allows us to expand the learning environment for everyone by conducting live, lifelike meetings beyond the confines of the classroom walls. With TelePresence, you can provide access to content and experts anywhere, anytime; bring together multicultural students; and integrate course lectures and live content with learning management systems.
- SJSU WebEx provides flexible instruction with extended reach online. Interactive features include recorded class sessions, real-time testing and grading, instant feedback, assessment tracking, breakout sessions, and hands-on labs to deliver a variety of dynamic e-learning opportunities. Students, Faculty and Staff can access WebEx from the MySJSU homepage, and use their SJSUOne ID & password to sign in.
- Lecture Capture is a webcasting and video sharing solution that enables schools to create video libraries with simple tagging, archiving, commenting, and retrieval of stored video assets. Faculty can make recorded class events and activities available to students for review after class. This provides a great alternative when students miss class or when they want to review materials prior to tests.
- Google Drive is a free Web-based application where documents can be created, edited and stored online. Files can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection.
- Canvas uses Google Docs technology to allow up to 50 collaborators to work together on the same document at the same time. Documents are saved in real-time, meaning a change made by any of its users will be immediately visible to everyone.
Other software tools free to employees and students are located on the IT Services Software Website.
Effective technology integration supports the achievement of student learning outcomes. It must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. Using technology in combination with novel approaches to education enables a more personalized style of learning. A recent article in CIO Review features Julia Curry-Rodriguez, a SJSU associate professor of Mexican American Studies in the College of Social Sciences, who has discovered an innovative use of technology in the classroom.
Mobility provides the ability for SJSU campus users to access materials, resources and tools they need anytime, from any place, on any device – creating a dynamic learning environment.
Maintaining the safety of information assets is vital to the educational, research and operational mission of SJSU. The campus Information Security Program helps ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of SJSU’s Information through a number of programs designed to:
- Build a culture of Information Security.
- Promote quality and integrity throughout the University.
- Protect information assets and comply with laws, regulations and policies.
For more information visit the Information Security Website
These four foundational components provide agility through technology to improve organizational responsiveness through an advanced technology infrastructure. We continue to provide technologies, services and resources that support an innovative, engaged learning community and enhance student success at SJSU. We believe that technology enriches the educational process. It transcends geographical and cultural boundaries to provide greater learning and teamwork experiences.