The IDEA Studio is the office in the LTC that provides technology integration support to faculty in the College of Education. We offer a wide range of services, including:
Located in SZB 437, the IDEA Studio serves as a drop-in office for faculty who need a little extra help using their computers. We especially encourage visitors for whom computers are still unfamiliar territory to come by, sit down, and ask questions in a friendly and client-focused atmosphere.
We provide hands-on, in-class training for students who are working on projects that include a technology component. We work with faculty members to customize the training to fit the nature of the project and level of experience of the students. To schedule a just-in-time curriculum-anchored technology training session, email the IDEA Studio at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 232-2189.
Faculty members often hear about a new technology solution for instruction or research, but they are unsure how it works or how they can utilize it most effectively. Highly trained IDEA Studio staffers are available to meet with faculty to determine their needs and goals, research the options, and provide advice on which tools are likely to be most effective for a given context.
We offer periodic training opportunities to faculty who are interested in learning more about the latest technologies and their applications in educational settings. Past workshops have focused on digital video production, desktop video-conferencing and assessing technology projects. Upcoming workshops will be announced on this site, so check back often.
When faculty members construct class syllabi, the IDEA Studio is available to help find ways to utilize technology to extend teaching and learning. In planning student activities and projects, we focus on learning goals and creating assessments that emphasize content rather than appearance. We honor the faculty members' instructional expertise and maintain a collaborative rather than directive approach.
Supporting and Collaborating on Research
As part of our mission to encourage innovation and research in instructional technology, the IDEA Studio supports faculty interested in using technology for research or researching the use of technology in educational settings. Current research efforts examine the uses of desktop videoconferencing in training and supporting teachers, and online tools for supporting student learning of difficult concepts. Future topics will likely include educational gaming and video-based online professional development for teachers.