by Iber Poma
The Faculty Learning Commons (FLC) located in C559 has gone through a physical overhaul. Many faculty members who recently visted have noticed the newly renovated location. FLC is a dedicated resource space designed to provide faculty with support and advice in the use of technology within the curriculum. The Educational Technology offices are next to the lab and are equipped with space to meet with faculty by appointment or those who wish to just drop in.
After the open house held on November 11, 2010, the Faculty Learning Commons (FLC) evolved into a place where faculty can come and learn new skills in a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment. Faculty and staff are able to come and get hands on experience with some of the latest hardware and software available. We even have iMACs for your convenience. The lab offers multiple operating systems as well as multiple software titles such as Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Camtasia, Tegrity, Impatica, SIMS, Office 2010, iWork and Camtasia for Mac, among others. We have the same software version found around campus in order to help faculty focus on their needs rather than the need to learn a new version of a program.
Among the many gadgets available for faculty use, we have Pocket PCs, Video Cameras, Clickers and iPads, which are available to check out for a week.
FLC also has a variety of hardware and software that are either specialized or too expensive to allocate copies to be placed at every faculty member’s office. These specialty
pieces allow the faculty to access a needed piece of technology for a specific project without having to worry about purchasing, storage, installation, or maintenance.
The faculty lab focuses on the application of technology and is charged with training faculty and students in the use of computer technology for a specific purpose—education. It is well known that there is a big difference between having a resource and being able to apply it well to a specific need. The difference is in the guidance the FLC staff provides in not only how to use technology, but why and when to use technology. Though our mission is specifically separate from that of Information Technology, we work closely with this group to provide a seamless application of university technology resources.
The Lab has a Smartboard that is used for faculty workshops, student workshops, and office meetings. We also have an open space with sofas in which gathering of ideas can come to fruition. It is a place where faculty can collaborate, practice, and share technology experiences with colleagues and receive experienced technical help for the implementation of new projects or ideas.
Technology is at your fingertips, laptops are able to print wirelessly to a laser printer. Professional help is available on the premises, a team of support staff and mentors are available to work one-on-one. Whether you want to check your email or start on the path for online teaching and learning, this is the place where technology evolves.