Instructional Technology to Enhance Student Experience
By Linda Seestedt-Stanford
Instructional technology (IT) in the state-of-the-art Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences building has been finalized. Educational technology in three large classrooms on the first floor — which will be used by faculty in occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), and physician assistant studies (PA) programs — will allow for lecture capture capability, videoconferencing, and projection of multiple images on large flat-screen monitors.
A smaller classroom will have the same capabilities and will be used for active learning and problem-based activities. Teams of students will be able to display their work on monitors around the room, encouraging class discussions.
Laboratories have also been equipped with specialized IT that allows procedures to be captured and projected onto screens. A special simulation lab designed to support OT, PT, and PA students in interprofessional virtual patient experiences uses highly sophisticated mannequins — known as patient simulators — to help students assimilate concepts in a way that is not possible through lecture or lab experiences alone.
There is wireless capability throughout the entire building. An electronic security access system will allow students and faculty keyless entry to designated laboratories and other spaces.