ITC supports technological needs

Unbeknownst to many on campus, a valuable resource sits in Founders Hall room 215. The Instructional Technology Center administered by Jay Jones, Logan Cashwell and Criss Sudar (pictured) offers faculty and students resources and instruction to enhance their computer productivity. Student and faculty can also participate in special workshops. / photo by Jason Cooper
Unbeknownst to many on campus, a valuable resource sits in Founders Hall room 215. The Instructional Technology Center administered by Jay Jones, Logan Cashwell and Criss Sudar (pictured) offers faculty and students resources and instruction to enhance their computer productivity. Student and faculty can also participate in special workshops. / photo by Jason Cooper

by Dora Galván
Staff Writer

People are often intimidated by technology, and its sometimes perceived complicated functions. The University of La Verne’s Instructional Technology Center (ITC) assists faculty, staff and students with all ideas and problems related to technology.

“Our bottom line goal is to help students, staff and faculty use technology effectively,” said Criss Sudar, instructional technology specialist.

One of the services that ITC services offer is aiding staff and faculty in designing courses and putting the courses into effect through the blackboard “e-learning” environment. This gives students the flexibility of learning through the internet at home.

“Our mission is to assist with instructional technology. Instructional technology is very broad.

It can be anything from helping students with PowerPoint, so they can have an effective senior project presentation, to helping a faculty member put their research in a workable format for them to display,” said Logan Cashwell, coordinator of instructional technology.

A negative scanner and slide scanner that ITC has can transform images from slides or negatives into clean images to exhibit on overhead projectors.

ITC also has the equipment to revive old documents by scanning them through a word processing application. Cashwell emphasized that this service is less time consuming than re-typing the documents.

The faculty also has access to checking out two digital video cameras that can be used for web video, adding streaming images to a PowerPoint presentation or other uses. The center’s large scale printer can print in color print 13″ by 19″ sheets for only $.20 a sheet. Their plotter size printer can produce 36″ by 48″ full color posters for only $5 a sheet.

Their CD-Rom Tower has the capability to burn four CDs at a time. ITC can also transform CD-Roms into a multimedia format. This allows video, audio, text and other mediums of communication to be used separately or combined with just a click of a button.

“We have a document camera that’s really good for taking pictures of things that are hard to scan,” said Cashwell. The camera’s high resolution, Cashwell said, captures every detail of the subject or object photographed.

ITC holds workshops and seminars to help faculty, staff and students with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, Windows 98 and many other computer programs.

“They fix all of my computer problems. They answer any questions or concerns I have in using computers to publish things, and they do it friendly and efficiently,” said Jonathan Reed, associate professor of religion.

The Instructional Technology Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. and is located in Founders Hall, room 215. Log on to http://itc.ulv.edu for workshop schedules or set an appointment for one on one training or call ext. 4059 for more information.

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