The NDSU Information Technology Services department announces the formation of a new group: Learning and Applied Innovation (LAI).
The group combines the expertise, technology resources and services of Classroom Technologies, Instructional Services, Interactive Technologies and the Technology Learning and Media Center.
By incorporating these into a single area, the group is able to provide better long-term academic solutions and strategies, and coordinate the full range of academic resources available to faculty and students in one place. It works hand-in-hand with the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) to serve students, faculty and staff. From exploring new pedagogies through learning community experiences to setting up the gradebook in Blackboard, LAI and OTL collaboratively engage the campus community to provide a wide range of support and services.
LAI designs and maintains technology-enhanced learning spaces, and provides technical assistance, training and consulting services for a wide array of technologies that support teaching strategies and student learning outcomes. In addition to core solutions like Blackboard, lecture capture, student response "clickers" and videoconferencing, the group partners with faculty to explore emerging technologies that align with campus needs. It also serves the campus by providing workshops and training associated with applications such as the university's web content management system, Microsoft Office products, and desktop publishing and graphic design software.
Melissa Stotz is the manager of Learning and Applied Innovation. She is a member of the university's Learning Spaces Executive Committee, which provides guidance to the provost concerning the creation, renovation, scheduling and use of learning spaces on campus. She also is a staff representative and voting member on the Technology Fee Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the vice president for information technology about funding for innovative projects that improve education and campus life for students.