HATTIESBURG - When
the fall semester opens today, students and faculty at The University
of Southern Mississippi will have access to 13 new "smart"
classrooms. Twelve of the classrooms are located in the Hattiesburg
campus and one at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The addition
of these classrooms increases the university's number of technology-integrated
classrooms from 26 to 38.
The university launched its first technology-integrated
classroom in the summer of 2003 through student technology fees
and the Department of Education's Title III-A Strengthening of Institution
grant received October 2001. The introduction of "smart"
classrooms serves to strengthen the institution by providing the
students and faculty with state-of-the-art instructional technology
to enhance the teaching and learning environment.
"The University of Southern Mississippi strives
to prepare our students to learn the skills they need to thrive
in the 21st century," said Bradley Bond, assistant provost
and principal investigator of the Title III-A grant. "The implementation
of these 'smart' classrooms lets our students know that their futures
are a priority with us. We believe that technology integration in
the classroom will enhance the educational experience for our students,
introducing them to new ideas and spurring their creativity and
enthusiasm in new and different ways."
The "highly visible undergraduate classrooms"
(HVUCs) feature a set of multimedia equipment that includes a SMART
Sympodium lectern, a computer with video and sound cards, a data
projector to display the computer images, a visual presenter, a
projection screen, a KeySpan remote control system and a DVD-VCR
combo unit complete with an audio sound system.
"The SMART Sympodium is the latest state-of-the-art
interactive lectern integration module that allows faculty to write
notes, annotate over applications, present multimedia and save their
work in a single file, all from the interactive screen," said
Equipment Services manager Joel Holder, who is responsible for equipment
acquisition and installation. "Southern Miss is a pioneer in
using a Sympodium in its classrooms." Faculty training is organized
and coordinated through the Learning Enhancement Center, also supported
by Title III-A funds.
A complete list of the HVUCs or "smart"
classrooms can be found on the Learning Enhancement Center Web site