Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Welcome back, students!

TWU Technology welcomes all new and returning students! There are some changes that affect you:



SPSS is now available for free! Find information at https://twu.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/KB/ArticleDet?ID=15187



Student planners are a thing of the past. Use the Google Calendar app instead! https://twu.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/KB/ArticleDet?ID=16168


Around 1,000 TWU students are enrolled in sections participating in the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) pilot this fall. TWU Technology's learning technologists developed an orientation to Canvas LMS and is offering multiple webinars to introduce these students to the Canvas LMS. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Keeping students connected



In the 2015 ECAR[1] Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, undergraduate student smartphone ownership hit a milestone of 92%. This is an almost 40% increase from 2011. The study suggests that “because far more undergraduate students own mobile devices (smartphones, laptops, and tablets) than the general adult population, higher education is in a unique position to leverage these devices as productivity tools, as assets for learning, and as administrative or transactional resources.” This study confirms what is seen on TWU campuses each day. Students are dependent upon their mobile devices, and they use them for study and non-study purposes.

The Office of Technology has steadily increased Wi-Fi coverage across TWU campuses to accommodate the BYOD-effect. In 2016, the department piloted an additional service.

To match BYOD-demand, TWU Technology provided courtesy charging stations at the Houston Center in spring 2016.  The stations were popular and will be placed across all three TWU campuses in the coming year.  Internet technology expands learning beyond the classroom, and TWU Technology is dedicated to providing the tools students need to learn in any environment. 



[1] https://library.educause.edu/resources/2015/8/~/media/24ddc1aa35a5490389baf28b6ddb3693.ashx

Monday, February 8, 2016

Why Social Media Must Have a Place in Schools: A Tech Talk



While most young people regularly consume and produce social media content, many schools focus on what students should not do with these technologies rather than address what students and teachers can do.

Dr. Dan Krutka, Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, shares ways that some educators leverage social media to enhance the who, when, where, why, how, and what of educational processes.

Tech Talks are free and no reservations are required. 

What’s a Tech Talk?

It’s a twenty minute presentation on technology. Covering anything from software releases to social media to technology & society - Tech Talks are an opportunity to learn more about technology. The Office of Technology sponsors these talks as a learning opportunity for the TWU community.

Learn more and view recorded talks at http://twu.edu/tis/tech-talks.asp