In the scene described above, Owen Professor David Owens, along with Professor Bart Victor, use video conferencing to bring an international guest speaker to their organization studies seminar.
Across the University, faculty are using technology to help students master subjects from elementary and secondary school instruction to bioengineering to structural equation modeling.
Students at the Owen School’s Strategy in the New Economy seminar enter a classroom that looks like any other, except that a projection system and video screen have been installed.
Their professor announces that today they will be joined by a guest lecturer, a senior VP from a Fortune 500 corporation.
In high school, I participated in the 4-H club as well as the Junior Humane society.
To reach my goals, I realize that I must pursue an eight year college education which will begin with the Fall 2010 semester.
They are developing their own skills while making students comfortable with the technology that will help them be successful after leaving Vanderbilt.
As they introduce more and more technology into the classroom, faculty are finding it raises the quality of class discussion and involves students much more deeply in their own education.
What makes this guest lecture unique is that the students are sitting in a Nashville classroom but the guest lecturer is speaking from his home office in Estonia, via video technology.
This is an example of one of the creative ways faculty members at Vanderbilt are using technology to enhance their students’ learning.