Initiative B, Objective 6: Infuse Technology into Pedagogy to Support High-Impact Learning
A growing number of Stetson students and graduates are developing computer products, applications and services, all in an effort to make life in their communities better while building businesses and a future for themselves and their classmates.
Computer Science student Erica Kok didn't even like technology until she moved to DeLand and had a chance to attend a summer institute at Google and then work with the Stetson University Computer Science department.
Institutional Research and Effectiveness has focused on how to disseminate data in a more scalable, user-friendly solution to empower university faculty and staff to conduct data-driven investigations and engage with the most up to date information. This has meant the implementation of Microsoft's Power BI as the basis for Stetson University data visualization.
Infusing technology into pedagogy: Alan Green, PhD, an assistant professor and chair of Stetson's Economics Department, was one of only 50 instructors at elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools worldwide to receive awards in 2016 as part of the inaugural Virtual Reality Grant Program founded by Nearpod. The education technology company develops digital learning tools, virtual reality and interactive content for use in classrooms. Green, also director of the Africana Studies program at Stetson, received Nearpod VR headsets and more than 25 VR-based lesson plans.
In February 2016, Stetson University produced a reinvention of sorts – publicly launching his "Law of Torts" book on an interactive website (webby-books.com) that was designed to bridge the gap between traditional law books and modern legal research. The website features live forums for interactive class discussion, a method on each page for students to add notes and highlight text, hypotheticals and multiple-choice quizzes for every book chapter, hyperlinks to Google Scholar and free legal research, a searchable glossary with pronunciation and definition of terms, and expandable diagrams.
High-learning impact: Stetson's student-run Roland George Investments Program bond portfolio earns second place and its stock portfolio earns fourth place in the national G.A.M.E. VI Forum 2016 Competition.