Many of us are familiar with the TRC (the Technology Resource Center) located on the ground floor of Purdy-Kresge Library). There you can find the folks behind Bbadmin, the guys who keep the classroom computers up to date and other library technology and teaching experts.
This past year Geralyn Stephens, Associate Clinical Professor in Education, spent part of her TRC Fellowship developing a whole series of Blackboard materials—course templates and standardized modules, and helped set up a peer-to-peer Online Teaching Network and real-time virtual and face-to-face help options. As a result of this activity the TRC won an award from Blackboard Corporation, the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Faculty Development. Geralyn, Cindy Sulad (Associate Director of the TRC), and the rest of the TRC will be honored at the international BbWorld® user conference, to be held in July in Las Vegas.
In the words of Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academic Platforms at Blackboard:
“Catalyst Award winners represent some of today’s finest examples of leveraging technology to improve the education experience. Each winner has established best-in-field approaches in critical areas including online learning, course development, school communication and mobile education. We congratulate the winners on their vision and their excellent work, and we celebrate this accomplishment with them.”
So, why not pay them a visit. They’re open 9-5, Monday to Friday and are always happy to see drop-ins. Or make an appointment. Or visit their website: http://www.trc.wayne.edu/