Faculty and staff of Georgia Gwinnett College’s School of Science and Technology were recently recognized with the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Mobile Innovation. The award recognizes members of the community who have used mobile technology in a way that creates a positive effect on student and learners’ educational experience. Winners are helping define the emerging field of mobile technology for use in and beyond the classroom. 

Recognized at GGC was the iTouch Learning Project, now called “The Mobile Learning Project,” which utilizes hand-held digital devices, such as iTouch and iPad, to support student learning in the sciences. Using applications that were built and developed by GGC information technology majors, GGC chemistry students used iTouch Learning Project to access unique podcasts, flashcards and videos.

“Over the last two years, the iTouch Learning Project has helped the faculty in the School of Science and Technology to engage students in the learning process, and it continues to have an impact on our classroom teaching today,” said Thomas Mundie, dean of the School of Science and Technology (SST). “It is a part of GGC’s commitment to using technology to give students authentic and exciting learning experiences throughout their four years.”

Collaborating on this project were several SST faculty members, including Drs. Mai Yin Tsoi, Julia Paredes, Dave Pursell, Richard Pennington, Joseph C. Sloop and Sonal Dekhane.
 
The Mobile Innovation Award, which was created due to the rapid growth of mobile technology in education in recent years, is broken down into two subcategories, Leadership in Mobile Teaching and Learning and Excellence in Mobile Application Development for Campus Services. Winners have committed themselves to formalizing, implementing and measuring the impact of mobile learning at their organizations and/or creating a truly unique campus service via a mobile platform.

The Blackboard Catalyst Awards program annually recognizes and honors innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where teachers and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology.

“We applaud the Blackboard Catalyst Award winners and their accomplishments,” said Ray Henderson, chief technology officer and president of Academic Platforms for Blackboard.  “Their work represents some of the most innovative thinking in education today, and offers great models for how technology can help shape an improved education experience. We congratulate the award winners for their leadership, creativity and passion that is clearly evident in their work.” 

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