The new Manager of Technology Support Services, Tianna Johnson, and Scott Cowdrey, CIO, were first on the bill. Cowdrey introduced Johnson to the group, and then they described several Technology Department initiatives including a new telephone system which will entail improvements to the network structure, a new version of Astra that will put both campuses in sync, and improvements to the help desk response time.
The next presentation came from Dr. Lori Charron, from the Communication Department who described the new testing technology--Respondus. Respondus works from within Blackboard
to provide a locked down testing environment enabling students to take quizzes on their own time and not during valuable class time.
The software is available to all faculty and staff at SMU. Jason Spartz from the Instructional Technolgy Department can get you started.
Missed the session? View it here on Tegrity.