GRCC Digital Initiative

Project Description:

1)    Purpose
To empower faculty and students to discover, explore, pilot, develop, implement, and leverage new and emerging technologies to extend, improve, and enhance teaching and learning. 

2)    Goals  

  • To provide faculty and students with access to emerging and innovative technological resources that extend, improve, and enhance teaching and learning. 
  • To remove barriers and obstacles in accessing instructional technologies. 
  • To expand the use of instructional technologies and their integration into the curriculum. 
  • To develop a clearinghouse and knowledgebase of effective instructional technology use. 
  • To maximize use of existing technologies by encouraging adoption and the removal of barriers to access to technologies. 

3)    Background
This initiative is part of the Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies Department’s “Instructional Technology Initiative”.  This project is related also to the DLIT Department Action Project for Enhancing Classroom and Instructional Technologies.  

4)    Objectives
After acquiring the technologies in this project, faculty and students will be able to: 

  • Create user generated video resources for assignments, lectures, demonstrations and more curricular uses. (Kodak Zi8, Tripod, Apple iPod touch, and Blue Technologies Mikey for iPod Microphone) 
  • Create interactive and engaging multimedia-based content for use in Blackboard. (Softchalk) 
  • Effectively capture audio during lecture to improve and increase the use of the Camtasia Relay which is the college’s enterprise lecture capture system and Wimba Pronto which is the college’s enterprise instant messaging platform. (Blue Technologies Eyeball 2.0) Note: Media Technologies will also be purchasing a series of wireless lavaliere microphones under a separate budget. 
  • Use tablet devices such as the iPad 2, nook, and Kindle for use in eBook evaluation (Blackboard Building Block eBook Integration), mobile access to Blackboard, and in the creation of user generated content. (Apple iPad 2)
  • Leverage mobile technologies (iPad, nook, Kindle, iPod touch) that are developed, tested, and deployed through the DLIT and IT Academic Applications Team. 
  • Access and leverage checkout procedures and workflows currently in place in Media Technologies. 

5)    Hardware and Software 

  • Software – Softchalk
  • Equipment for Development, Training, and Checkout – Motorola Zoom, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble nook, Tripods, Kodak Zi8, Apple iPod touch, Apple iPad2, Blue Technologies Eyeball 2.0, and Blue Technologies Mikey for iPod

Project Schedule:  

Tasks & Milestones

Estimated Date


Project kickoff and acquisition of the technologies.

Spring 2011


Linking technologies to projects and instructors.

Summer 2011 to Winter 2012


Training, idea sharing, and collective practice.

Summer 2011 to Winter 2012


Deployment, application, and leveraging technologies.

Summer 2011 to Winter 2012


Reporting, usage, metrics, best practice sharing, etc.

Spring 2012


 6) Check Out Process

Faculty interested in using technology in this initiative can email to setup a meeting with the team.  This initial meeting will be used to identify goals and receive an orientation/training as well as the process for receiving technical suport and help during the project.  The faculty will fill out the Digital Initiative Tracking Form: Part 1. Then, the checkout of the technology occurs through the Media Technologies Department.   

7) Return, Wrap Up, and Report Out

Upon completion of the technology integration project, a meeting will be setup through to discuss and capture how the technology was used in teaching and learning.  In addition issues will be identified that have created concerns, caused potential challenges, or created obstacles.  In addition, the benefits, student and instructor feedback, lessons learned, instructional applications, teaching and learning impact, and the showcasing of examples will be documented in the Digital Initiative Tracking Form: Part 2.  Finally, the equipment is returned to Media Technologies.