Hall takes Technology to a New Level
Over 80 staff and faculty members attended
Town Hall on May 3. The event was facilitated by Stephanie
Bangert and Penny Bamford, WASC Steering Committee (WSC) co-chairs,
and Vicki Davis, Managing Academic Technology and TurningPoint
expert. Provost and COO Scot Foster and Craig Elliot, Assistant
VP of Enrollment and Student Services gave brief College updates
on facilities and enrollment. The team of Bangert, Bamford
and Davis successfully introduced the interactive learning
program TurningPoint which was used throughout the
session as a means to educate staff and faculty about the
four year WASC accreditation process began this spring.
TurningPoint is a program that
works to make a PowerPoint slide into an interactive survey.
An integral part of TurningPoint are the “clickers”
— small handheld remote devices that let the poeple
select answers to multiple choice questions displayed on the
screen. The program allows results to be displayed instantly,
allowing facilitators to clarify points or tailor presentations
to their audience. It also engages the audience in topics
by allowing interactive participate with the system.
Margaret Early, Chair of the BSN Program,
enjoyed the event, saying, “This last Town Hall reminded
me why I am glad I came to Samuel Merritt College. The combination
of solid information on the WASC process along with a great
“picnic” lunch and the use of the TurningPoint
technology enhanced the value of the event. TurningPoint
is a great learning tool, and I enjoyed having the experience
of seeing its application as a student would.”
Town Hall attendees were treated to
a barbeque lunch before participating in small group activities
focused on the WASC accreditation process.
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