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Louisiana Tech Joining UTeach Initiative

My colleagues in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech deserve some major props. Tech has just been announced as one of five research universities across the United States to be part of an expansion of the UTeach program that originated at that University of Texas at Austin.

The program will help leverage Tech’s strengths in science and engineering to help train educators in STEM fields. I’m hoping, that perhaps, there’s a computer science teaching certification somewhere in the future (given Southeastern Louisiana University is the only public university in Louisiana offering teaching certification in computer science).

Did I mention this comes with a $1.45 million grant over the next five years?

Let me reiterate that; $1.45 million. That’s a lot of money for innovation in Louisiana’s cash-starved higher education environment.

I won’t belabor this news any further, and will let the University press release handle the rest.

Suffice it to say that I’m happy to be part of an institution doing this kind of quality work despite being underfunded by the State. I’m proud to be part of the Louisiana Tech family.

Featured image: IDEA Place Balloons, from the 2010 Anniversary Gala; own work.

A Better Way to ADA

I was recently approached with an ADA accommodation request from a student for a few of our classes. The request stemmed around a need to have live video streamed from the instructor’s computer to the student’s laptop in real-time.

This is, surprisingly, the first time I’ve received a request for such an accommodation. But, that’s not really the point in discussing it here.

Interestingly, conversation with this student revealed that they’ve been at several universities in the past who have provided this accommodation, and, in every case, they used VNC, RDP, or even videoconferencing software (like Adobe Connect or Skype) to provide the video feed to the student’s laptop. This isn’t a very user-friendly solution, and is rather ironic considering its point is supposed to be making education more accessible.

It seems like there should be a better way to handle the need for streaming video to students…

Are you pondering what I’m pondering???

Feature Image: Woodard Hall, Louisiana Tech University; My work (though you may occasionally see it used by the University).