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Technology Enriches Bluefield State College Students' Academic Experience

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    Friday, January 30 2009
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College is augmenting its students’ access to, and understanding of, technology on several fronts.  During the 2008-09 academic year, BSC has upgraded its electronic classrooms and computer laboratories while concurrently expanding the number of online courses available to students.

“The goal,” noted Dr. Thomas Blevins, Dean of BSC’s Virtual College, Technology and the School of Education, “is to provide the technology and technology services that will enable students, faculty, and staff to benefit from the most current educational experience.”

On its Bluefield Campus, the addition of new electronic classrooms in Dickason Hall and the Basic Science building and the renovation of a computer laboratory in the Instructional Technology Center mean BSC now has nine distance learning classrooms.  There are also nine computer laboratories open to students across the campus,” Dr. Blevins continued.  “There are more than 300 computers dedicated to student use at BSC’s Bluefield campus and at the College’s locations in Beckley and Lewisburg.

Additionally, the College is offering 33 online courses this semester.  “By the conclusion of this academic year, we will have taught more than 60 fully online courses,” Blevins added, “and there are 29 courses with web-enhanced components and four interactive video courses that utilize a web component.”  BSC is currently focusing efforts on helping faculty develop general education courses online, as well.

“None of this would be possible without the support of the federal Title III grant awarded to the College,” he noted.  “Technology is one of the four points of emphasis of the Title III grant, which enables the expenditure of $300-$400,000 annually on technology equipment.”

“The most profound impact of this process can be seen in the areas of teaching and learning,” Blevins concluded.  “Leading edge technology gives our students access to real time information and ‘real world’ skills that immensely relevant throughout their education and careers.”