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BSC Presentation at WV Higher Ed. Technology Conference Demonstrates Technology Use to Enhance Students’ Learning Experience

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    Monday, November 26 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—Combining an on-site and virtual presence, Bluefield State College's Bill Bennett and Darrel Malamisura delivered a featured presentation at the recent West Virginia Higher Education Technology Conference in Morgantown. The event, sponsored by WVNET, brought together an audience of more than 200 attendees and 38 vendors.

Bennett, Interim Director/Instructional Technology Center and Extended Learning at BSC, coordinated a virtual classroom presentation at the conference, and Malamisura, Associate Professor of Business and Economics at BSC. "We demonstrated the use of life-sized video conferencing systems and the video center in conjunction to produce live video streams of the Enhanced Technology Classrooms (ETC)," Bennett explained.

"I participated from a classroom in the Cole School of Business," Malamisura added, "and I streamed a presentation to show attendees what we can do with Livestream and Smart Board, as well as how we can upload that content to Moodle. Students enjoy the option of being able to watch everything in class, either 'real time' or later. We also showed how Google Apps, specifically Hangout and Google docs can be used in a real time collaborative effort. In other words, ten different people could work on the same document at the same time from ten different locations."

The conference featured an address by former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education.