BSC Technology Update
Bluefield State College has generated a report detailing the institution's progress and aspirations in the area of technology. The report notes Bluefield State College has developed technology on three fronts--computer services, instructional technology, and distance learning.
Computer Services--The BSC computer services function includes approximately 500 microcomputers, networked across three campuses. BSC also has 13 computer labs and 380 computers dedicated to student use.
Students receive training in utilizing the WorldWide Web and, upon request, students receive Internet accounts. Two student computer laboratories have Windows and WordPerfect for Windows. Lotus, dBase, and WordPerfect are available on our network, as is computer-assisted instructional software for various divisions.
Future Plans for Computer Services--BSC will be upgrading its campus computer network to install Category 5 wire in campus buildings to place Windows on desktop in new hard drive machines, the first group of which will be purchased this summer. BSC will also establish a new, upgraded computer network at the renovated facility into which its Greenbrier Community College Center will relocate by the Fall Semester, 1997. This facility will be a test site for changes to be made later on the Bluefield campus of BSC. The College is also exploring the possibility of leasing or purchasing 300 new PCs for College use, beginning this summer.
Instructional Technology--This service is provided from BSC's Instructional Technology Center, where the institution maintains computer laboratories (Macintosh and IBM) for student and faculty use, multimedia stations with laserdisc and CD-ROM (in both Macintosh and IBM), and audio-visual production facilities.
Bluefield State College conducts workshops, available for faculty and staff, on Windows, WordPerfect for Windows, IPSI, and PowerPoint. The College also presents WorldWide Web and Internet workshops for faculty, staff, and students.
Future Plans for Instructional Technology--BSC will offer more workshops to train students, faculty, and staff in the use of WorldWide Web and PowerPoint. It is also proceeding with plans to create an electronic teaching classroom in each of the institution's academic buildings, beginning with the Physical Education Building in 1997.
Distance Learning--BSC significantly augmented its distance learning capabilities with the opening of the June Oblinger Shott Center for Extended Learning during the 1996-97 academic year. We are currently running 17 interactive video system courses for students at our campuses in Bluefield, Lewisburg, and/or Beckley. This semester, BSC offers 12 instructional television courses through WSWP-TV and PBS. Bluefield State College has also originated three SATNET courses and have offered three additional courses for college credit.
Future Plans for Distance Learning--Plans for the immediate future call for conducting distance learning workshops to train faculty and professional staff in the design and delivery of distance learning courses. The institution's goal is to strengthen our distance learning infrastructure by installing a new interactive video classroom at its Beckley (Harper Industrial Park) campus. BSC will also upgrade our Greenbrier Community College Center electronic classroom to full production capability. BSC is awaiting news on the status of grants that seek funding assistance for installing electronic classrooms in Welch and in Pocahontas County.