SMU's classrooms are equipped with many types of technologies and equipment to cater to different pedagogies adopted by all our faculty members. These technologies are fully integrated and designed to ensure easy use and access, allowing faculty to focus on teaching without the hassle of operating the equipment.
Training: To ensure that our faculty members are familiar with the classroom equipment, IITS conducts regular sharing sessions with faculty two to three weeks before the start of each term.
Classroom Innovations: IITS works with our faculty members to implement technologies that will enhance instructional practices. The following are examples of classroom innovations that have been implemented:
- Virtual Canvas: With this tool, faculty member and students can project what they want to show from their computers onto the screen in front of the classroom via wireless projectors. They can do this without leaving their seats and control can be passed easily from one person to another, thus facilitating in-class interactions. The latest version of Virtual Canvas can work with Windows 64-bits.
- Self-Help Video Conferencing: To support inter-university collaborative projects, students can easily setup video conferencing connections with their counterparts at times that are convenient to both parties. This facility is currently available at the School of Information Systems Seminar Room 2-1, and being used regularly by SIS students collaborating with students from the Carnegie Mellon University.
- Classroom Performance System (CPS): The CPS together with the clickers greatly improves the students' in-class participation. When a short quiz or a quick poll is conducted, students can transmit their answers or responses by using the clickers. The system automatically collates the responses and shows the results right away.
- Peer Care Classroom Recording: Junior faculty members are mentored by more experienced faculty members under the Peer Care program. The mentee's classroom delivery style can be captured on the video by this self-service videotaping facility and later used for coaching purpose with the mentor.