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President States Technology is UT Tyler's Biggest Initiative for Coming Year

August 23, 2010

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The continued incorporation of technology into the university’s product is The University of Texas of Texas at Tyler’s biggest initiative for the 2010 – 11 academic year, President Rodney H. Mabry announced at the opening convocation ceremony.

UT Tyler will be using the Tegrity course capture and delivery software through which faculty will record lectures for students.

“This is an important step for UT Tyler to take because we’re serving students who have grown up with technology and use it as a natural way to communicate and learn. We should use more technology because students are immersed in it and expect us to use it. Most important of all, we should use it because it has been shown that students actually learn more,” Mabry said.

Hybrid courses, which are comprised of about two-thirds traditional, face-to-face lecture and discussion sessions and one-third anytime online instruction, are the way to go even though adaptability of each course varies, he added.

Tegrity software will allow faculty to capture certain lectures right at their desks and put them directly online. Faculty can meet fewer face-to-face classes that ultimately allows them to spend more time helping students individually or answering questions online.

This special technology initiative at UT Tyler, which includes Blackboard course management software and Tegrity, is intended to make the university a leader in the use of technology. The initiative is just one major element of the new Center for Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Learning that is developed by Dr. Peter Fos, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

“Becoming known as the university in Texas where students get to take hybrid classes and where their penchant for using technology is recognized and encouraged by faculty would create a very important market distinction for UT Tyler itself. This distinctive reputation would help attract more of the high-ability students we seek,” said Mabry.

Convocation highlighted the outstanding achievements of the past year such as sponsored research topping the $12 million mark.

New GLOBE program, funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation, instructs teachers about science and collecting climate data. The data-gathering project enlists the aid of students in over 100 counties around the world. The international arm of the project and the worldwide Help Desk are located at UT Tyler.

UT Tyler received $1.4 million from the National Science and Math Initiative and the Dell Foundation to implement a UTeach program that is intended to increase the number of students who pursue a teaching career in a STEM field.

The U.S. Health Resources Services Administration provided $1.1 million to support UT Tyler's new online nursing doctoral program in an effort to impact the mounting shortage of nursing faculty.

Important academic initiatives are:

• • Institute for Continuing Professional Education

• • Center for Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Learning

• • GATE/International Studies and Office of International Students

Mabry concluded his presentation by acknowledging an upcoming milestone birthday for UT Tyler. On June 10, 2011 the university will celebrate its 40th year.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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