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Look Here for a Technology Upgrade

By Cameron Deml, Jeremy Riedel, and Andrew Simonsen

Students and professors can benefit from innovative technology in the classroom. This holds true at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where clickers, project simulations, and software are integrated into our learning experience.

Clicker - The clicker is a remote control device that uses infrared or radio frequency technology to send responses from the students' personal device to the receiver located at the teaching station. They have been primarily used in physics and business classes that meet in large lecture halls, but the technology is gaining popularity campus-wide. "Students who normally do not pay attention are now required to respond to questions during lecture," according to Dawna Drum, coordinator of instructional technology in the College of Business. Each student can purchase or rent a clicker from the university.

Project Simulations - Students in Dr. Kristy Lauver's Management 449 class competed around the world using Glo-Bus software. Glo-Bus is business simulation software where students form teams and act as managers of a digital camera company. Students can log-on to check progress, research, and make decisions for the next year. Decisions are made on product design, marketing, assembly, finance, and labor and compensation.

The Glo-Bus simulation enables Management 449 students to have a wider scale of learning (integrating several disciplines such as accounting, human resources) while competing against other students worldwide.

"New technologies are created in response to a growing need for innovative ways to teach students within the classrooms," said Drum. Ideas for new technologies come from a variety of sources. Outside companies often bring in new ideas. For example, Cargill presented and paid for the Cargill Technology Center. Learning and Technology Services is also responsible for implementing new software and integrating technology into the campus network.

Innovative technology affects all of us, and at this pace, change is inevitable.

Cameron Deml, a senior marketing and business finance major from Eagan, MN. Jeremy Riedel, a senior management major from Granton, WI. Andrew Simonsen. They wrote this article for a BCOM 306 class project.

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