Our meeting on November 18th was very productive and full of exciting and new technology. As a break from our usual VC set-up between Miller 16 (PLV) and E319 (NYC), we had this meeting in Miller 21 (PLV) so the features of the brand new active learning classroom could be shown off. Beth Gordon of ITS led the discussion and over the 2016 January Intersession, NYC will be getting similar upgrades to these active learning classrooms. After this discussion, Rich Miller from Dyson IT gave a presentation on Adobe eSign (formerly Echo Sign) which has been piloted for the past year now and is really starting to take off, as it safely, securely, and seamlessly brings the tedious process of collecting signatures on a document into the 21st century.
The new active learning classrooms in Pleasantville give faculty the resources they need to engage their students in a more unconventional learning environment. This new classroom is not structured like a traditional classroom. For starters, just about everything in the room can move allowing for lessons to flow dynamically. All of the student chairs with attached desks swivel and move easily on the floor, so the room can be configured in the way best suited to each discussion. There is a lot of connected media in this classroom (including 3 large TV screens) allowing faculty to present digital content in addition to connecting with student devices. This new classroom is really state of the art and it is exciting as faculty begin to discover the new possibilities these rooms offer. For further information on the ALC classrooms, please contact your campus Ed Media department by clicking here.
Adobe eSign is a fantastic tool as it provides a fast cloud-based document signature solution to faculty and staff at Pace. Anyone with an e-mail account can receive and sign documents and they only need to type their name or sign with their finger (which works best on mobile devices as the program is mobile friendly). The process of sending out documents for signature is very easy too, akin to sending a simple e-mail. Any form can be used in eSign and Rich has put together a repository of all sorts of forms as a shortcut for users. This tool allows multiple signature to be collected in a timely fashion and give users controls so they can track all of their documents out for signature. An eSign account is only needed to initiate documents for signature, so if you are interested in this, please contact Rich Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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