Educational Technology Support Services

Video Conferencing

Colleges and universities worldwide are taking advantage of digital technologies such as video conferencing. Video conferencing increases interactive learning though the use of synchronous audio and two-way or multi-point video, permitting users to circumvent geographical barriers.

Faculty have also found it as a useful tool to facilitate multicultural interaction and understanding among peers, which is a big plus on a heavily diversified campus like UT Arlington. UTA acquired its first system in 2000, when the campus received a TIF Grant to support distance learning. The program has grown since then to include support for the following campus activities:

  • Guest Speakers and Subject Matter Experts
  • Lecture Recording, Multidimensional Presentations and Social Media
  • Student Learning and Collaboration
  • Virtual Field Trips
  • Creating a Global Community of Learners
  • Faculty Development
  • Staff Meetings and Interviews

For more information contact:
Terry Tisdale, Video Network Technician
e-mail or phone 817-272-7394

As a life-long early adopter of instructional technology, I find the challenge of engaging students using the tools that are part of their daily lives to be an invaluable asset in the teaching of history.

The study of history is really the examination of stories passed down through the ages and subjected to interpretation in contemporary times. Technology helps bridge the distance between time and place, allowing us to collapse events into simultaneous renderings from which one can draw comparisons, lessons and insights. Taking advantage of Blackboard’s course management tools permits me to focus more on developing rich content and strategies for maximizing instructional minutes in both my online and face-to-face courses.

Dr. John Garrigus
associate professor of history