University makes $8 million investment in classroom technology initiative

ITEL Telepresence ClassroomOver the next three years, the University will invest $8 million in the Initiative on Technology-Enhanced Learning, which will provide grants to faculty seeking to take “creative approaches” to teaching.

According to a University press release, Georgetown’s online graduate nursing program is an example of a department that has already benefited from the use of technology. The provost hopes the initiative will foster this kind of development in other departments and programs.

Faculty will be able to apply for the grants beginning next semester.

ITEL will also fund a partnership between universities “committed to enhancing education both on campus and online.” This consortium of Universities could be unveiled as early as next month, but the release was short on other specifics.

While ITEL is still in its early stages, its website features a “gallery of ideas,” which includes a proposal to link students in Washington, D.C. to those in São Paulo, Brazil via Skype for a language program. Another idea listed allows D.C. students to take a class virtually with Georgetown students in Doha, Qatar (pictured).

Look for a full write-up about the program in Voice news this Thursday.

Photo: Georgetown University

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