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Project Spotlight: Mersive Solstice

Mersive Solstice, or Solstice Pods, are similar to Apple TV, but allows for multiple devices to connect and share their screens as well as Android tablets and Windows PCs. Up to twelve devices can connect to a single pod allowing for greater collaboration among students in the classroom. These pods are only available in select classrooms but continue to expand across campus. Training sessions for Solstice Pods and Wireless projection can be found in ITDP’s Bi-annual newsletter as well as one-on-one consultations which can be requested at itdp@providence.edu 

To learn more about wireless projection visit Wireless Projection Technology at Providence College

Watch for presentations and brown bag sessions throughout the semester to learn how your colleagues are transforming their classroom teaching techniques.

TopHat

ITDP supports TopHat, a Bring-your-own-device software that students use to register answers to questions posed in class. Results can be linked to each student for grading purposes and imported into Sakai. This office provides a consultation on a variety of ways to use TopHat in your class, the software for using TopHat, and ongoing support as you incorporate them into your curriculum.

Here are some of the faculty members currently using TopHat:

  • Christopher Berard, Matthew Cuddeback, Kathleen Troost-Kramer(Development of Western Civilization)
    • Replace paper quizzes; students receive instant feedback of how they’re doing in the course
  • Maria Carrol (Chemistry)
    • Attendance for large courses as well as questions throughout their presentations
  • Fr. Thomas Davenport (Physics)
    • Open discussion for students to interact outside of the classroom for difficult course topics
  • Jennifer Van Reet (Psycology)
    • Uses the TopHat marketplace to gain access to OER (Open Educational Resources) and electronic textbooks.