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New Classroom Technology Leads to Advanced Assessment Options for Students

Nov 04, 2014

The Florence Campus is adjusting to the new facilities and resources made available to them after their recent move to 8095 Connector Drive earlier this fall.  The highlights of the new facility are without a doubt the enhanced information technology infrastructure and resources.  While every classroom is outfitted to meet the various needs of the programs offered at the college, the one resource in particular that the faculty are excited to utilize is the StarBoard interactive electronic whiteboard technology.

Seasoned pharmacy technology faculty member Karrie Perkins has taken the early lead in using this training tool partnering the StarBoard software with an online Wheel of Fortune module that assesses student knowledge of dosage and calculation concepts.  During any early Friday morning admissions tour, guests of the college are likely to hear, “Team two, you are bulldozing the competition.  Great job!” Students use their textbooks, graphs, and each other to test their knowledge of conversions to include drams, pounds, kilograms, fluid ounces, and minims.  What’s a minim?  Just ask Donna Galliher, a surgical technology student in the class; she will know.  “The [StarBoard] makes learning more interactive,” said Donna.  “Students gather around the technology and use the screen by touching it directly and selecting the answers.  Classmate Lindsay Jackson chimed in, “You can tell we like it, we’re all involved.” 

Metric conversion is one of the most challenging areas for medical students; the never-ending possibilities for conversions are an important part of medical assisting, surgical technology, and the pharmacy technician programs.  “Each of the career paths being served by this class and this technology must be well-versed in dosage and calculation techniques and have certification exams that possess a significant portion of the questions on these conversions,” said campus director Amy Brown.  “We feel strongly that intensifying our student engagement in the classroom through the use of technology will increase the chance of students’ success in their quest for career credentialing and professional success.”

A-The new Starboard technology at the Florence Campus allows students to participate in interactive learning.  Student Kristin Bowling is shown selecting an answer on the board as her class and instructor Karrie Perkins cheers her on.

B-Student Jessica Phillips (r) is shown selecting an answer during a Wheel of Fortune game in instructor Karrie Perkins’ (l) class.