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FORMER ACC IN THE NEWS
Below is a list of articles written about the former ACC milestones and events.
AUB launches new e-portfolio application
News Highlights, April 21, 2010
Faculty members, students and staff of the American University of Beirut (AUB) can now enjoy the advantages of Mahara, the new generation of ring-binders, to create interactive and innovative e-portfolios.
Constant search for improved teaching and learning
News Highlights, December 2010
Many still picture a university class as a lecturing professor and a group of eager or perhaps sleepy students; university teaching, however, has seen radical changes over the past ten or so years---changes carefully monitored by two AUB centers: the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Academic Computing Center (ACC).
Technology paves the way for team-based learning
News Highlights, November 2010
Many universities throughout the world are turning more and more away from traditional classroom learning, according to Rayane Fayed, training coordinator with the Academic Computing Center (ACC), the center largely responsible for exposing and promoting to AUB faculty members the use of technology in alternative teaching methods.
AUB Promotes Technology in the Classroom - Arabic
AUB Promotes Technology in the Classroom - English
The Daily Star, June 4, 2010
BEIRUT: Those who experiment with technology in teaching “are all pioneers,” American University of Beirut (AUB) provost Ahmad Dallal told participants at the Academic Computing Center’s (ACC) Eighth Faculty Seminar on Teaching and Learning with Technology, a statement by the university said on Thursday.
New Blended Learning Teaching Approach Enthusiastically Received - Arabic
This article was also published in the following Arabic newspapers:
New Blended Learning Teaching Approach Enthusiastically Received - English
News Highlights, April 2010
AUB's Academic Computing Center (ACC) recently completed a pilot project in blended (or hybrid) learning, which replaces a portion of the time spent in the classroom with a carefully designed on-line learning environment. Four professors from different faculties participated and received training and guidance from ACC in the redesign and delivery of their existing courses.
This article was also published in the following Arabic newspapers:
The Daily Star
ACC holds round-table talks to explore online exams - Arabic
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ACC holds round-table talks to explore online exams - English
The Daily Star, January 27, 2010
With the many emerging teaching technologies and benefits of on-line exams, the round-table discussion, “Moving from Paper to an Online Case Question Exam,” organized by the American University of Beirut’s Academic Computing Center (ACC), in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning, offered an opportunity for faculty members to share their experiences with online Moodle quizzes, an AUB statement said Tuesday.
News Highlights, January 29, 2010
With the many emerging teaching technologies and benefits of on-line exams, the round table discussion, "Moving from Paper to an On-line Case Question Exam," organized by the Academic Computing Center (ACC), in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), offered an opportunity for faculty members to share their experiences with on-line Moodle quizzes.
ACC holds 7th faculty seminar and workshop on blended learning
The Office of the Provost and the Academic Computing Center (ACC) held the Seventh AUB Faculty Seminar on Teaching and Learning with Technology on June 3, 2009. The seminar was preceded by a three-day workshop on the benefits of blended learning. The latter was given by Dr. Alan Aycock, a professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is associate director of the Learning Technology Center.
Inside the Gate
The Academic Computing Center (ACC), newly relocated from the depths of College Hall to its new premises in Van Dyck, continues to spearhead new IT systems to enhance teaching effectiveness and expand research opportunities for AUB faculty. In January the ACC launched AUB’s Digital Repositories, a data base which allows and encourages AUB to maintain and share its scholarly records.
AUB’s Academic Computing Center Holds Open House
AUB’s Academic Computing Center (ACC) held on April 1 an open house inviting all AUB faculty, students, and staff to check out their new premises and their latest academic computing services. Last fall, the ACC moved from the dark windowless College Hall basement to a wider location in the annex of Van Dyck Hall. Six display stations were set up for visitors, who included at the open house AUB President Peter Dorman.
Digital Repository Launched at AUB
The Academic Computing Center’s Digital Repository (ACCDR) was launched on January 30 to bring AUB into the digital world more proactively. More universities world wide, such as Stanford, MIT, and Yale, have been creating digital repositories in order to maintain and share their scholarly records. The ACC Digital Repository aims at collecting all intellectual work at AUB: course and teaching materials such as learning objects (images, audios and videos of presentations, guests lectures, and simulations).
AUB’s Academic Computing Center is in the process of offering a new IT learning/teaching tool to the AUB community—Clickers. Particularly useful for large lecture classes, the Clickers system, Classroom Response System (CRS) allows students to respond electronically to questions posed by the instructor, who can then immediately tabulate the answers and learn just how much of the lecture the students are getting—or, missing.
Changing the Way of Teaching
The Academic Computing Center (ACC) held its sixth AUB seminar on teaching and learning with technology on May 29 in College Hall, where a panel of professors introduced their experiences of web-enhanced classes.The first person to speak was Thalia Arawi, professor of Internal Medicine, who illustrated how she has been making use of Moodle, an online learning management system, to enrich her classes.
Web-Conferencing Now Within Reach at AUB
Web-conferencing is now available to AUB faculty and staff who want to share and discuss visual material with colleagues, students, or others separated from them by geographical distance. The US-based National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE) has given AUB access to a virtual web-conferencing 'room' with ten seats and a common whiteboard that supports the sharing of digital images (including video), PowerPoint presentations, and PDF or other files. Users can view, discuss, and manipulate these visual components, as well as hear and see one another during real-time meetings.
Seminar on Web 2.0
The Academic Computing Center (ACC) at AUB held a two-day seminar introducing some of the integrative and pedagogical uses of Web 2.0 applications. Web 2.0 is the second generation of the Web, which gives internet users the advantages of creativity, collaboration, and sharing throughout their on-line endeavors. The seminar was held over March 12 and 13 in the Bathish Auditorium and attracted a large audience of both students and faculty.
AUB YouTube Channel – English
AUB Launches Dedicated Channel on YouTube
BEIRUT: The American University of Beirut (AUB) has become one of only a handful of universities worldwide to launch a dedicated channel on YouTube, the enormously popular video-sharing Web site, a statement issued by the university on Wednesday.
A(You)B launches branded channel on YouTube
The American University of Beirut (AUB) has become one of only a handful of universities worldwide to launch a dedicated channel on YouTube, the enormously popular video-sharing website.
With over 100 million videos seen each day via its free on-line streaming service, YouTube is an ideal venue to introduce potential students, donors, and partners to AUB.
AUB YouTube Channel – Arabic
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AUB Embraces Teaching and Learning through Technology
The role of the worldwide web as a teaching tool has been expanding exponentially over the past decade. In addition to using the web as search engines that can supplement research, academic institutions, including AUB, have been increasingly relying on web-based applications for a wide range of academic-related activities, such as searching library databases, posting course material, conducting academic discussions or even running classes.
Technology @ AUB: New Horizons in Education
Even though AUBwlan (the AUB wireless network) was only established in May 2005, it already provides wireless internet access to more than 2,800 students. AUBwlan enables students to take their computers from the Green Oval to an English class or a chemistry lab and then later log on to social networking interfaces and websites that have become widespread on campus. And almost everyone on campus has heard of Facebook—even those who have not joined it yet.
Online Test Aims to Limit Plagiarism at AUB
The registrar’s office demanded last week that the students take an online palgiarism test and added in an email: “Students who fail to pass the test will not be able to carry any registration activities for the Spring Term 2006- 2007”. All students are required to take and pass the online plagiarism test once they are enrolled at AUB; they need only take the plagiarism test one time. The test may be repeated as many times as a student needs to pass. For the ease of students, a tutorial is provided to explain the basics on plagiarism and give them the required knowledge to pass the test. Academic Computing Center.
New 'Moodle' System to Replace WebCT
As of fall 2007, AUB's WebCT system was replaced with Moodle, acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. This serious and difficult changeover is the result of the Academic Computing Center's (ACC) efforts to keep AUB's systems useful and up to date.
Increasing prices and restrictions on Learning Management Systems (LMS) like WebCT forced the ACC to begin exploring better options. More important, the ACC wishes to promote an "open culture" of learning and create a community on campus. To these financial and philosophical ends, Moodle was selected as the best choice for AUB.
Fourth AUB Faculty Seminar on Teaching and Learning with Technology
The fourth AUB Faculty Seminar on Teaching and Learning with Technology was held on May 31 in College Hall, Auditorium B1 with President Waterbury giving the welcoming address, five faculty members presenting, and Provost Heath ending the discussion.
Academic Computing Center Holds Faculty Seminar
The Academic Computing Center (ACC) held its Third AUB Faculty Seminar on Teaching and Learning with Technology on December 1, 2005, in College Hall B1. The purpose of the seminar was to give professors who use technology a chance to share their work with other faculty members and the administration.
Times are definitely changing at AUB. Medical students are learning medical procedures from the comfort of their home computers. Political studies majors are engaging in lively face-to-face debates with students in the United States. And with wireless access now readily available, web research is taking place on the lawn of the Green Oval as well as in the library.The virtual classroom has made its way to AUB!
Unique Course Uses Technology to Cross Oceans
New technologies are being used to broaden the educational experience of students and bring disparate people together in many fresh and exciting ways. A new course, Perspectives on US Foreign Policy in the Middle East, which was offered at AUB for the first time last fall, used media and technology in a truly innovative way.
Technology Takes a Firmer Position in the Classroom - Mellon Seminar, Summer 2004
In his February 2004 "State of the University" address, President Waterbury described the astounding rapidity with which the faculty has adopted the “new technology and informatics in teaching. "Since 2000-01," he pointed out, "the equivalent of 1,119 faculty members have undergone training in WebCT course software, webpage design, and other computer applications. Currently 118 courses out of 836 are using WebCT software and over 2,400 students took WebCT-based courses in fall 2003."
Getting Iraq's Universities Back on Track
An international program is sending 500 Iraqi academics to universities around the world so they can return to their homeland armed with knowledge about the latest trends in higher education. Nada Al-Awar learns about the experiences of the first group of Iraqi fellows, who spent a semester at AUB and are now back home helping to upgrade their own university system.
Mellon Grant to Improve Student Writing Skills
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded AUB a three-year $300,000 grant to support initiatives in teaching and technology, writing across the curriculum, and faculty development in the humanities and related social sciences. In making the announcement, Provost Peter Heath said, "The Mellon Foundation has already played a critical role in our work in these areas. We are grateful for their continued support of our efforts."
Second Faculty Seminar on the Role of IT in Teaching and Learning
The Academic Computing Center (ACC) at AUB held its second faculty seminar, "The Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning" on September 20.
In her presentation, ACC Director Roseangela Silva informed the large audience about the most recent technology tools implemented such as the training sessions on computer applications and the use of the WebCT "to create courses totally on-line and to complement a classroom-based course."
ACC in the "State of the University" Address
ACC in the "State of the University" Address
AUB, February 24, 2004
"We have begun to restructure our curriculum and teaching methods in a variety of ways. The academic review prompted the updating of course materials, the elimination of seldom-taken courses, and, in at least one instance, the elimination of a department. Simultaneously we created the Academic Computing Center and initiated a faculty-led program in teaching excellence."
Internet takes part in the educational infrastructure at AUB
The internet has become a major part of our life. Many academic institutions around the world are making use of its technological importance, and AUB, with its inherent eagerness for excellence, incorporated it in several ways that are touching staff, faculty, students and alumnae.
Usability for the Web: Interaction Design in Context
On Wednesday, June 4th 2003, visiting professor at AUB's FEA, Dr Albert Nasib Badre, gave a stimulating lecture on "Usability for the Web: Interaction Design in Context," organised by the Academic Computing Center.
IT Primer Workshop
The IT Primer Workshop at AUB represents the 7th time this activity has been offered in the region. The selection of AUB as the host of this sub-regional workshop reflects the University's commitment to effective use of recent information and communication technologies (ICT) in higher education. The various programs AUB is currently implementing will help faculty members gain experience in on-line learning and assume a leading role in this rapidly evolving area.