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Clarke Receives $1.98 Million from Department of Education to Enhance Learning Technology

posted on July 22, 2009

Clarke College was recently awarded a $1.98 million grant over the next five years through the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program. In the first year of the project, Clarke will receive $399,421.

Over five years, this funded initiative aims to improve academic programs and delivery methods, increase faculty development and create new technology-rich learning spaces.

A key component of the grant-funded project will be the creation of a new Cyber-CELLAR (Center of Excellence for Lifelong Learning Academic Resources), a technology-rich learning environment that will include classrooms and collaboration rooms, as well as an information commons in which students can engage in e-learning and research. The new space will also include an e-learning support center – a professionally staffed center to support both group and individual use of networked and multimedia technology.

The grant will also support expansion of hybrid course delivery methods and provide resources that assist faculty members in exploiting the full educational potential of tools such as multimedia, social networking, courseware collaboration and emerging Internet resources.

“The goal of the projects supported through this grant is to make technology ubiquitous on campus,” said Clarke College President Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D. “We endeavor to move beyond simply using new technology because it is the popular thing to do. Instead, this funding will allow us to strategically implement technology tools that enhance learning while meeting the needs of today’s students.”

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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