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Technology Enriched Learning Environment

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science uses a wide range of learning technologies to enhance the educational experience, inspire innovative teaching, and foster student success. The use of such learning technologies also facilitates high quality research and professional practice.

Web-enhanced learning and e-learning

E-learning pervades virtually all courses and activities at UOIT. Our faculty members integrate technology-enriched learning in lectures, tutorials and labs to encourage your success. Students use e-mail, online discussion groups, and other chat forums to communicate with peers, faculty and experts in their area of study. In addition, students can visit our campus library, or obtain electronic resources from anywhere around our wireless campus via their laptop.

Each UOIT course employs Blackboard technology as a course management system. Students can log on to a respective Blackboard based class site to access electronically various course-related materials including lecture notes, assignments, quizzes and sample spreadsheets, thus allowing for more focused in-class learning. Students also have confidential access to test and assignment results, as well as class notice boards, via Blackboard Learn 9.1.

Since computing technology is an integral part of today's workplace, graduates of UOIT’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will have the highly valued computer experience and skills that are needed to have fruitful and productive careers.

UOIT’s Teaching and Learning provides key support and training to faculty for the use of educational technology in the classroom. Teaching and Learning also helps to ensure that the greatest possible range of tools and facilities are available to provide a rich learning experience for our students.

Laptop computers for students

Each student at UOIT receives a laptop which provides the opportunity to access course materials, specialized engineering software, make quality presentations, communicate with faculty and other students, conduct research, and pursue knowledge. The laptop allows professors to apply advanced learning technologies using state of the art engineering design software programs. All faculty members use the laptop in the most appropriate way for each course, and are trained and supported in the use of learning technologies.

Laptop hardware specifications

Each student receives a current model of the engineering laptop, complete with quality performance hardware and software packages. The model and specifications are selected to match the software requirements for engineering. Personal assistance, computer support, service and training are provided through the IT Services. The laptop hardware is upgraded every two years to ensure students and faculty have the most current technology. Model configurations are predetermined in April of each year.

Laptop software

Each Engineering and Applied Science student receives on their laptop a customized software suite designed to enhance the learning experiences in all courses. This software is refreshed every year, and is included in the laptop fee.

Laptop support and service

The university’s Technology-enriched Learning ensures that students have access to leading edge learning environment. The IT Services provides personal assistance in configuring, installing and testing software, as well as regularly scheduled training seminars and hardware servicing. Helpdesk services and online assistance are available at the IT Services.

Fee

The annual hardware and software fee for full-time students is available from the IT Services, and is considerably less than a retail purchase of comparable equipment, software and services over the same time period. Printing services up to 1,000 prints and insurance are provided at no additional cost. The laptop fee qualifies for the tuition tax credit.

Wireless facilities, electronic classrooms and 24 hour, off-site access

Wireless facilities

Wireless technology is available throughout the campus, including the residences, seminar rooms, learning commons and cafeterias. Students may also take advantage of the several classrooms and lounge areas, which are fully equipped with network and power connections. At Ontario's first laptop-based university, there is never a wait to use a computer. E-mailing fellow students and faculty members, and accessing program materials or the Internet can all be conveniently done from your own personal laptop.

Electronic classrooms and laboratories

Classrooms are fitted with large electronic projection equipment and full multimedia support. Laptop conducive seating in the lecture halls, classrooms, and laboratories ensures students convenient access to server and printer services, as well as electrical outlets for recharging laptop batteries.

Convenient 24 hour, anywhere access

Convenient, 24-hour anywhere access to education resources is available for students.

Software

Engineering and Applied Science student laptops come equipped with a personal productivity software suite (i.e. Microsoft Office), as well as program-specific software. Specialized software used by Engineering and Applied Science students includes Siemens PLM NX, Matlab, and Maple.

Siemens PLM NX

NX for Siemens PLM is a computer-aided design (CAD) package that is particularly effective for 3-D solid modeling. Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science students begin using NX in the first year of studies in their Engineering Graphics and Design course. NX is extensively used as a design tool in various industries, including manufacturing, mechanical, and automotive. Knowledge of NX and general CAD skills helps students obtain meaningful co-op and internship placements, and successful careers.

Matlab

Matlab is a computing language that makes it easy to express and solve engineering and scientific problems. It provides a platform for technical computing, modeling and simulation. Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science students begin utilizing Matlab (student version) in first year courses such as Linear Algebra. Through Matlab, students are able to quickly grasp the basic concepts of technical computation. The university's high-tech environment allows students to download Matlab based lessons onto their laptops and follow the professor’s in-class demonstrations. Matlab can be used to solve challenging problems and accelerate innovation in automotive, aerospace, communications, biotechnology, electronics and other industries, and improves student preparation for careers in industry.

Additional and special uses of educational technology in teaching

Tablet computer lecturing

Most courses taken by Engineering and Applied Science students are being taught using leading-edge tablet computers. This hardware allows faculty members to write and draw on the screen of their computer during the actual lecture presentation, and have the notations appear immediately to all students on a projection screen. The lectures, along with the notations, can be saved to disk and to the course website for student access. Because in-class notes can be saved and made available, students are freed from frantically writing for the entire lecture and can focus on learning. If students need clarification on a problem, the professor can simply scroll back, whereas on a blackboard, the problem may have already been erased. By combining the computing power and wireless connectivity of a laptop with the portability of a pad of paper, Tablet PCs are particularly useful for mathematical text notations and diagrams, and are proving to be immensely effective in areas such as design and engineering.

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