Innovations 2003 Showcases Instructional Tools for Faculty, Staff

Posted: April 30, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Today’s Innovations 2003 is more than a showcase of inventive uses of technology–it is an opportunity to share unique and interesting learning experiences offered at George Mason and take away some new ideas. The event is held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall. There will be displays, stage performances of dance, music, singing, and speeches. Special features include door prizes, free popcorn, and cotton candy.

“For me, the most amazing aspect is seeing people discover what else is going on among our many different units, and the sense of amazement many of them take away about how George Mason really is an innovative institution,” says Star Muir, director of Learning Support Services.

The fourth annual Innovations event–a tradition of the Student Technology Assistance and Resource Center (STAR)–will be the biggest ever with more than 40 projects entered. Submissions include unique displays of student writing, art work, videos, web pages, science projects, experiential learning, community projects, technology innovations, and other demonstrations of student intellectual and artistic achievements in George Mason classes.

“This is one of the few opportunities people have to see what varied and exciting projects and activities take place in this community,” says Muir. “From web design to multimedia creation to art projects to research efforts and much more, students, faculty, and staff get a chance to show some of the intriguing work they have done. Learning experiences come in all shapes and sizes, and Innovations is a veritable cornucopia of innovative instructional approaches.”

Top honors in seven categories will be given at the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. for University Life, Originality and Creativity, Best Use of Technology, Best Technology Learning Tool, Best Research Project, Most Effective Corporate Interaction, and Student’s Choice. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, University Life, the Century Club, the College of Arts and Sciences, University Libraries, Student Activities, and the Division of Instructional and Technological Support Services.

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