The university of the future isn't tied to a single location or to any one pre-defined experience. Technology can help expand the learning experience beyond the classroom and across the globe.
To that end, we continue to build a comprehensive, flexible digital ecosystem, composed of tools that, when integrated, extend teaching opportunities for faculty and empower students with real-world skills.
When combined with resources like our Global Digital Classrooms, the technology of the Global Learning Ecosystem not only flips the classroom but quite often transports it. The Ecosystem is a continuously evolving suite of tools, and, with collaboration from students, faculty and staff, we'll continue to experiment with and champion software like e-portfolios and hardware like telepresence robots that heighten our campus technology experience.
With an increasingly diverse mix of in-class, online and blended courses, St. Edward's requires a reliable and robust learning management system, as well as instructional tools (like Lynda.com) that make it easy to use for students and faculty. Not only do classes (even those that meet face-to-face) have an online presence, they often employ a number of specialized tools to share information in new and interactive ways.
Because the classroom is now digital, much of the classwork happens online. To facilitate better, faster and simpler collaboration among our university community, we've made cloud sharing and storage a pillar of the Ecosystem. Important files, assignments and projects can be shared quickly and securely with everyone who needs them.
An important part of a student's academic life is reflection — on assignments, on experiences and on the applications they see for their education after graduation. With multiple options for online blogs, websites and portfolio spaces, we provide the platform for instructors and students to explore ideas and share them.
For a global university, the ability to communicate across borders quickly and efficiently is important. To connect the hilltop with partner universities around the globe, as well as experts, instructors and other students at home and abroad, we've made high-quality videoconferencing a priority, in classrooms and in lecture spaces like the Global Events Center in Jones Auditorium.
Our classrooms, computer labs and shared study spaces are critical pieces of the campus experience. We want to make sure we're using those spaces to their fullest abilities, with flexible technology and design that enhance both the teaching and learning experience. To do this, we monitor trends in academics and technology and ask our community for feedback on how they use available campus spaces.