Below is the text of the Provost's fall welcome message, sent to the RIT community on August 29, 2017. As we move through the semester, it may be useful to reference some of the topics listed below.
The start of classes affords me the opportunity to personally welcome all the faculty, staff and students to the new academic year. And what a wonderful start we have already: a new president, the most diverse group of new students ever at RIT, and a new academic calendar!
There was a lot of activity as usual over the summer and I want to point your attention to various reports and developments:Read More
At the core of our mission, RIT is about teaching, learning, and the discovery of new knowledge. Of course, students, faculty and staff make all this work. But increasingly so, space and technology are part of the elixir that makes teaching and new ideas flow. So when space, technology, faculty, students come together just right, learning magic occurs.
Representing all of the campus in this magic is the university library. It is a place where students, faculty and staff come to reap the rich knowledge embedded in the information resources, benefit from the exchange of ideas of one another, and just think. The university library represents the nexus of intellectual behavior on a campus.Read More
This is a cross-post from Stephen Jacobs, Professor, Interactive Games and Media, in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, from the RIT Online blog.
We love video games because they take us out of our own reality and immerse us in an engaging experience. Whether you’re behind the scope of a rifle as you fight in an interstellar war in Halo, manage a farm and its crop development in Farmville, or strategize your gameplay in Tetris, there is a gaming escape for everyone. From console games to smartphones, the video game industry is constantly evolving to meet the needs of new audiences.Read More
I’m pleased to share with you some recent data from the Innovative Learning Institute regarding online enrollment, course availability, and faculty resources.Read More
It is fascinating to reflect on the constantly changing landscape of online education. Just a few years ago, we could not open an issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education without reading about MOOCs. Of course, MOOCs remain popular but how they will become an integrated part of the critical strategy of higher education remains to be seen. At the same time, with pressure from student demand, institutions have ramped up their offerings of online courses.Read More
“Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity... and these in turn rely on the education of our people.”
This academic year marks the second full year for the Innovative Learning Institute and we are seeing the fruits of our labor beginning to emerge. If you haven't visited the new ILI website, I strongly encourage you to, especially if you are a faculty member in need of support and services. On the ILI website, you will find stories of how RIT faculty have innovated in their classroom, strategies that are proven to work, online course development services and much more.Read More
"Innovation is creativity with a job to do."
"A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad."
I often get asked "What's up with the ILI?" It's a fair question and one that deserves answering so I'm dedicating this post to the Innovative Learning Institute.Read More