ETF 1x proposal 08-09

ETF 1x proposal 08-09 - CNR Proposal for ETF One-time...

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CNR Proposal for ETF One-time Funding for April 7, 2008 Proposal for Increase to Base Allocation: The College of Natural Resources is requesting $67,500 in additional ETF funding as an increase in the college’s base allocation. As is the case for all of the colleges on campus, we have seen increased enrollments, increased technological needs, particularly with the drive to fulfill the objectives of LITRE, and an increasingly rapid obsolescence of existing technologies. At the same time, we have had no change in the allocation of ETF funds for 5 years. Within CNR there are several compelling reasons for this request. Rationale: Technology-rich programs The programs in the College of Natural Resources have adhered to an educational philosophy that relies on having students apply the fundamental principles in hands-on laboratory/field/pilot plant settings. These “near-real-world” activities take place in working forests, paper and wood products pilot plants, local recreation/park facilities, as well as wet and dry laboratories. These learning experiences are key to helping students transition to the internships that are required in our programs. The common thread in these activities is that they are rich in technology, ranging from mapping grade GPS units, to analytical equipment for environmental testing, to computer-controlled routers, to PDA/GPS units used for data collection and classroom interaction, to a computerized golf swing analysis system, to sophisticated chemical analysis instruments – as well as the more standard computer/information technology applications. CNR has invested significantly in both classroom and field laboratory learning environments that enhance the range and quality of student learning experiences. We have purchased blade computers for VCL; we have installed 2 flyspace facilities; we have installed wireless capability that maximizes the opportunities for student-owned computing. In addition, we have developed two flexible technology-rich classroom spaces to support teaching and learning experimentation across the disciplines of the college. The enhancement of the available technology and the existence of innovative teaching spaces have led to experimentation with teaching pedagogies that can further enhance the students’ visualization and understanding of data collected in labs and in the field, by remote sensing and hand-held collection devices. Faculty instructors have created more on-line and interactive transfer of information and activities for data analyses in their classes, such as large datasets for class modeling and simulation exercises. A critical ongoing need resulting from this innovation is increased class disk storage space to support large student projects and class datasets, particularly in the spatial technologies courses in which student access to data has had to be limited due to lack of space. As the college has grown, the demands on existing technology of all kinds have increased,
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This note was uploaded on 08/22/2011 for the course WPS 417 taught by Professor Kirkman during the Spring '11 term at N.C. State.

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