An event designed to introduce students to a variety of technology available on campus as well as to give them hands-on experience with it was named St. Louis Community College’s Innovation of the Year.
The “Technology Petting Zoo Expo” at STLCC-Florissant Valley earned the distinction. Project organizers include Stacey Lampman, Phyllis Davis, Gwendolyn Nixon, Rosita Lewis, Mea Hampton, Amy Bird, J.P. Majors and John Furlong.
The campus library partners with other student support areas to host the annual event. Students are introduced to technology available to help them achieve their academic goals. Staff and students demonstrate the technology available at stations, such as text-to-speech software, personal device upkeep, and setup of Microsoft Office 365. Each participant receives a bookmark, which upon completion, can be entered into a drawing for a Dell laptop computer funded by the library. Students also receive a lunch voucher for completing an online assessment survey, with results used to improve future expos.
Since its inception in 2015, the Expo has grown from 50 student participants to more than 120.
In addition to the library, the expo is supported by Campus Life, TRIO, Campus Information Technology, the ABOUT Club, and the Access office. The ABOUT Club allows students in information systems to assist peers with computer- and technology-related issues on their personal devices.
Campus/Cosand Center Innovations of the Year were:
- Wildwood — Syed Chowdhury, Kathleen Siech and Jessica Dockins, “Undergraduate Research in a Community College: An Initiative at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood”
- Meramec — Markus Ahrens, “Teaching & Learning Toolbox”
- Forest Park — Hester Owens, “Career & Employment Services Webinar”
- Cosand Center — Patricia Henderson, “New Employee Orientation Video”
The League for Innovation in the Community College established the Innovation of the Year Award to recognize an individual or group from each of the member college districts who have use creative, productive approaches to meet new needs or solve old problems. Criteria for the award are quality, efficiency, cost effectiveness, replication, creativity and timeliness. STLCC has participated in the program since 1983-84.