Innovations is largely organized by Star Muir, the Director of the Student Technology Assistance and Resource (STAR) Center and the Director of the Instructional Resource Center.Muir
said as director of the STAR Center
responsibility is to organize the event, support the technology needs, and make sure all the procedures are correct.
"Innovations is a showcase of different new student learning experiences that happen here at GMU
said the learning experiences could include, but are not limited to, art projects, web page designs or software interfaces.
All the different projects are then put into a single room so that anyone can wander around and see the different kinds of innovative ideas that are happening on campus.Innovations is sponsored by many organizations such as the Provost's Office
, University Life, the College of Arts and Sciences, Student Organizations Activities and Programs (SOAP), the Century Club
and the Division of Instructional Improvement and Instructional Technologies (DoIIIT).Muir
says each sponsor has an award that it gives out to a project of its choosing.Each award consists of $100 and is awarded in several categories, such as Community Partnership
, Best Use of Technology, Most Effective Corporate Interaction, Best Technology Learning Tool and the Students' Choice Award.
"We wanted to make sure this wasn't going to be just an academic thing, so University Life is in it, not just a technology thing so the Provost's Office and Century Club
are involved.We wanted it to be broad-based," said Muir
said almost anyone can enter a project or demonstration for Innovations 2001, and students only need a valid, current GMU ID.He
said that Innovations is meant to be inclusive rather than exclusive.
Even so, the showcase "tops out" at around 45 to 50 entries, and currently has more than 25 ready for the next show.
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