Northwestern College Unveils Technological Advances at All Campuses for Fall 2010 Term

Chicago/Bridgeview/Naperville/Rosemont, IL — Northwestern College, the second oldest private, two-year college in Illinois, announced that it has unveiled yet another component to its Classroom of the Future technology plan, the distribution of laptop computers for all full-time faculty at its three campuses in Chicago, Bridgeview and Naperville.

Over the last two weeks at each of its campuses, full time faculty were presented with computer laptops and accessories by David Homan, Vice President of Technology at Northwestern College.

According to Homan, these laptops are state-of-the-art computers which will provide faculty with on-line communication to interact with their students, wherever they are. Additionally, instructors are now better able to design innovative learning solutions whenever and wherever inspiration strikes, and easily bring those enhancement with them into the classroom.

“Today’s students are ‘digital natives’ – they grew up with computers and technology, and therefore they expect them to be used in the classroom as part of the educational process,” commented Homan. “These laptop computers will allow us to better integrate technology into the student experience at NC.”

Pursuant to student responses by way of yearly surveys conducted at Northwestern College, students expressed desires to see more use of technology at the school. In response, the College embarked upon a plan to upgrade its computers and networks to incorporate state-of-the-art technology to better serve its students. “We listened to our students, we responded, and we are investing,” stated Lawrence Schumacher, President of Northwestern College. “It is our hope that the flexibility of these laptop computers will spur innovation in both teaching and learning.” Schumacher further noted that the College intends to follow up with these faculty members at various intervals to see what teaching innovations they developed via use of this new equipment.

Additional technological upgrades incorporated at Northwestern College this year include:

  • Installation of approximately 200 desktop computers for students and staff in classrooms, labs and offices;
  • Installation of a fiber optic network to connect all campuses in cyberspace;
  • Network upgrades providing 60 times the network capacity previously maintained; and
  • Internet connection upgrades at all campuses, providing 30 times the capacity the College previously maintained.

Technological advancements to be made by the end of this year include the launch of the college’s student portal, which will provide students with “one stop shopping” for all of their school-related information needs. College information, access to staff and faculty, a college email system, and school calendars will be available there. This portal will further allow the College to better communicate and collaborate with all students, or particular groups of students as needed, such as those in a specific program of study or campus location. The college also plans to launch a new online platform for the delivery of Internet-based course content by the end of the year.

About Northwestern College
Northwestern College (NC) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org. The college offers focused career-oriented programs with flexible schedules and a supportive faculty. NC’s associate degrees and certificate programs help students enter into growing fields that offer financially rewarding careers. Day, evening, weekend, and online classes are available with campuses in Chicago, Bridgeview, and Naperville. More information can be found at www.northwesterncollege.edu or by calling toll-free, (888) 205-2283.

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