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2008.0121

FEATURE: E-Classrooms Make Learning Process More Interesting And Fun

<font face="Arial"> <p><font face="Arial">By Doremi Wang<br /> Campus Reporter</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">The electronic devices-initiated classrooms (e-classrooms) on National Taiwan Normal University&rsquo;s (NTNU) three campuses were highlighted because they made teachers&rsquo; life a lot easier and students would be able to enjoy various ways of learning as well.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">The Division of Computing Service established e-classrooms on the main campus on Dec. 4, 2006, Gongguan campus and Linkou campus in June 2007.&nbsp; The division said that the purpose for the &ldquo;e-classroom project&rdquo; is to help teachers teach and it was also designed to become an important facility for teachers during the teaching process.&nbsp; In the meantime, the end goal for this project is to make every classroom at NTNU an &ldquo;e-classroom&rdquo; so every teacher and every student would be able to take advantage of the state-of-the-art facility while learning.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Wang Yao-hua (汪耀華), head of the Digital Media Division support the teachers in using of technology in the classrooms, explained that an &ldquo;e-classroom&rdquo; means a classroom with computerized devices that teachers or students would be able to use it for operating projectors or carrying out a slide show in class or even a power point transparency demonstration or briefing.&nbsp; Wang said that teachers are also able to simply hook up their laptops to these electronic devices to show the class whatever they want to share with students during a class session.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&ldquo;Some teachers prefer their own laptops since they have everything in their own machines.&nbsp; Well, the equipment also fits their needs,&rdquo; Wang said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">To maintain these e-classrooms, Wang said that the division hired 16 counselors, who are actually NTNU students from different departments, to help resolve any potential related problems at these e-classrooms.&nbsp; He said that glitches will take place every now and then since they are &ldquo;electronic devices&rdquo; so these 16 counselors would be standing by for providing first-aide services upon requests.&nbsp; Also, these counselors are responsible for inspecting the e-classroom every time before a class is carried out.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Jian Sao-yu (簡卲瑜), a geography major student, said that she enjoyed the convenience of the facility a lot since as a geography major, she needs to demonstrate maps in class all the time.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&ldquo;With the e-classroom facility, I do not need to check out projectors anymore.&nbsp; In addition, the facility at the e-classroom provides better quality in terms of the image that is displayed through a projector,&rdquo; she said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">English Assistant Professor Lin Hsiu-ling (林秀玲) also affirmed the e-classroom facilities.&nbsp; She said that the facilities made her job a lot easier but she was not too satisfied with the microphones of an e-classroom.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&ldquo;For some reasons, there is always interference from the speakers whenever I am using the microphones,&rdquo; Lin said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">In response to professors&rsquo; complaints, these 16 counselors must know how to shoot professors&rsquo; trouble in class and interact with them from time to time.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&ldquo;The bottom line is to fix the problems,&rdquo; said Hong Li-xing (洪立新), an e-classroom counselor.&nbsp; &ldquo;Sometimes we also have to assist professors through the class to make sure that nothing will go wrong.&nbsp; We continue to improve our service quality anyway.&rdquo;</font></p> </font>