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Limestone Professor Receives Technology Grant from McGraw-Hill
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Dr. Russ Meade

Dr. Russ Meade, Business Law Preceptor at Limestone College, has received a Tegrity Grant from McGraw-Hill, publisher of college textbooks worldwide.

The Tegrity grant program is designed to help educators experience a new technology and to reveal its value for student learning through usage.

Meade will utilize the grant to produce video, audio and interactive web tools for use in his courses. Via state-of-the-art technology, he will broadcast his courses through streaming video to his students who can access them from any corner of the world. Students, in turn, will be able to broadcast their questions through video and audio, and receive immediate feedback.

According to McGraw-Hill, students appreciate the technology due to its simplification of course access. Students can review any segment of a class at their convenience, by selecting a thumbnail using a web browser, an iPod, MP3 player or cell phone. Because Tegrity automatically divides each class into chapters with easily recognizable thumbnail views, the student can skim thumbnails and chapter titles to find a specific learning moment.

"I am constantly seeking ways to improve the learning experience for my students through innovative technologies," Meade said. "Students of this age require their professors and their classes to be truly cutting edge."

Meade is not new to combining education with cutting edge technology. He has taught and developed over 22 different courses on all major distance learning platforms including Blackboard, ANGEL and Desire to Learn; presented numerous papers on "Quality and Distance Learning" at Web Ct (Course Tools) and Blackboard conferences. His courses contain
multi-media, numerous external links and are also voice enabled so that active discussions occur in real time.

Limestone remains at the forefront of the technology revolution in the classroom. The college's Virtual Campus Program was initiated in 1997, and provides students throughout the world the opportunity to complete their degrees online.