About the Instructional Design Center
The Instructional Design Center (IDC) was designed and developed through several sources on campus. Initially a Training Committee in Information Technology Services (ITS) identified some basic computing skills and relevant workshop outlines for staff training. ITS, in collaboration with Human Resources, set up a calendar of workshops, identified potential facilitators, and advertised training events.
Shortly thereafter, Ramapo College’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Roundtable (TLTR) was launched to address integrating technology into teaching, learning, and professional development. To encourage faculty to engage with technology, TLTR inaugurated the Tech Lunch program which joined the training calendar.
Informal faculty discussions highlighted the need on campus for a place where instructors could work in a calm, supportive environment, rich in technologies and knowledgeable consultants. To confirm faculty recommendations, TLTR circulated an email questionnaire asking instructors about developing the IDC as a faculty and staff support center. The following summary of requests guided program planning:
- Special software and hardware like color scanners and video cameras
- Various computer platforms
- Guides to use equipment and applications
- Answers to questions through phone, email, and on-site consultants
- Teaching assistants available at scheduled and varied times
- Information sources for self-learning
In January, 2000, IDC was officially launched. The IDC lab, located in LC-201, was created as a place for faculty and staff to get hands-on assistance and support with their technology needs, including learning management systems, instructional technologies, and tools for engaging students in course content through technology.
Today the IDC lab continues to grow and thrive as technology becomes ever more prevalent in our lives and in the classroom. IDC hosts a workshop series, co-sponsors Faculty Development Day, and acts as the hub for instructional technology on campus.