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Division of Information Technology

Our Commitment to Improved Technology

The Division of Information Technology is committed to improving technology in the classroom. Uniform equipment will offer a more consistent experience for faculty and students, improving teaching and learning.

LITE Initiative 

LITE (Learn, Innovate, Teach and Enhance) is a comprehensive initiative for the advancement of university teaching and learning environments. Based on academic IT needs and requirements, the LITE initiative will improve technology found in classrooms across the Columbia campus, in alignment with the university strategic plan. Both physical and online learning environments will be enhanced, providing students and instructors advanced opportunities to learn and instruct through the use of technology. 

The initiative originated out of the necessity to update and standardize classroom technologies throughout the Columbia campus. The classroom design includes upgrades to many of the audiovisual presentation technologies faculty have used for years. However, LITE classrooms include technologies that combine face-to-face and online teaching into one experience, while addressing accessibility and student engagement requirements. The approach of modernization, standardization and flexibility provides a consistent instructional technology experience for faculty teaching in various spaces throughout campus while accommodating on-campus, online, hybrid and hyflex course delivery modalities.

Upgrade dates of specific classrooms will depend on many variables and are subject to change. The Division of Information Technology is working with the Office of the University Registrar to identify specific candidate classrooms. A classroom schedule will be published in the near future. 

The process was shaped through evaluating trends, instructional design, pedagogy, student owned technologies and other instructional technology initiatives. The Division of Information Technology also worked with several governance groups, including the Faculty Senate IT Committee.

Onsite classroom technology training can be requested by contacting the UofSC IT Service Desk by calling 803-777-1800. You can also submit a request via the online service portal. Online training materials can be accessed via QR codes located on the classroom lectern.

 LITE is a multi-year initiative with a planned completion of 2025. 

 LITE is being funded through an annual university strategic initiative that reassessed and renewed each year for five years.

 Faculty are encouraged to work with the Office of the University Registrar for scheduling specific classroom spaces.

 


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