App Camp in Chesapeake, Virginia

Virginian-Pilot Reporter Hattie Brown Garrow came to cover ECPI’s App Camp at the Chesapeake Conference Center today. In conjunction with the Chesapeake Technology Business Consortium and Chesapeake Public Schools, the university is providing instruction during a week-long, intensive course on mobile apps.

Students participating in this free program learn how to build an app, develop solutions for potential problems and create graphics for the interface. Led by ECPI University Associate Dean of Education Technology Gerry White, they will also learn how to make a basic game for mobile devices that is downloadable so they can play it with their friends.

The ultimate goal, however, is to ignite student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by making these subjects fun. “You never know, this sort of experience just might lead a student down a very rewarding career path,” says White. “When you show them the practical applications of something they once considered abstract, it creates a fertile ground for learning.”

Accelerated Scheduling – Applying Sound Educational Principles to Improve Learning and Reduce Completion Time

It’s summer time and throughout the country, most university classrooms are quiet and dark. Students are traveling, working summer jobs and reconnecting with old friends. Such is the pace of the traditional college experience. And while there’s nothing wrong with it, there are those who simply cannot accommodate such a schedule. They may be older, have families or simply want to begin their careers as soon as humanly possible. For them, accelerated scheduling is the answer.

For all the news coverage and marketing associated with accelerated scheduling – predominately practiced by private sector colleges and universities – there are myriad misconceptions. In the case of ECPI University, the message is clear and concise: Zero to Bachelor’s in 2.5 years. Those unfamiliar with accelerated scheduling often assume that the course of study must somehow be abbreviated…nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, the same educational approach that allows students to graduate early also fosters more effective learning and increased graduation rates.

“The days of the ‘sage on the stage’ blowing in the door, delivering a 50-minute lecture on some arcane topic, and blowing out the door are over,” says Dr. Cathy Roberts, ECPI University Director of Institutional Effectiveness. “In my opinion, we offer higher education the way it should be done. Allowing students to apply what they are learning is critical to their retention of the material, and the accelerated course schedule allows us to do that.”
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ECPI University Hosts App Camp

ECPI University is pleased to have 25 high school students at its Virginia Beach campus this summer. In conjunction with Opportunity Inc., Junior Achievement and Virginia Beach Public Schools, the university is hosting App Camp, a six-week intensive course on mobile apps.

Students participating in this free program learn how to build an app, develop solutions for potential problems with the app and create graphics for the app’s interface. Led by ECPI University Associate Dean of Education Technology Gerry White, they will also learn how to make a basic game for mobile devices that is downloadable so they can play it with their friends.

Students then learn the business side of app development. Junior Achievement instructors guide them as they create a business plan to use their app to develop and sell a product. In the end, they will leave camp with a web portfolio which they can take into the workforce.

The ultimate goal, however, is to ignite student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by making these subjects fun. “You never know, this sort of experience just might lead a student down a very rewarding career path,” says White. “When you show them the practical applications of something they once considered abstract, it creates a fertile ground for learning.”

NMTC Presents Chairman’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education to Paul Nussbaum of ECPI University

The National Minority Technology Council (NMTC) has presented its Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education to Paul Nussbaum, Campus Director of Academic Affairs at the Richmond, VA campus of ECPI University.

The award is given in recognition of Mr. Nussbaum’s leadership in the creation of the Teachers Teaching Teachers program offered by ECPI. It was presented yesterday at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Leadership Summit in Dallas, TX.

Teachers Teaching Teachers is a STEM program that assists local public school teachers gain their re-certification and also deliver STEM to the classroom. These classes are heavily subsidized by ECPI University to make them affordable to the teachers. More importantly, the coursework includes term projects in which the teachers create tools that they can immediately use in their classroom. For example, the recently completed Storyboarding for Animation class required teachers go beyond pictures and movies to create interactive web pages that students can click on and actively control.
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Teachers Teaching Teachers – A STEM Program that Works

Like every ECPI University faculty member, Scott Adams is dedicated to helping students reach their potential. Now, through a new program, he is helping teachers do the same. He’s part of a new partnership between ECPI’s Richmond/Moorefield Campus and Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) that helps teachers gain recertification and delivers STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) to the classroom.

Every five years, teachers are required to accumulate a number of recertification points and college credits to maintain their standing. Because teachers must pay for the classes themselves and fit it into their busy schedules, this can be both costly and time consuming. To solve both problems, ECPI took one of its existing classes, Storyboarding for Animation, added specific lab exercises to accommodate teacher needs and created a schedule to fit their work hours, all at a price they could afford.

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