You will be joining a community of people devoted to creating and sharing information. Finding answers to the following questions can help you understand how technology is used to support learning and collaboration in your areas of interest or possible major(s).
Coursework - in and out of class
- How does the campus use technology to enhance teaching and learning in your areas of interest?
More than 50% of all courses are web enhanced with a Blackboard online component to enhance teaching and learning. Specialized teaching labs are equipped with the necessary technologies for specific disciplines. For example, the MIS teaching lab offer students Oracle and SQL servers, and the Fine Arts Resource lab offers students state of the art Macintosh computers with the latest graphic, music, and multi media software.
- Is there technology in the classrooms?
Visit the Smart Classroom website for the latest information about FSU's smart classroom technology.
- Will you use technology to collaborate with other students in both your introductory and advanced courses?
Most students use e-mail and Blackboard to collaborate with each other.
- Does the school give credit for courses taken online from other institutions and sources of instruction?
Online courses are treated the same as class room courses; if the course is from an institution accredited by its regional accrediting agency and has been validated by Fayetteville State University, it will transfer.
- Does the school have multimedia labs you can use to work on projects?
The Lyons Science Annex lab has a few computers with video editing software, and the Fine Arts Resource lab has music composing software available. All lab computers have photo editing software.
- Are library collections and resources—such as catalogs, research databases, special collections, course reserves, full-text electronic journals, books, and streaming media - available online and accessible off campus?
The Charles W. Chesnutt Library provides an automated online catalog (Innovative Interfaces Inc.) and a selection of approximately 250 online databases. For example, article, biographical, statistical and encyclopedic databases such as Academic Search Premier, American National Biography, Lexis Nexis Academic, Statistical, Congressional and History databases, Access Science, The New York Times Historical and many others in all disciplines. For Interlibrary Services (ILLIAD), the Charles W. Chesnutt Library participates in a national and international network of libraries who loan their materials through OCLC. Intra-consortium loans are available from UNC-Pembroke and UNC-Wilmington who are partners with FSU in the UNC Coastal Library Consortium by placing holds on titles located in the online catalog. Special collections held by the library are located in Archives. They are the Charles W. Chesnutt collection; the James W. Seabrook collection; and the Rudolph Jones collection. We also collect books by and about African Americans. All of these materials (including all of the databases) are accessible from outside the library.
- What technology resources and help are available to students with special needs?
There are wheelchair accessible workstations located throughout the library, and the Lyons Science Annex computer lab has three workstations dedicated for exclusive use by students with disabilities. These workstations are placed in an easily accessible area for wheelchair users and feature adjustable height tables. Five lab computers have a screen reader software (Jaws) installed (one in SBE 214, one in the library and three in LSA 125). In additions, the library offers a long list of services to students with special needs.
- Can the library deliver documents to you electronically, either via e-mail, file transfer, or through Web posting? Is there a cost associated with that service?
The library uses Odyssey to deliver requested ILL articles via email, users are not charged.
- What kind of help does the library provide for research assistance, and when is the help available?
The library provides assistance on how to do research when someone walks up to the desk (if it is not too busy), as well as more in-depth assistance on a one-on-one basis by appointment. The library staff will assist the student or faculty/staff member with identifying the correct databases, the terminology to be used in the search, and how to print, save or email the content.
Looking toward graduation and a career
- Does the campus offer general or profession-specific training programs that will ensure you are fluent in current information technologies when you graduate?
Specialized teaching labs are equipped with the necessary technologies for specific disciplines. For example, the MIS teaching lab offer students Oracle and SQL servers, and the Fine Arts Resource lab offers students state of the art Macintosh computers with the latest graphic, music, and multi media software.