FHSU faculty featured on Web site of e-learning software company

Two Fort Hays State University faculty members -- one current and one former -- are featured in a case study on the Web site of Articulate, a leading software company in e-learning.

Dr. Tim Crowley, former chair of the Department of Music, and Tom Zerfas, part-time instructor of management and marketing, are both featured users of Articulate Presenter, educational software that allows professors to integrate with Microsoft's PowerPoint and begin recording lectures without having to schedule a studio.

In the first weeks after rolling out Articulate Presenter for FHSU's Virtual College, which delivers distance education through the Internet, CD, video and interactive television, more than 40 professors and instructors began using it. David Renteria, interim coordinator for the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technology at FHSU, told Articulate that other e-learning tools are "awkward and resource intensive."

Through Articulate Presenter, he said, instructors can record their lectures from almost anywhere without the requirement for studio time or equipment or technical assistance.

It is also easy to learn, he said, and does not require "obscure plug-ins" or difficult configuration changes on computers.

A link to the case study is on the Articulate client page at www.articulate.com/company_clients.html.

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