Mississippi Public Universities
2005 Technology Winners
First Place: Delta State University
"Faculty Technology Institute"
Delta State University’s Faculty Technology Institute was named the first place winner in the Technology category. The Institute enables faculty to enhance courses with web-based technologies and to integrate effective web-based pedagogical practices into the curriculum.

The institute currently includes two tracks, one for beginners and another for those who are more advanced. Facilitators for the program are generally faculty members who adopted the use of technology early, have knowledge of WebCT, have incorporated technology in a number of courses, and are at the forefront of using technology successfully in classroom or online settings. In addition, the program uses facilitators who have successfully completed the institute or who have been selected as a Delta State "Technology Champion."

Besides the benefits provided to the faculty members, the technology institute also benefits students, who become more active learners and more comfortable with the use of technology. In addition, continuing development of technological expertise on the part of faculty members may later allow more students to be reached through online classes as well as providing additional classes without construction of additional physical facilities.

Second Place: Mississippi University for Women
"Creating Cost Effective Public Networks"
In second place in the Technology group is Mississippi University for Women’s project Creating Cost Effective Public Networks, which addresses increasing bandwidth needs of university users as well as serving the needs of mobile Internet users via wireless access.

In the network project, five inexpensive high-speed internet access lines are aggregated, providing increased bandwidth for the campus yet isolating the new network from the public network in order to eliminate security threats. The university also installed a low-cost firewall to secure traffic to and from the public network. In addition, the university integrated the deployments of wireless networks for mobile students; wireless access is automatically placed into the public network, improving campus network security even in the event of wireless security breach.

The network project gives students faster, more secure, and less restrictive internet access without jeopardizing the security of the overall campus network. It provides students with greater bandwidth access, reduced workload on the student network, more flexible internet access, and simplified implementation of wireless internet access.