College earns innovation award for mobile technology initiatives

The League for Innovation in the Community College has recognized Northeast State for its mobile technology initiatives.

The College received a 2017 Innovation of the Year Award for its iNortheast and iOPTin initiatives. The iNortheast initiative introduced iPads into the classroom in 2015 to enhance the learning environment. The iOPTin program delivered course materials digitally, allowing students to save about $900,000 in textbook costs for the fall 2016 semester.

Earning honorary certificates  were:

  • Dr. Janice Gilliam, President
  • Jeff Coalson, Instructor and Program Director of Surgical Technology
  • Tyra Copas, Executive Director of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness
  • Jim, Kelly, Associate Professor of History
  • Dale Ledford, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Dr. Rick Merritt, Professor of Speech
  • Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Mobilization and Emergency Technology (Tennessee Board of Regents)

The recipients have been invited to share information about the innovations at the League’s 2018 conference in National Harbor, Md.
IPadInitiativeLogo_RevisedEstablished more than 30 years ago, the League’s Innovation of the Year Award was devised as a way to recognize accomplishments at League Board and Alliance member colleges. These innovations reflect capstone achievements and the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded. The League is headquartered in Chandler, Az.

According to the League, winning innovations meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Quality – Students and/or staff agree that the innovation increases quality in the course, program, office, or institution.
  • Efficiency – The innovation contributes to more efficient processes.
  • Cost Effectiveness – The innovation adds value to the institution while containing or reducing costs.
  • Replication – The innovation is easy to replicate at other institutions.
  • Creativity – The innovation is original and creative.
  • Timeliness – The innovation is not more than five years old at the institution.

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