Powell Recognized for Cutting Edge Use of Technology in the Classroom
Two times in the last three years Captain Scott Powell has been singled out among all the professors at the 23 campuses of the California State University for his innovative use of technology.
The California State Student Association selects the award winners, and Powell, an Associate Professor of Marine Transportation, won it in 2012 and again this year. One of the big reasons is his use of technology in his Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) class.
Powell began using an iPad wirelessly connected to an AppleTV and classroom projector in the 2012 spring semester ECDIS class as a lecture support device. These days, he also combines the use of the iPad with electronic charting software in the simulator much in the same way that pilots use the technology as a decision-support tool in restricted waterways.
In a note of congratulations, Associated Students of California Maritime Academy President Mitchell Kobayashi said, "your dedication to being on the cutting edge of Electronic Navigation as well as your personal investment into classroom technology has greatly improved the Marine Transportation program as a whole."
Using the iPad and the navigation software that is wirelessly connected to the ECDIS simulators, Powell is able to monitor and coach his students in different simulator stations simultaneously. And he has even bigger plans for the future expansion of the use of technology into the lecture classroom.
"ECDIS is an ever-evolving subject in that it is fundamentally changing the ship's bridge with rapid access to changing information," said Powell. "The delivery of the course material also needs to be dynamic and interactive."
The expansion of the use of this advanced technology in Powell's classes was supported by the Maritime Fund.