CASE STUDY
Faronics Insight and Lewis and Clark Community College
“Now that we have Insight,we [the instructors] are able to stop students from surfing the Internet and disrupting classroom instruction."
- Georgia Voils, Internet Course Technician
Challenges faced

Lewis and Clark Community College is a leading educational institution in southern Illinois with an annual enrollment of more than 12,000 students. Lewis and Clark has approximately 2,000 workstations deployed campus wide across twenty-eight computer labs. As instructors, they constantly endured student mouse click activity while trying to teach the class. Instead of paying attention to the course material, students were surfing the Internet. Whether it was having the students open a website and then navigate through to the required page, or try and have them type in a complex URL, both left too much room for error and confusion. It was very frustrating for instructors to have limited class time wasted on trivial matters.

A Solution That Worked

Lewis and Clark Community College deployed Faronics Insight to overcome these challenges. Faronics Insight enabled the instructors of Lewis and Clark Community College to harness the educational and productive aspects of their computers while minimizing classroom distractions. Teachers now had the ability to share their screen with students, provide remote assistance to students from a central console, and monitor classroom screens to ensure students are on task. Students also appreciated the benefits of Insight—they could request and receive help directly in their workstation session, and have their voice heard confidentially through computer-based classroom voting.

Computer Lab Management Software Becomes Teachers’ Pet at Illinois Community College
by David Anderson

When student distractions due to classroom technology was disrupting learning at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois, instructors turned to their IT staff for help. The solution that was implemented has had instructors smiling ever since – computer lab management software.

As with most educational institutions, computer-based learning is integrated into the curriculum and is critical to the success of the College’s students. With all the benefits that this technology bring, it also creates new problems. How do instructors properly manage the lab computers? How do they eliminate distractions like internet surfing or social media? How can one teacher effectively monitor, communicate, and collaborate with a classroom of plugged-in students?

As a Deep Freeze user, Denise Erwin, Computer Support Specialist, was introduced to Faronics’ classroom management solution, Insight. After reviewing Faronics Insight, she knew she had discovered the solution to the problems the technology instructors were battling.

Faronics Insight enables the instructors to share their screen, provide remote assistance to students, and monitor classroom screens to ensure students are on task. Students also appreciate the benefits of Insight as they can request and receive help directly in their workstation session.

“I’m glad that our instructors find Insight extremely easy and intuitive to use.”

Now that Lewis and Clark Community College have computer lab management software in place, classroom instruction is less likely to be disrupted and the learning experience is enhanced.

 

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Faronics Insight and Lewis and Clark Community College