ORU Receives Campus Technology Award

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Stephanie Hill, Director of University Relations & Communications
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Tulsa, OK – Oral Roberts University is among a prestigious list of colleges being recognized for innovation in technology. Campus Technology Magazine announced today it is awarding ORU the 2017 Campus Technology Impact Award in the Student Systems and Services Category for its Global Learning Center (GLC), which heavily features augmented and virtual reality (AVR).

“ORU is truly helping its students design their own college experience through the convergence of information, technology and intelligence,” said ORU President Dr. William M. Wilson. “Virtual and augmented reality is just the beginning of what we are doing to improve student outcomes and educate the whole person for the 21st century.”

The award recognizes Dr. Wilson along with Provost Dr. Kathaleen Reid-Martinez, Associate Vice President of Innovation and Technology Michael Mathews, Business Professor Dr. David Dyson and Biology Professor Dr. William Ranahan. Both professors have been active in integrating augmented and virtual reality in their curriculums. The AVR platform allows instructors to deliver innovative, relevant, interactive virtual reality and augmented reality content.

ORU opened the GLC in January and it continues to receive accolades for its innovation in learning. The $8.5 million investment provides supercomputer access, streaming media and the latest high-tech academic broadcast and lecture solutions to students around the world.

Campus Technology also recognized ORU for its Digital IT Concierge Service, a cloud-based portal that allows students access to all of ORU’s mobile and web-based campus services, such as curriculum, AVR lessons, academic calendars, email, degree plans, grades, dining services and more. ORU’s Digital IT Concierge Service takes 93 billion data transactions a semester and provides them seamless for students, whether they are in their dorm room, across campus or anywhere in the world.

“ORU is literally able to flip the University to the world,” said Mathews. “By providing easy access to the GLC through Digital Concierge, we can now provide over 500,000 augmented and virtual learning environments to enhance our curriculum.”

ORU will be featured alongside other universities including Johns Hopkins and Purdue in the October edition of Campus Technology Magazine.

ORU is pleased to recognize the following vendors who have partnered with the University for our success: rSmart, TalentQuest, Carousel Industries, and EON Reality.