The Office of Information Technology consists of Learning Technology, Media Services, and Information Services. The Information Technology unit is committed to providing students, instructors, and staff with the support, training, and tools necessary for using
the latest technologies in support of learning at Northern Marianas College.
IT Mission Statement
The mission of the Office of Information Technology (IT) is to provide support and leadership in the effective use of information technologies to advance the educational mission of Northern Marianas College. IT serves students, faculty, and staff by providing support, instruction, and access to information and technology in order to enhance student learning, promote professional development, and support assessment and improvement at NMC in support of the Northern Marianas College mission.
- The Office of Information Technology will provide students with support in the use of information technology to help them achieve their academic, personal and career goals.
- The Office of Information Technology will provide faculty with information technology assistance and service in support of instruction.
- The Office of Information Technology will provide staff with information technology assistance and service in support of their work activities.
I. Information Services
Information Services serves as the backbone for all technology services at the College. The goal of the Information Services section is to provide the College with reliable computer systems, networking, and Internet services to enable the campus community to function and communicate effectively twenty-four hours a day. This section is responsible for maintaining the administrative and student networks, the student labs, and all computer-related equipment on each of the three NMC campuses. Information Technology also supports mission-critical core software such as those used in Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, the Budget Office, the Finance Office, and Human Resources.
The Web Site Management section is responsible for the management of all College Internet-based informational and instructional resources. The section maintains the NMC public web site (www.nmcnet.edu), develops digital media for use on the web, and works with faculty and other College personnel in the development of web-based instructional and informational materials. NMC is committed to expanding the use of Internet tools and resources for learning, and the Web Site Management section is playing a key role in this expansion.
II. Learning Technology
The Learning Technology section is primarily responsible for providing instructional technology resources for students and instructors, for developing programs and services that promote and support technology-enhanced learning, and for providing educational-technology related professional development opportunities and resources. Faculty use of educational technology is supported with instructional design assistance, technology training workshops, and multimedia production assistance through a new Educational Technology Center. Building W on the Saipan campus houses four of the most modern student computer labs in the Pacific. A commitment has been made to maintain new PC and Macintosh computer systems capable of running the latest software for business, industry, and education. A dedicated network connection provides students and instructors with always-available Internet access. Smaller computer lab facilities are maintained on the Tinian and Rota campuses. Nearly all other classrooms at the College include TVs and VCRs, many equipped with instructor computers, Internet connections, digital projectors, and other instructional technologies. NMC is committed to expanding the use of technology in support of learning, and the Educational Technology section is leading in these efforts.
III. Media Services
Media Services provides many types of services to the College community, including video production for classroom instruction, video recording of important events, and video recording of oral histories. Occasionally the video team produces commercials and other recordings for the public sector. Media Services also interacts closely with Distance Education by producing educational videos for the distance education channel. Video production is now accomplished with the latest digital video equipment and professional-level Macintosh hardware and video-editing software. Media Services also includes a modern, well-equipped photographic darkroom for black and white still photography. This section is responsible for creating images for College publications, and production work is also carried out for the public sector when requested. In addition, the darkroom facilities are used in support of the photography courses offered by the College. Media Services also provides and maintains audiovisual equipment for the College’s instructional facilities.