Ringling College Wins Educause 2016 Pitch IT! Challenge for DRAW Learning Portfolio Platform

We are proud to announce that the Ringling College DRAW Learning Portfolio Platform was chosen as the winner of the Pitch IT! Challenge at the 2016 Educause Conference in Anaheim, California.  

DRAW is the acronym for our Digital Resource Archive Warehouse. Developed over the past three years, DRAW is a learning portfolio platform for archiving, downloading and searching student artwork, photography and other digital works. DRAW was presented at Pitch IT! on Wednesday by Jeff Schwartz, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs for Ringling College of Art and Design.

Ringling was chosen to compete with three other institutions out of a field of 25 in this Shark Tank-like challenge for the opportunity to have Educause and its members throw their weight into further developing DRAW into a higher education product applicable to Art and Design institutions worldwide.                                                                                  

In his presentation, Jeff detailed that DRAW “became a game changer for us.” The Pitch IT! judges agreed, bestowing winner status to Ringling College and DRAW Thursday afternoon. DRAW was developed to find a solution to offer students of art and design an opportunity for reflection, engagement and assessment of meaningful student learning along with the ability to share and search the enormous volumes of work created in the educational process.

According to Jeff, “We are thrilled to have won the ‘Pitch IT!’ challenge. The opportunity to work with industry leaders to further develop DRAW is amazing and we are humbled and grateful to have achieved success at this level. We will spend the next year in partnership with Educause and their industry-leading member companies to further develop DRAW, resolve some of the challenges with the platform to allow for greater integration as well as increasing storage capacity and the addition of long-awaited features. It has been a team effort working with IT, our faculty and students. It is going to be very exciting to see what we develop over this year with our partners and we look forward to sharing our results at Educause 2017 in Philadelphia.”

DRAW was developed by Ringling College’s Information Technology and Academic Affairs departments, led by Dr. Mahmoud Pegah, Director of Information Technology; Randall Alberts, IT Project Manager; and Jeff Schwartz and David Jackson, Interim co-Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs. Implementation of DRAW with the incoming student body was driven by Ringling College Instructors and First Year Coordinators Karen Sullivan, Claudia Cumbie-Jones and Nathan Skiles.

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