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2 Select Thoughts After Reading the CIRC Plan By David G. Brown WFU Vice President and ICCEL Dean July 11, 2000

3 I love the CIRC Plan because--- Emphasizes academics Stresses standardization Includes staffing and training Provides laptops Contemplates phase in Anticipates printer problem Reads well

4 A Possible Way to Proceed-- Describe Wake Forest Experience Respond to your 4 questions re (a) soundness of plan (b) overall cost (c) cost reductions in basic plan, and (d) alternative plans Other Thoughts when reading your plan Questions and More Questions Thoughts re faculty development Thoughts re information fluency


6 Beliefs of 91/93 Vignette Authors Pedagogy and Philosophy Interactive Learning Learn by Doing Collaborative Learning Integration of Theory and Practice Communication Visualization Different Strokes for Different Folks From Interactive Learning January, 2000 From Anker Publishing David G. Brown, Editor

7 Computers Enhance My Teaching and/or Learning Via-- Presentations Better--20% More Opportunities to Practice & Analyze--35% More Access to Source Materials via Internet--43% More Communication with Faculty Colleagues, Classmates, and Between Faculty and Students--87%

8 Computers allow people---- to belong to more communities to be more actively engaged in each community with more people over more miles for more months and years TO BE MORE COLLABORATIVE

9 The Culture Changes Mentality shifts-- like from public phone to personal phone. Teaching Assumptions shift-- like from readings are on reserve to everyone owns a copy of his/her own. Timelines shift-- like from “our class meets MWF” to “we see each other all the time and MWF we meet together ” Students’ sense of access shifts-- like from “I can get that book in the library” to “I have that book in my library.” Relationships shift-- like from a family living in many different states to all family members living in the same town

10 Distinctive Opportunities Available Only in Laptop Settings Faculty are always available Students expect messages between classes Student PowerPoint talks are common Team assignments increase On site data collection & essay writing Papers often include visuals, even motion Study at best location, not limited to dorm Continuous contact

11 Distinctive Opportunities Available Only in Laptop Settings Quick exchange when machine is broken Fewer computer labs are needed Departmental clubs thrive Student Portfolios Emerge Students teach faculty Access to college continues after graduation

12 8 BASIC MODELS OF UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING (Ordered by total cost, starting with the most expensive) All + Powerful + Laptops + Annual Refresh UMCUMC Refresh Less Frequently WFU WVWCWFUWVWC Substitute Desktop Computers USAFAUSAFA Provide One Computer Per Two Beds ChathamChatham Specify Threshold Level SSU UNCSSUUNC Substitute Network Computers Provide Public Station Computers BCBC Teach with Explicit Assumption of Access

13 WAYS TO REDUCE START UP COSTS Annual Lease Phase in by classes Phase in by programs Phase in by type of program Phase in by category (faculty, students, staff) Hand me down Loaner Pool

14 The Big Five #1. Continuous Communication #2. Repetition #3. Controversy and Debate #4. Different Strokes, Different Folks #5. Outsider Involvement

15 The Low Hanging Five  Email & Listservs  URL addresses (in syllabus)  Annotations within word processed documents  Powerpoint “lecture outlines”  Mini-movies that show successive computer screens

16 LESSONS LEARNED Early investment in extensive multimedia may be more fun than useful Chat sessions are rarely productive Threaded discussions work only when the topic is narrowly defined, controversial, and the response is time limited and graded Powerpoint is often abused and overused

17 Lessons Learned First Focus Upon Communication Undertake achievable goals Contact becomes Continuous. Students expect messages between classes Team assignments increase Papers & Talks often include visuals Departmental clubs thrive Student Portfolios Emerge Students teach faculty

18 Lessons Learned Computer challenged students learn basic skills quickly, without special classes Disciplines use computers differently The Internet is the place to put electronic class materials (CourseInfo or WebCT) Start with Learning Objectives, Not Technology If Email is always up, everyone will be happy

19 Lessons Learned Greatest benefits are what happens between classes, not during classes. Greatest gains from computing come from some of the simplest applications Standardization speeds faculty adoption and eases the pressure upon support staff. Standardization saves class time. Student groups are larger and more active.

20 WORKSHEET What are the barriers to more use of technology by faculty? For your own campus, allocate 100 points among the three major barrier categories! _____% Faculty Need Time _____% Faculty Need Access to Expertise _____% Faculty Need to Motivation

21 Environmental Imperatives Universal Student Access to Computers Reliable Networks Multiple Opportunities for Training and Consultation Faculty Ethos that values Experimentation and Tolerates Falters

22 Concepts Underlying Strategy Eager Faculty Faculty Ownership Centrality of Educational Theory Communication & Conversation Hybrid Instruction Friendly Sharing Flexibility Diversity among Disciplines Non-threatening Innovation Patience

23 Agencies for Encouraging Use Academic Computer Specialists Computer Enhanced Learning Initiative Committee on Information Tech. The Academic Tech Initiative Deans & Department Chairs Information System & the Help Desk Student Technology Advisors Residence Hall Tech Advisors Library Trainers Business & Industry Advisory Group

24 Ways to Exchange Information Swap & Share Benchmarking Trip Workshop by Off- Campus VIPs Computer Tip Talk Best Practices Conference National Computer Meetings Training On Call Summer Workshop CAI Newsgroup File of Best Local Practice

25 Others Ways to Stimulate Computer Use Standard Software and Equipment (Threshold) Standard Filing System Well-defined Academic Policy Portability: Classroom, Home, Vacation, Abroad Use Outside the Classroom

26 Our students will graduate with “information fluency” when they can Find Evaluate Organize & Use Data

27 WHY INFORMATION FLUENCY? …the institutional answer Communication & Community! Level Playing Field After College Use Faculty/Students Demand Them Customized/Personalized Digitized Scholarship Marketable Difference

28 Metaphors for Achieving Information Fluency Drive a car Pass drivers’ exam Use a library Write an essay Give a speech Name State Capitals Check the two that for you come closest! Program a VCR Understand tennis Play tennis Speak French

29 Components of Information Fluency Find materials on the web & in print Evaluate materials on the web & in print Create a Spreadsheet Create a Web Page in html Place information on the web & in print Organize information against hypotheses Know where to get help when stumped Recognize the perishability of information Check all that apply & add others.

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