College Teaching, Learning, Technology Roundtable
Workshops on Teaching with Technology

April 6, 2000
Interfaith Chapel - River Level

11:00am-2:00pm

11.00 - 11.10: Welcome

11.10 - 11.35
Stones Speak on the Web
Emil Homerin

11.35 - 12.00
Using Technology to Teach Science to Non-Science Students
Frank Wolfs

12.00 - 12.45: Lunch and Discussion

12:45 - 13.10
Streaming Audio as a Supplement to Course Reserves
Prof. Dan Harrison

13.10 - 13.50
Assessment of Learning with Technology: a case study

13.50 - 14.00: Closing remarks

Lunch questions: The following questions were used to generate discussion during lunch at the workshop.

1. What obstacles have you found in using IT in teaching or learning?
2. What break-throughs have you had?
3. (For faculty:) What things have you done with technology in teaching that seem to have been embraced or rejected by students?

The following is a summary of the comments from lunch discussion:

Faculty at Goldfarb's table discussed dissatisfaction with Classroom technologies (projection etc.), noting that there is an increased demand for classrooms with technology installed, and an ever-increasing need to have some technology in every classroom.

The need for specialized software is increasing. Faculty are having difficulty keeping up with their field. Faculty would like support in purchasing and learning discipline specific software.

How can faculty get release time to learn new software and technologies? How can faculty incorporate learning and developing new uses of technology into the tenure and review process?

Can we use the Bridging fellowship as a model? Goldfarb will investigate the Bridging Fellowship.

There was discussion of the faculty concern that putting materials on the web discourages students from going to class. Goldfarb commented that this is really a pedagogical issue. If students can learn via the web, faculty should rethink how they spend their time in class to better engage students.

Roth: "Workload honesty" (afraid to be clear about how much work is involved for fear of having project shut down) is an issue for many faculty.

Ponella: Faculty commented that services are scattered. Faculty know to get help with some components (e.g. scanning/pdf creation) from one provider, then need to engage another group for the next step (e.g. web development/hosting). It feels like there is a need to create an assembly line for creating electronic course materials.

Lewis: Questions centered on "where do I go for…?" Unclear from whom various services are available. Also, there were questions about grad students. What services are available to them?