Mark et al.
At our small CC in rural NE Connecticut, we made a commitment back
in the "early days" of the WWW (starting with the first graphical
web-browsers in 1994-95) to make sure that we kept at least some of
the emerging technologies always available to "students first..."
We had a strong sense that these were going to be key resources for
higher education--- especially because we could already see what the
K-12 kids "down the road" were already doing!!
When upgrades are called for (hardware, software etc.) they are in
our public labs usually before they are on most faculty's desks...
Many of our students would otherwise not be able to access such
things at home, in our relatively economcially depressed region of
We now use a course-management system for every class (whether on-
ground or online) at the very least to make syllabi, internal
email,and hreaded discussions available to all students. We are
grappling with network security issues so that we can also make
wireless available throughout the school; students with cell phones
can already access our webpages etc.; I and a few others teach
courses via 2way video conferencing between our two campuses. It
won't take much to make everything that is now online routinely
available through pda's etc.
This is not just to have the latest "toys"; we are very careful to
discriminate between what we perceive to be 'fads' vs. signifcant
emerging technologies, though this is always a matter of discernment
And the most challenging thought in all this is that already the
kids in K12 have more skill (and higher expectations) with any of
this than many of the most advanced planners in higher ed!
It is FUN, besides, and opens up so many new possibilities for
learning and connecting. I often makes me wonder why, especially in
anthropology, there haven't been more efforts like the Mayaquest
project back in the late 1990's, or the online international
associations like the WAOE (of which I was a founding member back in
1998 or so).
--- In SACC-L@yahoogroups.com
, "Lewine, Mark" <mark.lewine@...>
> I am amazed at the following high-tech adaptations that are
> becoming a major part of our teaching/learning strategies as
> and hybrid web courses are surging in enrollment at our community
> colleges. Do any of you have experiences with these tools and
> Subject: ON COURSE NEWSLETTER: Adding High-Tech Tools to Learning-
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