Faculty Forums on Student-owned Computing: Empower the Teacher Phase

October 01, 2003
Fall SOC Forums (October 16th and November 6th)

The fall 2003 forums were chosen based on the responses we received from the spring Tools forum where we had only 15 minutes per tool. Several participants said that was not enough time, so the two fall forums will be focused on selected computing tools.  Elliot Fisher of Learning Technology Services (LTS) will be giving the two seminars.
 
Participants will learn how the particular tool can be used in a student-centered classroom. Throughout the forum, participants will be working with the tool on the laptops from our laptop cart, made available by ITECS for classroom use.
During these forums, we will have a question-and-answer environment where we discuss the issues associated with each tool and how it is used.

Forum I -   The use of Wolfware to enhance learning in the classroom
When: Thursday October 16
Time: 11:45 - 1:00
Where: 125 Weaver
 
Participants will learn how the particular tool can help with the pedagogy of using technology in a student-centered classroom.  Also, the new gradbook feature will be explored.  So come with your questions and your lunch.

Forum II - WebCT tools for in-class learning

WebCT is the world's leading provider of integrated e-learning systems for higher education. WebCT's e-learning systems deliver the most advanced educational technology available to support a full range of teaching and learning styles, while making the most intelligent and efficient use of an institution's intellectual and technical resources. Using WebCT allows institutions to provide more personalized learning options for students, to expand access to academic programs, and to continually improve course and degree program quality.

When: Thursday November 6th
Time: 11:45 - 1:00
Where: 125 Weaver
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Tentative Spring SOC Forums

As more of us start to embrace technology in the classroom, we are faced with very similar issues.  Currently,  we are planning two panel discussion forums were a panel of "experts/nonexperts" will be created. Each panel member
will give a 5 minute speech on a particular topic with follow-up discussion by the whole group.

 
Panel 1: Teaching with Technology
Panel 2: Testing using Technology

If there is interest we would like to plan another Tools forum around WebAssign. This is a premier testing, homework, and assessment tool.