26 Jan 2001
thoughts on the Hewlett proposal
Mid-December office cleaning fragments
Teaching and Learning Environments in Liberal Arts Education: a matrix of challenges and pilot projects
Some developing thoughts on Computers in Classrooms
28 September 2000: my agenda
(Since we all have more or less specific interests within the vastnesses of the Committee's charge, I thought it would be useful to try to summarize my own --as much so I'll know what I think in late September 2000 as so you'll know where I'm wandering at the moment. Previous documents along these lines can be seen at www.wlu.edu/~hblackme/fluency/, and my current efforts to put-money-where-mouth-is are at miley.wlu.edu/gis/easia/)My objectives as a teacher and librarian are to help students and colleagues deal fearlessly and creatively with information across a broad spectrum of media --including print, graphics, and sound; digital and analog; quantitative and qualitative. I find it useful to frame the overall goal as fluency with available tools and resources.
Ubiquitous computers and global networks have changed forever how we teach and learn, and pedagogy in all disciplines and at all levels is scrambling to catch up. A few teachers (but no students) can avoid changing what they do, through obstinacy or irremediable klutziness, but most must, can, and do adapt and evolve. And some embrace new technologies and new possibilities. It is the interests and augmentation of the latter group that the TLRG was convened to address. Although computers are surely at the heart of 'technology in teaching', the machines and their attendant hardware and software problems are not the epicenter of the TLRG's interest. We are primarily concerned with the computer as a communication tool, and with the potentials of electronic media to enhance teaching and learning. Our general task includes identification of the barriers to effective development and promulgation.
I see three tiers of computing-as-communication, each of which presents distinct practical and conceptual difficulties, support challenges for University Computing, and conundrums for the TLRG: