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Technology and education is focus of UI symposium Nov. 6-7
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The director of a national effort to help evaluate
the effectiveness of new technology in education will be the keynote speaker
for a symposium on "Learning Opportunities in a Digital Age"
at the University of Iowa Thursday, Nov. 6 and Friday, Nov. 7.
Stephen C. Ehrmann, director of the Flashlight Project of the American
Association of Higher Education, will present a public lecture at 1:45
p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 in the Main Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).
Ehrmann's lecture, entitled "Yesterday, Today, Half Past Today:
Effective Technology Strategies in Education," is the kickoff event
for the day-and-a-half symposium.
"Learning Opportunities in a Digital Age" begins at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 6 with opening remarks by UI President Mary Sue Coleman.
Other events include panel discussions with faculty, students, and staff
about the use of technology and what it means for education.
The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is organized by
the UI Center for Teaching, Information Technology Services (ITS), University
Libraries, the Division of Continuing Education, and the Office of the
Tom Rocklin, director of the Center for Teaching, says the symposium
is designed to foster discussion among faculty, staff, administrators and
students about broader policy issues in using technology.
The use of telecommunications, the Internet, computers, CD-Roms and
other technology has blossomed on college campuses within the past decade
in the United States, but much of it has been introduced in response to
a perceived demand to be "up-to-date."
"We know we're investing in technology, and we know we're investing
in it for educational purposes," Rocklin says. "If that's the
case, we better start talking about what the educational value of technology
is, that is, what opportunities we want to seize and what pitfalls we want
Ehrmann says he hopes his interactive talk will spark discussion about
how technology is used to deliver education and about the effects technology
has in teaching and learning.
"We'll think together about education at a time when reading and
writing were radical new educational technology and at a time when campuses
were a new and somewhat threatening departure," he says. "Then
we'll think about ways in which the future might be seen in embryo today."
The Flashlight Project was begun in 1994 by the Annenberg/CPB Project
to assess the use of technology on college campuses and its effectiveness
in improving teaching and learning. The project, now affiliated with the
American Association for Higher Education, has created several evaluation
tools to address such issues.
Here is the schedule of events for the "Learning Opportunities
in a Digital Age" symposium Nov. 6-7 at the UI. All events will take
place in the Main Ballroom (second floor) of IMU.
Thursday, Nov. 6
-- 1:30 p.m. Opening Remarks. Mary Sue Coleman, UI president;
-- 1:45 p.m. Keynote address, Stephen Ehrmann, American Association
of Higher Education. Talk: "Yesterday, Today, Half Past Today: Effective
Technology Strategies in Education";
3 p.m. Break;
3:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: "The View From Inside: Faculty and
Students Respond"; Moderator: Nancy Hauserman, professor of Management
and Organizations; Panelists: Meghan Henry, vice president of the UI Student
Government; John Lohman, a UI graduate student and former student government
president; Nancy Kaplan, associate professor, School of Communication Design,
University of Baltimore; Lauren Rabinovitz, UI associate professor, American
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Reception and special session of ITS Technology
November 7, 1997
9 a.m. "A Local Sampler: Computers, Communication, Teaching and
Learning at Iowa" led by Tom Rocklin, director, Center for Teaching;
9:45 a.m. "Progress and Plans: University of Iowa Leaders Discuss
our Future"; Moderator: W. H. "Joe" Knight, Vice Provost;
Panelists: Sheila D. Creth, University Librarian; William Decker, associate
vice president and director of Information Technology Services; Emmett
Vaughan, dean, the UI Division of Continuing Education;
11 a.m. Break;
11:15 a.m. Breakout groups: Discussion among faculty, staff, students
and administrators of collegiate opportunities in the areas of technology,
teaching and learning;
12:30 p.m. Lunch (Speaker to be announced);
1:45 p.m. Reports from Breakout Groups;
3 p.m. "Information Technology at Iowa; Where are we and where
are we going?" A report on the North Central Association (NCA) reaccreditation
Christopher Squier, associate dean, College of Dentistry and chair,
NCA Self Study Committee
3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks; John Folkins, associate provost for Undergraduate
For more information, visit the symposium's website at http://www.uiowa.edu/~loda/
Or contact the Center for Teaching at (319) 335-0757; email: firstname.lastname@example.org