Information Technology Tools and The Future of Teaching and Learning: An Interview with Gary Staunch
by James L. Morrison and Gary Staunch // Vision
The Vision article for May/June, an interview with Gary Staunch, highlights the power of Web-enabled learning to revolutionize the world of traditional education. As the Director of Education for North America at Compaq Computer Corporation, Staunch oversees the development of technology tools and services that extend learning outside the classroom, provide students with real-time content, and enable faculty to become facilitators?rather than mere transmitters?of knowledge. Educators "have no choice but to make technology an integrated tool in the learning process," Staunch contends. In this article, he explains how Compaq is ready to help them do just that.
by Gary Brown and Mary Wack // Critical Reading
In Critical Reading, Gary Brown and Mary Wack cast a discerning eye on the recent report on distance education titled "What's the Difference?", published by the Institute for Higher Education Policy and commissioned by the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. Brown and Wack contend that the authors, Ronald Phipps and James Merisotis, who focused on a review of the research on distance learning since 1990, were often overly simplistic, somewhat naive, and even contradictory in their analysis of this research.
Technology-Enhanced Learning in Industry and Higher Education: Preliminary Report on a "Gap" Analysis
by Joe Bocchi, Virginia Watson, and Frances Weyand // Commentary
In the Commentary section, Joe Bocchi, Virginia Watson, and Frances Weyand acknowledge the potential of technology-enhanced learning (TEL) to impact learning. Unfortunately, they also report that TEL still is used infrequently in industry and higher education. Under a 12-month contract, Bocchi and his colleagues examined why technology often remains an "add-on" to instructor-led training and how industry and higher education might cooperate to better benefit from the use of TEL. Findings from the authors' first seven months of research are presented here.
by Cara Determan and Allyn Summa // Case Studies
Anyone who has viewed George Mason University's new Web site cannot help but be impressed by its multi-navigational structure. In the Case Studies section, Allyn Summa and Cara Determan, two members of the team that revamped the site in 1998, reflect on the challenges of designing a page that is effortlessly navigable, easily updateable?and engagingly stylish.
by Richard Katz and Ruth Sabean // Faculty and Staff Development
Section Editor Ruth Sabean interviews Richard N. Katz, a Vice President of EDUCAUSE, for our Faculty and Staff Development section. In July 1998, when members of Educom and CAUSE voted to consolidate the two organizations' operations, they also vowed to remain devoted to the interests of their individual constituents. Ten months later, Katz talks about some of EDUCAUSE's top goals: providing support for institutions that have insufficient resources for technological development, engaging the development interests of young IT professionals in higher education, and developing a tapestry of relationships with other content experts and providers.
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