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Moursund, D.G. (April 2007). A Faculty Member’s Guide to Computers in Higher Education. Access at http://uoregon.edu/~moursund/Books/Faculty/Faculty.html
This book is mainly intended for people who teach in postsecondary colleges and universities. It is the ninth in a series of books written by Dave Moursund and made available (free) under a Creative Commons license.
PDF file of the April 2007 book, with minor corrections 5/10/07.
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References for material that might be used in a revision of the book.
“Fortune favors the prepared mind.” (Louis Pasteur)
The unifying goal of this book is to help improve college and university education. The primary audience is people who teach college and university courses. This includes guest lecturers, graduate assistants, adjuncts, tenure-track faculty, tenured faculty, researchers who teach an occasional course, and others. When I say “you” in this book, I mean a person interested in and involved in improving the education of college students.
Two major aspects of computers in education are discussed in this book. The primary focus is on Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Note that this is often called Information Technology (IT), but that term fails to capture the importance of the communication aspect of the computer technology field.
The secondary focus is on Computer and Information Science (CIS). CIS is a relatively new academic discipline, with its own collected body of knowledge and achievement. It also provides an important way of thinking, called computational thinking. This refers to human intelligence working together with computer capabilities (including artificial intelligence) to solve problems and accomplish tasks.
ICT can be thought of as the technological applications that come out of the theoretical foundations provided by CIS. ICT and CIS both contribute to the content of each academic discipline and to teaching and learning processes.
At the current time, our system of higher education is struggling to develop and integrate appropriate and effective uses of ICT and CIS. This is proving to be a challenge to every person involved in teaching or helping to teach college students. This book will help you to understand some of the problems and potentials of ICT and CIS. It suggests a number of things you can personally do to help to address these problems and achieve these potentials.
Boulton, Clint (March 5, 2007) Get Ready For The Data Dump. internetnews.com. retrieved 3/5/07: http://www.internetnews.com/stats/article.php/3663326.
DeZure, D., Kaplan, M., and Deerman, M. (2001), Research on student notetaking: Implications for faculty and graduate student instructors. Retrieved 4/30/07: http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/~krasny/math156_crlt.pdf. Quoting from the article:
Note by Moursund: The research supports the value of an instructor making notes available. However, I am somewhat suspicious of the overall research. The measurement of success is performance on tests made up by the instructor. If a student's goal is to score well on tests, then note taking and review of notes (self-taken, taken by other students, provided by the instructor) will help increase test scores. But, what about long term retention of important ideas, or doing well on tests not made by the instructor?
Notes provided by the instructor can be thought of as a condenced book written by the instructor.
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Public Education Network (5/31/07). Quoting: