ERIC Number: ED405825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Project Vision: An On-line Learning Initiative for College Freshmen.
Monk, Susan V.
Project Vision was undertaken by the Pennsylvania State University Commonwealth Campus System (which includes 18 different campuses across Pennsylvania) to explore the potential of interactive instructional technology. Three campuses were chosen to participate, each of which selected a librarian, three faculty, and 20 incoming freshman students. Teams of faculty, one from each of the three campuses, were responsible for developing online courses in their respective disciplines. Three courses were selected for the first year: Health Education; American Studies; and Science and Technology in Society. In addition, a new course was developed, Library Studies, to introduce students to necessary technology and search skills. Project Vision provided students with their own laptop computer for use during the school year, with a direct connection from their dorm room or the capability to dial-in from home. To build a sense of community across the three campuses, Project Vision hosted a picnic at the beginning of the year and established learning studios, which were reserved for the students, at each of the campuses. Groups were assigned; they then chose the particular issue they wanted to research and present. To assess an individual student's accomplishments in the course, each student was asked to assemble a portfolio of the resources found and the student's contributions to the group. In general, students were very positive about their experiences with Project Vision. The part they liked least was the group work. (AEF)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Development, Distance Education, Educational Innovation, Educational Technology, Faculty, Higher Education, Information Skills, Librarians, Online Courses, Online Searching, Online Systems, Portfolios (Background Materials), Program Development, Student Attitudes, Teamwork
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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