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ERIC Number: EJ842336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1552-3233
Changing Needs, Changing Models: Instructional Technology Training at Bronx Community College
Wach, Howard
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v3 n5 Jun-Jul 2007
In this article Harold Wach describes the gradual evolution of instructional technology faculty development programs at Bronx Community College from "one-shot" two-hour software training sessions toward a comprehensive model that combines intensive summer sessions, academic year implementation, peer mentoring, and accountability. The current program is based on the principle that teaching objectives must determine appropriate technology use. Participants come to the program having sketched out a course-based project, and then build a prototype course using the Blackboard course management system. They adapt existing course materials, develop new approaches to match new skills, and ultimately design new materials altogether. Underlying these and all other program activities are three fundamental pedagogical goals enabled by the use of online resources: active learning, extended and flexible communication, and information literacy. Changing faculty skill levels are also discussed, as are examples of faculty projects and the institutional conditions that have affected these programs. Wach concludes by noting that college administration now plans to expand departmentally-based curricular planning as a key element in instructional technology efforts. This bodes well both for this training program and for more effective integration of technology into student learning. (Contains 1 table and 5 exhibits.)
Fischler School of Education and Human Services. Nova Southeastern University, 1750 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. Tel: 800-986-3223; e-mail: innovate@nova.edu; Web site: http://innovateonline.info
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York