IT Response, Mount Holyoke College


1. Developing course web pages for a psychology course would provide
a centralized online presence for course information and would facilitate
communication between the faculty member and students and amongst the students.
The content of the pages could include syllabus, bibliography, required
readings, discussion lists, tutorials, quizzes, and links to library sources
necessary to conduct research.

Using web course development software, such as WebCT, would simplify
the process of creating the web pages by the faculty member. To encourage
collaboration between students in the course, the faculty member could
organize teams of students and could establish web pages for each team.
The teams could have their own discussion lists, publish their research
projects on this web site, and review each other's work. The web site could
be restricted to only those enrolled in the course.

Other technology that could be incorporated into the course includes
interviewing procedures and policies. Students could use tape recorders
or video cameras and transcribing equipment. They could share their interviewing
experiences and questions in class or via the web pages. When appropriate,
and with proper releases, they could include clips from interviews on the
web pages.

2. Currently, I am the Training Coordinator for Library, Information
and Technology Services. This position includes overseeing the training
needs of the Mount Holyoke College Community. Working in cooperation with
the technology consultants in Curriculum Support and Instructional Technology
(CSIT), I serve as a liaison to the faculty interested in incorporating
technology into the curriculum. This function includes evaluating the technology
and training needs of the faculty, researching new technological options
and connecting faculty to skilled students assistants.

This position coordinates the training workshops for faculty, staff
and students. In addition to teaching some of the workshops for faculty
and staff, I train and supervise a dozen student web technologists who
teach the student-to-student workshops and offer consulting services to
the Mount Holyoke College community in the Special Project Labs.

3. My goals for this collaborative project center around communication.
This is an opportunity for faculty, technology consultants, librarians
and students to communicate their needs, expectations and goals to each
other. In this process, the participants can share their knowledge of the
discipline of psychology, research methods, information retrieval and management,
technology and educate each other to the options available for this project.
All this will be focused upon the educational needs and expectations of
the students.

A second goal from this three-year process is to make faculty aware
of LITS' library and CSIT liaison program. The liaison program is a tool
for faculty to use when crafting a course or undertaking research. In addition,
the liaisons will become more familiar with the faculty and the disciplines
they work with and will be able to use this knowledge in anticipating,
evaluating and researching library and technology solutions.

4. Resources needed to further develop this project include staff time,
hardware, software and funds for training the participants.

Susan Fliss