Talking Toward Techno-Pedagogy:

A Collaboration Across Colleges and Constituencies

Supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation






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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


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