Friday, November 17, 2006

Student Leader's Views on Technology, Options, ...[About 1 hour audio]

Attached audio file (podcast) is a recording of an interview of Olinda Ricard, student leader and David Boudreaux, VP, of Nicholls State University. 11/13/2006

Questions for a Student Leader - Role of Technology, Constructive Options?

For additional notes, comments, etc., see Google Docs Document:

Impact of Technology on your life/role as student (& student leader)

1. Are you especially pleased with any particular educational uses of technology?
2. Are you especially disappointed with any particular educational uses of technology?
3. Any fears and hopes about the impact of technology on higher education in the near future?
4. How do you see new available technology helping/hindering constructive, humane problem-solving?

Constructive Student Roles - With/without technology

1. What are some examples of student activities in recent years that best exemplify the kind of active, constructive, engagement you admire and hope to foster?
2. What are some of the most important ways you know of for students to participate constructively in the life of their college or university?
3. How do you see technology helping to provide or obstructing opportunities for students to take more active, constructive, engaged roles?

Students ahead/behind Faculty vis-a-vis Technology?

1. How much/little undergraduates are ahead of faculty and administration with respect to use of new information technology tools and resources?
2. Any comments about emerging role of cell phones? instant messaging? “texting”? blogs? FaceBook?....
3. Does your own experience suggest some categories of students who are being left behind the faculty and administrative staff in their access to and use of information technology?

Disaster: Implications for Online vs. Face-to-Face

1. What if you could download a copy of a lecture (like a video-recording)? IN WHAT SENSES COULD/COULDN’T A “LECTURE” ACTUALLY BE COPIED AND REPRODUCED ELECTRONICALLY?
2. How is the experience and threat of natural or man made disasters changing teaching and learning? Changing the role of information technology? Do some disaster plans include shifting - at least temporarily - more classes to purely online?
3. As it becomes easier and more important to offer some parts of some courses online instead of face-to-face, what kind of important differences between those two situations emerge as most significant? What kinds of differences emerge as least significant?
4. What would we be losing temporarily? What would be most important to make up for?
5. What would be most important to prepare for in advance?

Efficiency vs. Personal Connections (Hallowell's “Connectedness”?)

1. What are the changing trade-offs between “efficiency and personal connections in student work? Face-to-face vs. online?
2. What is being lost or gained?

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