I am delighted to confirm that arrangements have been made for our visit to BSU to see a demonstration of video conferencing equipment and discussions with faculty and instructional technology support people at BSU. The day (Saturday, April 5) looks to be exciting. Here is the plan.
If you want to make your way to BSU I will send you directions and parking directions. Otherwise transportation will be provided. We will meet at Security in order to leave about 8:45.
The seminar has three components:
1. Morning, 10 a.m. to noon. Pedagogy, faculty concerns, logistics, other issues.
2. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Working conversation lunch near campus among all participants.
3. 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Technical issues, equipment, demonstration, practice.
BSU faculty and IT staff (listed below) will lead the discussion but you should arm yourself with questions that you want answered. The lunch will be in a local restaurant within walking distance of the campus and the emphasis will be on the opportunity to engage in conversation with counter parts both at Manchester and Goshen as well as BSU.
I need a definite commitment from you by Monday March 31 and an indication whether you will drive yourself or want transportation provided so I can make final arrangements. The college transportation will return directly to Richmond when the seminar is over.
BSU faculty involved in the seminar. This group is enthusiastic about our visit and look forward to sharing their experience with distance education. The entire group is very experienced in this activity.
Jay Thompson, faculty, Educational Studies
Kay Hodson, faculty, School of Nursing
Inga Hill, College of Business administrator
Fred Nay, Director of University Computing Services
Charles Jones, Director, Office of Teaching and Learning Advancement, Center for
John Dalton, Manager of Video Information Services (Library)
Mike Dalton, Distance Education Media Manager
Jon Weiss, Microlan Systems University Computing Services
Dan Lutz, Teleplex Administrator
Arthur W. Hafner, Dean, University Libraries
Mic Jackson asked me a question that made me realize I hadn't communicated clearly about the April 5 session. This seminar on distance education is sponsored by Plowshare and faculty, librarians and IT people from Goshen and Manchester will also be attending. In fact one of my agenda items for this day is to get faculty from the three campuses communicating. I don't expect that there are going to be as many from the other institutions but at least enough that we can begin to make connections. I expect that this will lead to further discussions and more intense communication among the three campuses about peace studies curricula and how courses proposed to e taught on one campus will fit with the courses taught on the other two.
For the 5th the major focus is on exploring the issues in distance education and beginning to answer the questions about the pedagogical issues and why residential colleges might be interested in distance education.
Posted by markp at March 20, 2003 04:46 PM