Published on October 14, 2008
James Groves, Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management, podcasts his lectures using Profcast and posts them shortly after class for his students to revisit. He also makes previous semesters’ lectures available (via podcasts) for students to prepare in advance for class.
In the capstone course for the Hotel & Restaurant Management program, Dr. Groves requires that each team creates milestones and journals of their activities during the semester using the Web. They use Excel to prepare financial plans and Google, Google Earth, or Hospitality sites to research the feasibility of their plans. Students’ media presentations are reviewed and critiqued by industry experts who, in turn, give them valuable feedback.
Jeff Rice, Department of English, is incorporating technology into English 8010 which is used to teach Graduate English students how to instruct Freshman Composition. Blogs, Wikis, and Smart Classrooms are part of the regular instruction as well as potential pieces of curriculum for future English 1000 courses.
Dr. Rice wrote a book, “Writing About Cool – Hypertext and Cultural Studies in the Computer Classroom,” which explores the use of Media in rhetorical analysis, construction of popular culture, as well as critical thinking and writing. The person who nominated Dr. Rice felt that Jeff’s use and advocacy of technology is advancing the critical thinking skills, composition skills, and potential as future scholars for all students touched by his curriculum.
Judy Richey, School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, continually seeks new ways to implement new and current technologies both in college and K-12 classrooms. Judy wrote a grant to start the Starlight Reading program, a program where university athletes read to children in area schools via a Polycom video conferencing system.
She was instrumental in developing SISLTcast radio, which podcasts news, information, and special events about the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies.
Christopher Strelluf, Department of English, teaches Intermediate Composition when he is not serving military duty. The course focuses on the rhetoric of terrorist organizations. The primary texts for the course are terrorist Web sites and publications that have been captured by the U. S. following Internet distributions. Students subject these non-traditional media to traditional rhetorical analysis. In one exercise, each student is a member of a politically motivated organization in a pretend city which has specific goals, and must work with and against each other to win the support of the city’s residents.
The students create Web sites, videos, flyers, e-mails and other forms of writing to try to achieve popular support. All participants receive daily situation updates and performance evaluations. The exercise emphasizes the real-world importance of writing, the immediacy of reactions to rhetoric, and the difficulty of writing in conflict.