What have you learned from your project about the principles and practices of good teaching that you would like to share with your colleagues?
My project was just another phase of my ongoing effort to develop the online content for the entire criminal justice curriculum. The project included a content module (textbook online), appropriate multimedia components and extensive set of Web course tools. As over the last nine years, the work on this and similar projects has further enhanced my expertise in the field of instructional technology. It has always been my belief that it is of ultimate importance for educators to constantly work on improving their computer literacy and competently assume the academic responsibilities arising from the advent of new technology. As in the past, I have shared my knowledge and experience in every possible way which may help other faculty members interested in learning. This included workshops, demonstrations for faculty, and one-to-one technology support for faculty members in creating web course tools, developing online instructional material and Internet related assignments.
In what way(s) did this project help your students gain new knowledge or skills?
An interactive Internet/WebCT based course content I developed is an exceptionally practical and continuously evolving learning tool. It is based on interactive capabilities of the Internet/WebCT and has the potential to greatly enhance learning experiences. It greatly facilitates course delivery and amplifies interactions on all levels: faculty with students, students with other students, and students with online resources. Being forced to abandon the conventional approach to learning, students acquire new skills in operating the cyberspace relevant to their course of study.
In what way(s) has your grant-funded project changed the way that you teach?
While I cannot say that my most recent project has brought about any significant change in the way I teach, it certainly enables me to continue my ongoing experiment with creating an asynchronous learning environment, i.e. learning that is time and place independent. I seek to use that environment as the gathering place at which students will come together to interact with each other, with the instructor, and with the resources that contribute to their learning experience.
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