MAY 2003 ISSUE
E-Newsletter for the Flashlight Program
Some institutions see "instructional design"
as an expense that may need to be cut in times of tight budgets. But
Tom Henderson, Gary Brown, and Carrie Meyers found in a series of studies
at Washington State University that up-front instructional design both
improved teaching-learning practices in courses and also helped control
development and delivery costs. As with all other studies summarized
in F-LIGHT we recommend this not as a statement of universal truth but
because Henderson and his colleagues asked some sensible questions in
sensible ways. You might ask similar questions in similar ways and
find something different is true at your own institution. Click
here to see what they discovered.
Cheryl Bielema and Robert O. Keel compared two sets of courses at the
University of Missouri at St. Louis. Both sets used the University's
Course Management System ("MyGateway"). One set includes
courses where the faculty member made frequent use of the course web
site, while the comparison group's faculty made relatively little use of
their course's site. The faculty making greater use of the CMS
taught courses that, according to student data, featured many positive
teaching-learning practices (e.g. students reported a greater sense of
contract with faculty in these courses than did students in the courses
making less use of the CMS) and showed signs of different outcomes as
well (students in the CMS-intensive courses were more likely to say that
they'd be taking more University courses and graduating from the
University than students in the comparison courses.) Click here to
see a longer summary of the UMSL study, as well as links to the full
report and survey instrument.
Opening in New York City - E-Portfolio Project Director
for Teaching and Learning is accepting
applications to fill a long-term, grant-funded leadership position at
, beginning August 2003.
The Center has received major funding from the US Dept. of
Education and is now in the pilot year of a five-year program to advance
the use of Electronic Student Portfolios at the college.
Designed to deepen student learning and improve program
assessment, ePortfolios allow students share their learning with
families and communities as well as future employers and transfer
institutions. The Portfolio
initiative is part of a broad restructuring of the Collegeís
Starting salary: $55-62,000, based upon experience and
accepted till the position is filled.
Anticipated start date is August 2003.
For a copy of the full position description, please contact
Aarkieva Smith, email@example.com
The University of Sydney is establishing a new research
specialising in Computer-supported learning and cognition.
Two professors (Peter Reimann and Peter Goodyear)
have been appointed to co-direct the centre. We are now
planning to recruit
someone to join the team in the role of lecturer or senior
e-learning. A description of the post can be found at
Closing date is 12 June 2003.
Ideas for Future Assessment and Research
(Including Potential Dissertation Topics)
Because F-LIGHT has two featured case studies this
month, we aren't adding any new dissertation or grant proposal ideas to
our series. Take a look at our
ideas for dissertations and grant proposals.
Transformative Assessment Workshop, Seattle WA June 20,
This workshop on Transformative
Assessment is co-sponsored by NLII, the Coalition for Networked
Information, the American Association for Higher Education, Washington
State University, and The TLT Group's Flashlight Program. Teams are
encouraged to come to this working meeting to develop plans for using data
to shape transformative uses of technology at their institutions. Click
here for more information on this workshop, which occurs immediately
before the AAHE Assessment Conference. If you'd like to meet with
Steve Ehrmann in Seattle, June 20-23, please
click here to send e-mail. We'll also be making a special announcement
to TLT/Flashlight subscribing institutions on discounts for registering
for this event ; if you'd like to be sure to get this message, send e-mail
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hurry -
the event is almost at capacity already.
The seven principles of good practice in undergraduate
education, originally formulated by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in
1986, have become a powerful tool in guiding the use of, and the
assessment of, technology in education. Starting in late summer or
early fall, The TLT Group will probably offer an online
workshop exploring the seven principles and their applications to faculty
development and assessment of educational uses of technology. This online
workshop will feature a series of webcasts and chat sessions, as well as
the opportunity to get feedback from workshop leaders on project designs. Staff from
TLT/Flashlight subscribing institutions will receive a discount. If you'd
like to be notified when registration opens for this important online
opportunity, send e-mail to email@example.com
To learn more about the topic, see our resource
page on the seven principles. There are also special material linked
to that page available only for faculty, staff and students from
For details on this and other Flashlight and TLT Group events,
both face to face and online, keep
an eye on The TLT Group calendar.
The TLT Group recently combined its two subscription
series into one trio of institutional subscription options: the TLT/Flashlight
All three subscription levels include the option to
submit assessment materials for peer review and publication, discounts to
TLT Group events, invitations to regular online briefing sessions, and
other benefits. There are now approximately 330 institutional subscribers.
Is yours one of them? Check our list
of participating institutions.
and upgraded materials are
added frequently to the Collection.
Now available, or to be added soon,
second edition of the Flashlight
Cost Analysis Handbook,
second edition of the Student
Technology Assistant Program
- A survey for collecting easy-to-share
teaching ideas from faculty (using
the "Seven Principles of Good
Practice") and a resource page
on the Seven Principles;
- A diagnostic survey that faculty can use to
improve student interaction online and another diagnostic survey faculty
can use to get helpful feedback on classroom use of PowerPoint;
- A guide to gathering data about a
college's e-portfolio initiative
(asking the right questions in order
to increase the program's influence
on teaching-learning practices while
controlling costs, risk, and
- A new, peer-reviewed survey for
studying Course Management System
use developed by Cheryl Bielema and
her colleagues at the University of
Missouri St. Louis (see article earlier in this issue).
subscribing institution gets free
access to all of these materials,
along with the rest of the
Collection, for its entire faculty,
staff and student body.
subscribing, or resubscribing, in the last few
weeks are Auburn University; the COHERE consortium (Canada); Eastern
Washington University; Husson College; Miami-Dade Community College; Pace
University; University of Massachusetts, Lowell; University of Nebraska,
Lincoln; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; University of Vermont;
and York University (Canada).
People often ask me how much I travel and
what I do on trips. This month has been a rather extreme example of
what this life can be like (and this, in case you haven't guessed, is also a
subtle apology for not getting an edition of F-LIGHT out last month). Here
are a few my recent and upcoming stops:
Golden Gate University (California):
working with architects, faculty, and staff on imagining new ways to use
physical space to support innovative university programs;
University of Missouri, St. Louis: taping
streaming video on evaluation methods for an online course of study for
Westminster College (Utah): working with
faculty on ways of using to technology to improve teaching, within courses
and across the college. I am doing similar work this month with Cal
State Fullerton, the University of Vermont, the University of Wyoming, and
the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Asheville Institute on General Education:
talk on all students ought to learn in order to be prepared for life in an
era of pervasive use of computers, digital media, and telecommunications.
I've also just finished an article with Steve
Gilbert on five ways institutions are using data to increase the educational
benefits of using a Course Management System (e.g., Angel, Blackboard,
Chef...). That article will eventually be published in Syllabus, but we'll
make it available to our subscribing institutions in the next few days.
(including free demonstration accounts), the TLT Group, and F-LIGHT
(starting and stopping subscriptions)
Program for the Study and Improvement of Educational Uses of Technology
is part of the non-profit TLT Group,
Inc. Flashlight was created by Annenberg/CPB in 1993. The TLT Group is headquartered in
Takoma Park, Maryland, just outside Washington DC, with additional staff in
Texas, Richmond VA, and Pittsburgh, and
Senior Associates around the world.
Our thanks to Washington State University for their many ways of supporting
Flashlight, including developing and administering Flashlight Online and providing the listproc for distribution of F-LIGHT
We are also grateful to St. Edward's University for extensive support for Flashlight; to the
corporate sponsors of The TLT Group; and to funders whose dedication to
higher education has aided the TLT Group's work, including Annenberg/CPB,
Atlantic Philanthropic Service, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fund for the Improvement
of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), and the National Science Foundation.
your institution needs to get a better look at Flashlight Online, the best way is for someone at
your institution to request a temporary, free demonstration account.
Send e-mail to Flashlight@tltgroup.org
with the header "Free Demo Account" to ask for details. One
account per institution, please.
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