Working with the International Program department this week was a monumental step toward meeting the learning styles and preferences of students in the twenty-first century, not only for The Center for Learning with Technology but for Harding University as well. Never before have three separate programs assembled together for the common objective of exploring the integration of learning with technology for the central purpose of developing effective twenty-first century learning environments.The Center for Learning with Technology, the Library Media Specialist, and the International Programs explored together the technological opportunities and resources available to more effectively and efficiently support faculty members as they prepare to teach abroad in the seven overseas programs Harding offers. Present at the meeting were Dr. Jeff Hopper, Dean of International Programs, Janis Ragsdale, International Programs Administrator, Ann Dixon, Director, Brackett Library, Lisa Burley, E-Learning, Instruction, & Special Collections Librarian, Paula Kirby, E-Learning & Multimedia Services, Director, Keith Cronk, Vice President for Information Systems & Technology, and Dr. Connie Elrod, Instructional Designer, Center for Learning with Technology. Immediate and long term objectives of compiling appropriate technology resources to assist faculty as they teach abroad for the International Program were discussed. One of our immediate objectives is to provide faculty, who will be teaching courses outside of their discipline, with pre-recorded classroom lectures by faculty members who are content experts in that particular course. Dr. Pat Garner, Director of the Communication Studies Program, will video record his first few class meetings of COMO 101. Video of his lectures will be provided to all faculty members teaching COMO 101 this fall. An additional short term objective is to establish a dialogue with Dr. Daniel Stockstill, Associate Dean of the College of Bible and Religion, regarding establishing appropriate technology resources for the new Faculty Resource Center for Bible courses that are taught overseas. We look forward to working with Dr. Stockstill as the content manager for College of Bible and Religion. Dr. Jeff Hopper will be our contact as the Center for Learning with Technology and the Brackett Library staff work to develop a repository of resources for the humanity courses taught overseas.
Long-term, our desire is to assemble and video record valuable insight from a panel of faculty members, whom have taught in our International Programs. Videos of faculty members will be posted on-line in Moodle for future faculty members teaching overseas to help assimilate them to the new culture, living environment, and teaching experiences. Our initial meeting was productive and a huge success. We are excited about the new ventures of learning with technology. Thank you for all who were assembled at Tuesday’s meeting. This is what Harding University is all about, working as a team to provide a twenty-first-century learning experience where God is at the center.