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  • The University of Texas at El Paso
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  • UTEP Service Area/Connection Map
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  • The University of Texas at El Paso URL :
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  • Underlying Themes and Major Concerns Technology and demography as drivers for educational change and transformation On campus vs. off campus settings for learning Changing nature of knowledge base (from content to context) Challenges of continuing education and lifelong learning we as a society are facing
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  • Information technology can be the excuse and the means to move closer to educational goals that we have been unable to achieve for decades and to some new ones - Excerpt from A New Vision Worth Working Toward -- Connected Education and Collaborative Change February, 2000 version available at
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  • Harnessing Technological Change to Serve a Changing Student Demography Nov 01 Apr 02
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  • Involving the Campus with Technology Campus IT Steering Committee Technology Decision-Makers Round Table Academic Affairs IT Committee Faculty Senate Technology Committee
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  • Involving the Campus with Technology : External Groups UT System Strategic Leadership Council State Department of Information Resources Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board UT TeleCampus AN-MSI Educause/NSF Consortium
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  • Technology Asynchronous Digital Instantaneous Interactive Portable/Wireless User friendly Ubiquitous
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  • Student Demography Diversity with a Capital D Technology savvy Bottom-line oriented Impatient and anxious Multiply challenged
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  • Student Profile 69% Hispanic, 15% Anglo, 2% African-American, 1% Asian, 0.3% Native American 46% male, 54% female Average age: undergraduate 24; graduate 34 82% from El Paso County 9% Mexican nationals 5% from 44 other states and 67 other countries 81% are employed 54% are 1 st generation university students UTEP Facts
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  • Faculty Discipline-based Technology doubtful Mainstream oriented Academically minded Culturally challenged Time conscious
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  • Faculty 861 full-time and part-time faculty More than 93% of universitys tenure-track faculty members hold doctorial degrees or the equivalent in their fields UTEP Facts
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  • Instructional work changes Interdisciplinary oriented Problem based teaching-learning approaches Distributed learning platforms Brokerage vs. knowledge imparter Learning by doing vs. learning by telling Culturally relevant vs. culturally neutral content Faculty as learner and student as teacher Pedagogical savvy Faculty Role Changes
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  • Advice to Others Technology is not for wimps. To be effective, technology requires: Consistent, focused, integrated campus efforts Developing a rhythm for change, as opposed to a routine for change Moving form stepping stones and islands of innovation to Campus Profile Defining technology as value added component and not just an Add-on Four major information needs for planning Characteristics of learners Conditions for use Characteristics of media and technology Characteristics of content and messages being delivered
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  • Evaluating the New Information Technologies 1.Media Characteristics 2.User/Audience Characteristics 3.Conditions or Environment for Use 4.Message or Instructional Content
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  • Conditions for Use Types of Media (Content) Media Characteristics User/Learner Characteristics Concentric Circles
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  • The Pedagogy of Electronic Instruction
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  • Accommodating A Changing Student Demography Assessing what works and what does not and developing digital repository of best practices exemplars to guide your production. More widespread use of the IEEEs Internet best practices standards for web page and site layout, development, maintenance, and updating. More systematic efforts to work with digital media approaches that integrate the attributes of the technology with characteristics of the learners. Recruitment and involvement of individuals from diverse backgrounds in your digital media production and web- based development staff.
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  • Accommodating A Changing Student Demography (continued) Moving beyond personal assistive technology options to the adoption of human-centered interfaces that adapt to the user. Greater use of multiple language & signing options that the technology now affords web site developers. On-going discussion and analysis across your production staff and faculty about those components that make for effective and executable accessibility for challenged population groups. More appropriate integration of text, audio and video elements on web sites.
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  • Accommodating A Changing Student Demography (continued) More conscious decision-making about the web-based production processes, coupled with pre-testing of the value-added effects of using different fonts, under-lining, bolding, italics as well as colors and hues, animation and graphics (drawing on research base on print media layout protocols and effectiveness indicators). Inviting structured reviews of web sites by outside resource groups, such as the TLT group, and using the feedback provided to guide updates and revisions.
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  • Important Websites for Follow-up UTEP TPDL Office Digital Media Center Pedagogy Electronic Instruction Creative Kids Manual Acosta AN-MSI UT TeleCampus Harnessing Technological Change


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