May 12, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 17
University to Host 'eTeaching Day' May 19
Faculty and graduate students from Boston College and Northeastern University will gather at the Chestnut Hill campus on May 19 for "eTeaching Day" to share ideas about how to employ technology in the classroom.
The event will include a seminar on distance education and a demonstration of the Urban Teaching Connection, a project of Northeastern's School of Education that links undergraduate and graduate students with practicing teachers, community leaders, alumni and faculty from a variety of disciplines via an interactive Web site.
"We wanted to provide an opportunity for BC and Northeastern faculty to meet and see what was happening around instructional technology at both institutions," said Academic Technology Services Associate Director for Instructional Technology Services Elizabeth Clark. "The goal here was sharing resources and knowledge across institutions - breaking down the geographical barriers that often infringe on collaborative understanding.
"We thought this project would be of great interest to the Lynch School of Education, with its emphasis on educating teachers for in the K-12 field," said Clark.
The luncheon keynote speaker will be Jon Paul Potts, communications manager of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology OpenCourseWare program, an initiative to publish teaching materials for all 1,800 MIT courses on the Web [ocw.mit.edu].
Afternoon sessions will include seminars and workshops on such topics as Web site development software Macromedia Dreamweaver and on-line instructional assistance technology WebCT. Representatives from Apple Computer Inc. will be on hand to discuss their company's new technologies.
"The goal of eTeaching Day is to provide faculty members and graduate students with models of teaching with technology, as well as an opportunity to get hands-on training," said Clark. "We hope that participants will come away with new ideas and inspiration for their own teaching and research projects, and knowledge of the support systems in place to help them achieve their goals."
-Stephen Gawlik •