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Bush Faculty Development Committee

Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD

Bush Faculty Development Grant
March 1999 - 2002

Abstracts of Projects Awarded in November 1999

Building a Cadre of WebCT Users on the Augustana Campus

The project will explore, in collaborative fashion, the incorporation of web-enhancement strategies into specific course offerings by using the web-based course tools package, WebCT. At the same time, the participants will develop a degree of expertise that can be shared with other faculty through demonstration, consultation, and later development of guidelines for the beginning user. Of the vectors identified by the Bush Committee, the project fits best with Vector #3 related to the use of technology in service of teaching. Participants, listed below, will develop specific applications of technology to the teaching of selected courses and facilitate similar possibilities for other faculty.

Collaborative learning, as well as mutual support and critique, will be used by the group as members develop their individual course web pages. Initial efforts of the group will focus upon solidifying the baseline working knowledge of participants with respect to WebCT, cooperatively creating a website for use by the group to share ideas and feedback, refining individual goals for application of WebCT, and arranging for expert consultation.

Margot Nelson, Department of Nursing
Geoffrey Dipple, Department of History
Mary Friehe, Department of Education
Andy Eastwood, Social Work Program, Dept. of Sociology, Social Work & Native American Studies
Anne Oppegard, Department of Business Administration
Glenda Sehested, Department of Sociology, Social Work, & Native American Studies
Sharon Gray, Department of Computer Science and Instructional Technologist for the college

Open Windows Book Discussion Project

Arlen Viste

The Bush Committee joins with the Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values, in co-sponsoring or encouraging a type of cell group. This relates to the fourth vector of the Bush Grant, the Open Windows Project, pages 17-19 in the proposal on the web site. http://inst.augie.edu/~bush/TableofContents.pdf

We are encouraging the formation and activities of book discussion groups, cutting across boundaries of faculty, administration, and staff, under the Open Windows Project. Initially three book discussion groups are underway.

Desired outcomes include

    To discuss substantive ideas from worthwhile books,
    To gain personal insights.
    To enhance relationships and mutual appreciation among the participants.

The first books being discussed are:

Stephen L. Carter, Integrity, 1997, HarperCollins, New York.

Larry L. Rasmussen, Earth Community, Earth Ethics, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY, 1996. With this book, Rasmussen won the 1997 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

The book discussion project is also described on the web site of the Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values. http://inst.augie.edu/~values/bookgroups.html

We warmly encourage participation by all who are interested.

Multimedia-processing Workstation

Craig Spencer and Lee Johnson are in the Biology Department while Perry Hanavan is a member of the Education department. Kyle Hanson is a student majoring in Biology/Secondary Education. This grant is being used to support a powerful multimedia-processing workstation for use in producing professional-quality digital video/audio presentations. Initial work will involve producing presentations based upon student-faculty research projects. Application of these products would range from classroom presentations and Web publication, to use in scientific research and conference exhibitions. The presentations will be produced by both faculty and students

The growing, technologically-intensive nature of both research and teaching has mandated investment into a workstation capable of manipulating large data files. In addition to simple literary documentation, both Craig Spencer and Leland Johnson have begun recording research and teaching opportunities via Digital Video (DV). This type of documentation allows much more dynamic presentations of data, whether to other faculty, to students in the classroom, or to the rest of the world via the web. Realization of this project will have an important effect on the visibility of Augustana College. Students and other interested parties in removed locations will be able to better visualize ongoing research projects and the advantages inherent in Augustana College and her faculty.

Digital Video is the video format of the future. Images recorded in the language of the computer can be edited and transferred literally millions of times with little or no degradation of quality. With the knowledge of Perry Hanavan directing integration of these videos into a format applicable to the World Wide Web, the innovations, teaching methods, and atmosphere of Augustana College will be instantly available to the rest of the on-line world. In addition to presentations on student/faculty research collaborations, teachers will be able to create libraries of methods, and ultimately, the new technology will be available to students in regular classes for use in class p