Instructional Technology

The Provost's Seminar on May 11, 2005 focused on new technologies, the collaborations they engender (among students and between faculty and students), and how they can promote or deepen student learning. Professor Randy Bass of Georgetown University gave the keynote address. Professor Bass is an Assistant Provost at Georgetown and Executive Director of their Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), a teaching and technology center that supports faculty work in new learning and research environments. He is also an associate professor of English, and a member of the American Studies Committee at Georgetown.

The technology used for capturing and displaying the lecture (and synchronizing the slides to the talk) was developed by Professor Homer Neal (U-M Physics Department) and his research group. Examples of other recorded lectures can be found on the Web Lecture Archive Project (WLAP) homepage.

Dr. Randy Bass's Keynote Address: Making Learning Visible:Technology and Teaching for Understanding

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