AAS 197, January 2001
Session 86. Innovations in Teaching Astronomy I
Joint Display, Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 9:30am-7:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[86.10] Better Learning Through Technology

R.D. Mathieu (University of Wisconsin - Madison), National Institute for Science Education, College Level - One Team

The Learning Through Technology (LT2) resource is designed to help college Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (SMET) instructors:

- understand why and how they should use technology-enhanced learning strategies;

- shape the powerful emerging technologies into learning tools that better prepare college students for the 21st century; and

- provide all their students more experience with, and a better appreciation for, SMET as a living enterprise.

The LT2 website includes case studies of learning technology innovations at a variety of post-secondary institutions. Personal narratives of faculty and students cover virtually every logistical, technological, inter-personal, and political issue involved in adapting learning technologies into courses or curricula. The site also includes a wide array of lively first-person vignettes about learning technology experiences from around the country. Frequently Asked Questions is a quick stop for opinions, advice, and bits of wisdom from experienced learning technology users. Finally, the Team is developing user-friendly evaluation resources to help faculty assess the success of learning technologies in improving student learning.

The LT2 site is an element of the NISE website "Innovations in SMET Education". This site is intended to help college faculty meet multiple challenging goals including: educating all students to be scientifically literate in a technological society, developing the ranks of future scientists and skilled technicians, and preparing K-12 science and math teachers.

The "Innovations in SMET Education" website can be found at www.wcer.wisc.edu/nise/cl1 .

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