SUPPORTING FACULTY USE OF TECHNOLOGY
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING
Phase I: Spring, 1996
Academic departments and faculty were canvassed to identify: the numbers of types of computers installed in the academic departments, online access, access to BCC Student Information management System (SIMS), need for additional computers, software, and online capability. A detailed report was produced. In summary, the report indicates: approximately 30% of responding faculty have computers in their office; over 90% would like to have office computer access, faculty desire access for word processing, Internet, E-mail and SIMS access, approximately 75% respondents have home computers, virtually none had effective SIMS access at the beginning of the project, approximately 25% IBM-compatible PC's in faculty offices have 486 or later microprocessors, therefore 75% of faculty computers are obsolete in terms of full Internet usage.
Phase II: 1996 - 1997
A Web page for faculty development and training was designed and developed and made the 35-page Faculty Technology Needs Assessment Questionnaire Report and other related technology related issues available in the World Wide Web.
Phase III: 1997 - 1998
(1) In Support of BASIS (BCC Administrative Student Information System)
The student transcript provides information which is essential to academic advisement. BASIS has been used at BCC to guide students in their decisions regarding curriculum and course selections.
BASIS manuals, designed for users with "dumb" terminals dedicated solely for BASIS purpose; IBM-compatible PCs using ProComm Plus communication software; and Macintosh computers using TinCan software were developed and distributed to all faculty users.
(2) In Support of Teaching
BCC E-mail Directory 2.1: Created and maintained an up-to-date directory of faculty and staff E-mail addresses.
E-mail Workshop: "E-mail Using Netscape"
Microsoft PowerPoint (presentation software) Workshop: "Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Effective Computer-based Presentations"
The workshop featured the use of PowerPoint to create presentaitons to supplement classroom instruction, conferences or any other event where visual impact would enhance presentation.
Microcomputer Basic Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Access)
(3) In Support of the Internet & Web Page Development
Using the Internet for Instruction Workshop
To be most effective, some aspects of this training were department- and discipline-specific. The workshop focused on the use of the Internet to enhance instruction. It explored the use of basic functions and search tools; accessing instructional courseware and appropriate web resources, and understanding browsers.
Web Page Development Workshop I: "Creating Department Web Pages Using HTML"
Topics include an introduction to the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the structure of HTML documents, using basic formatting tags, and linking to other documents on the Web.
Web Page Development Workshop II: "Intermediate HTML"
Topics include named anchors, background and font formatting, HTML tables and various tag attributes. Basic design concepts and style considerations are included.
Web Page Development Workshop III: "Creating Graphics for the World Wide Web"
Topics include how to scan images for use on the Web, and basic techniques for optimizing image quality.
Develop a distance learning course
When properly introduced to technology in education--when faculty
can see purpose, value, and relevance in what is being
presented--they take it with appreciation, and often with
TCC Online Conferences