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Title: Welcome to the Information Super-Highway: Read the Road Signs

Welcome to the Information Super-HighwayRead
the Road Signs
  • Texas AM University
  • Sarah Mudd Team Leader
  • Ana Baida
  • Abby Howell
  • Laura Norman

IntroductionThe Millennial Generation
  • Todays college students are a part of the
    Millennial generation (Howe and Strauss, 2000).
  • Howe and Strauss indicate that Millennial
    students use the internet more than previous
    generations, and the daily use of it will
    increase later in the generation (Howe and
    Strauss, 2000). This indicates that internet use
    will increase among the current and future
  • Millennial students are extremely trusting of
    others and authority (Howe and Strauss, 2000).
  • Millennial students appear more team like and
    administrators are seeking to create ways to
    develop this quality (Howe and Strauss, 2000).
  • Students learn differently and would benefit from
    classrooms that become more learner-centered
    (Rogers, 2000).
  • Research indicates that 60 of American students
    are visually dominant learners (Rogers, 2000).
  • Technological learning behaviors mirror the way
    the human mind thinks, learns, and remembers by
    moving from images and words to sound
    interpretation, analysis, and exploration occur
    throughout this process (Rogers, 2000).
  • Utilizing multimedia with interactive exercises
    enables students to expand their learning
    experience in order to discover new knowledge on
    their own (Rogers, 2000).

IntroductionWhy Technology Is Important
  • Technology training should extend beyond learning
    such skills faculty could benefit from a working
    knowledge of students learning styles, including
    how their use of technology affects learning, in
    order to meet the determined learning outcomes
    (Rogers, 2000).
  • There are both advantages and disadvantages to
    using technology successfully in the classroom
    setting it is important to know both in order to
    work effectively with the millennial generation.
  • Because millennial students are more trusting of
    others, it is important that administrators are
    aware of the dangers of on-line profile and
    blogging sites that students frequent.
  • Effective use of technology can increase work
    productivity and efficiency at work.

Five Crucial Areas
  • This presentation covers five important areas of
  • However, this is not an exhaustive list of all
    the available areas.
  • Institutional Spam
  • On-line Blogging
  • On-line Personal Profiles
  • E-mail and E-mail Listservs
  • iPods and Podcasts

Institutional Spam
  • Why Chosen?
  • Institutional spam is an ever-present problem
    that deals with employee time and risk as well as
    student confidentiality and risk. It is an
    important focus for us, as administrators,
    because the attention we pay to institutional
    spam will help safeguard our constituencies.
  • Description
  • Spam is defined as unsolicited or undesirable
    bulk mailings.
  • Institutions are often subject to spam because of
    the large number of people in one place with
    similar e-mail addresses.
  • Institutional spam is partially averted by
    filters however, servers still direct energy
    toward spam, and confidentiality issues still

Institutional Spam
  • Benefits
  • Learning about institutional spam is important in
    order to gain techniques that allow the
    safeguarding of the campus and the freeing up of
    server space.
  • This knowledge will also ensure that
    confidentiality is not breached and that student
    information is not wrongly used.
  • Problems Issues
  • Institutional spam can cause major problems on
    campus such as breaching student or employee
    confidentiality or slowing down servers.
  • With HIPPA and FERPA laws, it is important that
    we keep information secure so as not to allow
    outside constituencies access to the campus
  • Server speed is important in the efficient
    workings of the university, and filtering out
    spam will enable increased productivity.

On-line Blogging
  • Why chosen?
  • Weblogs, more commonly referred to as blogs, are
    spaces on the Internet for writing and sharing
    information.  While some blogs allow readers to
    view the blog only, others allow readers to post
    their responses to the author's content.
  • Blogs have become increasingly popular in higher
    education, and their applications include
    university recruitment, student mentoring, and
    classroom discussions.  
  • Description
  • Universities have created weblog services for
    their students, faculty, and staff to encourage
    discourse regarding departments, research
    projects, student organizations, and coursework.
  • Professors use blogs across a variety of
    disciplines to enable students to process
    academic information and share their thoughts
    with classmates.
  • Academic scholars use blogs to share ideas and
    receive feedback from fellow scholars.
  • College and university students personal blogs
    often record their daily lives and are now posted
    on admissions homepages to recruit prospective
    students. These personal blogs also play an
    important role in individuals' social networking.

On-line Blogging
  • Benefits
  • Proponents of blogs suggest that these web pages
    create a sense of community and promote learning
    through academic discourse.
  • Teachers who utilize blogs to supplement
    classroom discussion have found that their
    students are better prepared when they come to
  • The public nature of blogs encourages students to
    broaden their perspective of the topic as they
    address an audience much larger than just their
  • Writing and communication skills, as well as
    analytical skills, are enhanced as students
    participate in academic blogging.
  • Problems Issues
  • While the blog is an excellent supplement to
    learning, the blog cannot become a substitute for
    classroom discussion and scholarly research.
  • The educational value of blogs is determined by
    the content of the author's submission and the
    respondents' postings.
  • Many bloggers question whether the prevalence of
    weblogs is a fad or a lasting invention.

On-line Personal Profiles
  • Why Chosen?
  • The use of on-line profiling and blogging is
    quickly becoming a vast source of information.
    While there are both issues and benefits to the
    uses of on-line profiles, it is important for us,
    as administrators, to understand how students use
    these services, how we can use them, and how they
    and we alike should not use them.
  • Description
  • On-line profiling sites such as The Facebook and
    MySpace allow people to network socially, join
    groups, post pictures, and communicate with

On-line Personal Profiles
  • Benefits
  • On-line can be both educational and promotional.
  • Because The Facebook is a site a majority of
    students see it daily, utilizing it as a way of
    advertising for events will be beneficial for
    programming organizations or groups.
  • On-line profiles allow individuals to search for
    and contact individuals they may have lost
    contact with, or other students in their classes.
  • Because it is important for faculty members to
    utilize this technology, administrators should
    have an understanding of the networking
    opportunities on sites such as The Facebook
    students can work collaboratively in groups on
    The Facebook - combining group work with
    present-day technologies.
  • Problems Issues
  • As administrators, it is important to be cautious
    when using The Facebook certain students are
    wary of administrators usage of The Facebook.
  • Rather than using on-line profiling in the same
    way that students do, the primary purpose of
    having a working knowledge of The Facebook is to
    understand our students and to encourage student
    leaders to use The Facebook for organizationally
    beneficial purposes (ex advertising).
  • Students consider their information private,
    while administrators see it as public, since it
    is published information.
  • There are also broad privacy concerns with
    students on The Facebook.  Students often put too
    much information (such as telphone numbers and
    addresses) and, thus, become susceptible to a
    host of safety concerns.

E-mail E-mail Listservs
  • Why Chosen?
  • Forty-six percent of college students believe
    that e-mail allows them to communicate ideas to
    professors that they would not express in the
    classroom. In addition, e-mail is essential for
    maintaining communication among administrators
    across departments and campuses. e-mail etiquette
    is necessary to establish professionalism, to
    enhance efficiency of communication, and to
    protect university employees from the risks
    associated with e-mailing (Jones Madden, 2002).
  • Sixty-eight percent of college students
    participate in one or more academic-oriented
    listserv that allow for discussions related to
    their coursework (Jones Madden, 2002).
  • Description
  • E-mail Etiquette
  • E-mail content should be concise, and all
    questions and any potential future questions
    should be addressed.
  • Follow proper spelling, grammar, and
    capitalization rules.
  • Respond within 24 hours of receiving an e-mail,
    and do not erase the message thread (record of
    correspondence back and forth).
  • Do not write messages in all capital letters.
  • Do not forward chain letters or inappropriate
    material, and do not respond to spam.
  • Add disclaimers and signatures to your e-mails.
  • Beware of pressing reply to all of the recipients
    who have received an e-mail.
  • Listservs provide a means of creating community
    over the internet and distributing information to
    a large number of users.
  • Listservs
  • Listservs are electronic mailing lists that send
    out information and/or discussions to
    subscribers e-mail addresses.
  • Listservs come in two forms (a) information
    distributed through the listserv may be sent out
    solely by the creator of the e-mail list to all
    recipients, or (b) information sent out by any of
    the individuals subscribing to the listserv to
    all recipients.
  • Listservs may be created by organizations or by
    individuals. Websites such as Google Groups and
    YahooGroups allow individuals to set up e-mail
    lists free of charge.

E-mail E-mail Listservs
  • Benefits
  • E-mailing enables faculty and staff members to
    increase their efficiency, productivity, and
    accessibility and allows for quick distribution
    of information to multiple parties.
  • With the feasibility and efficiency of e-mailing,
    communication of electronic assignments,
    announcements, and/or questions between students,
    faculty, and staff is significantly enhanced both
    in quantity and in speed of communication.
  • Problems Issues
  • Some faculty and staff members find that
    e-mailing is so accessible that their inboxes are
    swamped with unnecessary questions from their
    students. Additionally, miscommunication across
    e-mailing due to poor netiquette and reduced
    non-verbal communication can result in
    misunderstandings and frustration.
  • Provision of frequent training sessions and
    accessible technology support staff are necessary
    to develop and maintain e-mail proficiency among
    faculty and staff.

iPods Podcasts
  • Why Chosen?
  • Many students use iPods or other similar mp3
    players to listen to music while going to class,
    working out, or spending time in their cars or
  • Universities can utilize these devices to make
    information more accessible to students, to
    provide students opportunities to interact and
    create current technology, and to cut programming
  • Description
  • iPods and other mp3 players are able to store
    music files and podcasts.
  • Podcasts can be created by digitally recording
    the information and converting it through special
    computer programming.
  • iTunesU (run by Apple Computer Co.) allows
    universities to utilize this technology for free.
    The podcasts that universities create can be made
    available only to students or to the public
    through iTunesU.
  • Professors can record class lectures and make
    them available to students in the class.
  • Podcasts can be assigned as student projects
    which require students to become more aware of
    how to use technology, work in groups, be precise
    and present information to others.
  • iPods can be used in institutional programming to
    provide music at functions. Songs and albums can
    be purchased on-line, downloaded onto the iPod,
    and played over a PA system at functions and
    programs, which will remove the need to hire a

iPods Podcasts
  • Benefits
  • Podcasts of class lectures will help reach
    students of many different learning styles.
  • Students can review sections of lectures that
    they might not have understood on their own time
    in preparation for tests.
  • This may often save professors from having to
    repeat or review the material with students who
    could understand if they simply reheard it, thus
    freeing professors to focus on research or
    students who are struggling in other areas.
  • Podcasts allow professors to build a library of
    supplemental lectures that can be made available
    to students for future classes.
  • Students can study while walking to class,
    working out, and any place they can take their
    iPod or mp3 player.
  • If students miss class they have access to the
    material covered while they were gone.
  • If assigned as a project, it enables students to
    learn how to use new technology, as well as to
    work in groups, be precise and teach others.
  • Using iPods during programs to provide music will
    help departments spend less money and use
    budgetary funds more wisely.
  • Problems Issues
  • Technology is expensive! If using podcasts,
    universities would need to purchase microphones
    and computer software to create the podcasts, as
    well as train professors on how to use the
  • Students may feel that if they have access to
    podcasts of class lectures that they do not need
    to attend class. This forces professors to be
    more intentional about providing activities and
    discussions in class that would encourage
    students to attend.
  • Professors may not be familiar with how to work
    the equipment therefore, they may need to be
    trained, or a person may need to be appointed to
    handle the broadcasting of podcasts.

  • Dont let the learning stop here! Look for
    training on campus or at regional and national
  • Technology is dynamic, and as the students
    technological knowledge changes, ours should as
    well so that we are able to meet their needs.
  • Below are resources for further learning
  • For additional technology-related resources
  • For the major technological initiatives in higher
    education http//www.educause.edu/majorinitiativ
  • For professional development opportunities
  • For upcoming conferences and/or seminars
  • For fellowship scholarship opportunities

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