- The University of Southern Mississippi recently announced 10 recipients
of the Title III-A Faculty Technology Mentor program. Administered
by the Center for Education and Learning Technology (CELT), the
program is funded by a $1.8 million, five-year grant. Faculty recipients
receiving the third-year award will receive a $2,500 supplement
to help them accomplish their own instructional technology while
serving as a technology mentor to other faculty.
Provost Dr. Tim Hudson said, "The Title III-A Technology Faculty
Mentor program has given our faculty members the opportunity to
expand their professional development and to enhance their teaching
and academic excellence in the area of instructional technology."
the instructional technology projects will create an engaging, stimulating
and robust learning environment for students at Southern Miss. "Their
innovative spirit will contribute to our university's goal of being
recognized as a world-class institution," Hudson said.
Evelyn Green, Title III-A project director, the technology faculty
mentors serve as an extension of CELT's faculty development effort
by providing peer-to-peer assistance within their respective colleges.
"Their assistance includes sharing instructional technology
knowledge through brown-bag seminars and providing 'smart classroom'
training assistance or online course development to their peers,"
recipients and the title of their initiative are as follows:
Leigh Ann Fletcher: Integrating Interactive Learning Tools into
Cpt. Fletcher proposed to develop hands-on, interactive methods
to better reach students in Aerospace Studies in the College of
Arts and Letters.
Bryant: Digital Enhancement of Clinical Hematology for Lecture,
Laboratory and Web-Based Learning. Using digital images, video
demonstrations and interactive assessments, Byrant's project will
generate instructional resources that illustrate the lecture and
laboratory components of Clinical Hematology, a required course
for medical technologists in the College of Health.
Burgess: Creating a Technology Base for Faculty and Students in
Fashion Merchandising. Burgess proposed to enhance critical
thinking skills among students in the Fashion Merchandising and
Interior Design program in the College of Arts and Letters by
enhancing lectures, developing courses and creating Web sites
for the program.
Lane Chen: The Development of an Online-Based Model for Enterprise
Resource Planning (ERP) Software
in Systems Design Applications/Management Information Systems
Courses. The primary purpose of the project is to develop online-based
modules that are useful for information system courses in the
School of Accountancy and Information Systems in the College of
Business and Economic Development.
Dysart Goff: Incorporating Multimedia Technology in Speech Communication
Classrooms. Goff will use the laptop, presentation software
and data projector funded by the grant for enhancing teaching
presentations in the Department of Speech Communication in the
College of Arts and Letters and interesting other students to
begin acquiring presentation skills for use in classes and careers.
E. Gould: PDAs as CATs (Clinical Assessment Tools): Using Hand-Held
Technology to Improve Preceptor Efficiency and Student Learning
Through Paperless Assignment. The project would create a paperless
assessment environment for athletic trainers in the School of
Human Performance and Recreation, replacing the antiquated style
of paper-and-pencil documentation.
Fonder-Solano and Christopher Miles: Virtual Language Exchange:
Using CHAT to Enhance Language Acquisition and Global Awareness
for USM Students. The purpose of the project is to create
a CHAT system that links the international studies program in
Mexico to Southern Miss' undergraduate students enrolled in Spanish
classes. The network would allow Foreign Language students in
the College of Arts and Letters to communicate in real-time with
Spanish speaking students from the university's partner program
at the Universidad de Las Americas (UDLA) in Puebla, Mexico.
A. Hosman: Persuasion in Everyday Life - Using Technology to Enhance
the Teaching of Persuasion. The project will create a course
Web site with links to materials on the Internet, digitize examples
of persuasion for course presentations and use more multimedia
examples of persuasion in the classroom for the Department of
Speech Communication course on Persuasion (SCM 311).
Shin: Multimedia and Online Public Relations Classroom. This
project aims to expand the current public relations courses in
the School of Mass Communication and Journalism by adding laptop
computers and LCD projectors in the classroom.
Lo: Developing Computerization Experiments to Enhance Teaching
and Learning of Economics/Business.
Lo's project proposes that a well-designed computerization experiment
in a real-world setting will arouse students' interest in business
and economics courses and is a better learning environment for
students in Economics, Finance and International Business in the
College of Business and Economic Development.