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Released October 16, 2003


HATTIESBURG - 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.

Hattiesburg 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."

Hudson said 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.

According to 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," Green said.

This year's recipients and the title of their initiative are as follows:

  • Cpt. Leigh Ann Fletcher: Integrating Interactive Learning Tools into Instruction. Cpt. Fletcher proposed to develop hands-on, interactive methods to better reach students in Aerospace Studies in the College of Arts and Letters.
  • Sabrina 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.
  • Brigitte 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.
  • Kuo 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.
  • Linda 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.
  • Trenton 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.
  • Leah 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.
  • Lawrence 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).
  • Jae-Hwa 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.
  • Melody 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.


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