Friday, November 21, 2003

(Sessions at the assembly hotel: Millennium Hotel/Boulder)
3:00 - 4:30 pm

Opening Plenary

Welcome; introductions & logistics
Richard Byyny, Chancellor - University of Colorado at Boulder
Paul E. Vorndam, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry- Colorado State University-Pueblo
Richard McCray, George Gamow Distinguished Professor, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences- University of Colorado at Boulder

Plenary presentation: Computer Power and Human Learning: Using Technology As If Students Matter
John R. Jungck, Professor of Biology- Beloit College; Director- BioQuest

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Breakout sessions
Assembly leaders

Opportunity to address questions raised by Dr. Jungck's remarks.

  • What is the role of technology in learning and teaching?
  • What are the obstacles that you have faced?
  • What is the one educational use of technologies in introductory courses that is having the most positive impact on the quality of learning for your students?

Groups to prepare a poster from their discussion for review at the reception/poster session to follow.

5:30 - 7:30 pm Reception/Buffet dinner/Poster session
Participants have opportunity for informal review of posters from the break-out sessions and for connecting to colleagues.

7:30 - 9:15 pm

Boulder Sampler - Spotlighting the host institution: University of Colorado at Boulder

Saturday, November 22, 2003

7:30 - 8:30 am

Birds-of-a-feather breakfast (Millennium Hotel)
Informal opportunities to share with and learn from peers:

  • How chemists are using technologies...
  • How biologists are...
  • How mathematicians are...
  • How computer scientists are...
  • How earth and planetary scientists are...
  • How psychologists are...
  • How senior academic administrators make things happen
  • How other administrative colleagues make things happen

8:45 am Shuttle from hotel to University of Colorado campus

9:00 - 10:00 am

Plenary session
The setting becomes an undergraduate classroom; participants experience two creative approaches to transforming the learning environment through the use of technologies. This common experience sets the stage for the break-out sessions that follow.

New strategies for learning biology
Carey Phillips, Professor of Biology- Bowdoin College

Digital chemistry: the experience is everything
Mark Kubinec, Director, Digital Chemistry Project- University of California Berkeley

10:30 am - 11:45 pm

Breakout session A

Designing spaces that accommodate the technologies that are transforming the learning environment
Gary A. Gabriele, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Technology as a solution to implementing active learning pedagogies
Ann C. Smith, Director, Undergraduate Programs, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics- University of Maryland College Park

Teaching and learning in computer science: incorporating assessment as a tool against obsolescence
David Ranum, Associate Professor and Chair, Computer Science- Luther College

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch: A word from your sponsors: CUSE, PKAL & MERLOT
Robert L. DeHaan, Director, Committee on Undergraduate Science Education- National Research Council
Jeanne L. Narum, Director- Project Kaleidoscope
Flora McMartin, Director of Member Services & Evaluation- MERLOT

1:15 - 2:15 pm

Plenary session: Understanding what works from the students' perspective: The role of assessment
Julanna Gilbert, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning & Professor of Chemistry- University of Denver
Alison Morrison-Shetlar, Director, Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning & Professor of Biology- University of Central Florida

2:30 - 4:00 pm

Breakout session B

JiTT = Technologies to transform and assess learning through the Just-in-time-teaching pedagogy
Evelyn T. Patterson, Professor of Physics- U.S. Air Force Academy
Gregor M. Novak, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Physics- U.S. Air Force Academy

Using geographic information systems as an active learning tool
Ann Johnson, Education Solutions Manager- Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

How technology is improving student learning in large enrollment, lower-level mathematics courses
Robert F. Olin, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences- University of Alabama
Joe Benson, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences-University of Alabama
Monte Boisen, Chair, Department of Mathematics- University of Idaho

4:15 - 5:30 pm

Plenary session
Individual efforts to use technologies appropriately and creatively must have institutional support and faculty buy-in if they are to flourish over the long-term and serve generations of students. This plenary explores what strategies, tactics and policies about requisite changes in institutional policies, practices and programs that need to be considered to achieve the full potential of information technologies in the service of learning.
Kristina G. Proctor, Dean, College of Science and Mathematics- Colorado State University-Pueblo

Robert F. Olin, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences- University of Alabama
Brad Lister, Director, Center of Industrial Innovation- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Carl Wieman, Distinguished Professor, Department of Physics- University of Colorado at Boulder

5:30 pm

Shuttle back to the hotel
Time to think about and prepare agenda for action

7:00 pm

A night together on the town
Experiencing the culture of Boulder Colorado

Sunday, November 23, 2003

(Sessions at the assembly hotel: Millennium Hotel/Boulder)
7:45 - 8:45 am

Breakfast discussion: What works in...
Jessica R. Young, Director of Environmental Studies- Western State College

This discussion, facilitated by members of the PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century, is included in each of the ten 2003 assemblies, which are designed to explore the various dimensions of a strong undergraduate learning community. In at-the-table discussions participants will identify salient characteristics of an institutional culture that will have demonstrable success in achieving the full potential of learning technologies. These discussions will be summarized and reported out during the penultimate session.

9:00 - 10:00 am

Plenary session: Imagining and planning for emerging technologies
Phillip Crompton, Principal- Vantage Technology Consulting Group

An approach to technology planning that begins with setting a vision, and enables you to make wise investments through a structured process that responds to the constant evolution of technology.

10:30 - 11:00 am

Completing and posting the agendas for action

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Real math, real science, real children, real computing
Alan Kay, President, Viewpoints Research Institute and Hewlett-Packard Fellow

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Box Lunch/Review of Agendas for Action/Closing remarks

1:00 pm

Assembly ends