Goals and General Description

Making Creative Use of Emerging Technologies to Enhance Student Learning
The 2003 PKAL Assemblies
What Works - What Matters - What Lasts: The Roles and Responsibilities of Leaders in Undergraduate STEM

November 21 - 23, 2003


"Technology used well and technology used consistently has the power to help us achieve long-standing goals of undergraduate education. If can enrich, unify, and integrate the undergraduate experience and bridge the boundaries between the undergraduate years and those that precede and follow them.

Realizing the transformational potential of technology requires four things:

  • a clear vision and strong leadership with well articulated goals at the national, institutional, and departmental levels
  • new educational materials and resources
  • faculty professional development
  • technology itself-- hardware, software, and networks."

The PKAL 2003 Assembly at the University of Colorado at Boulder will give attention to those 'four things,' as outlined in an essay by Frank Wattenberg, U.S. Military Academy at West Point (Information Technology in the Service of Student Learning, Page 39) and presented at the 2001 PKAL Roundtable on the Future.

With a specific focus on introductory courses, participants will explore how to set goals for the use of technology in lower level STEM courses and how to measure the impact of the use of technologies on student learning. Sessions will also present new educational materials and resources, and suggest approaches to building faculty expertise in the use of information technologies.