Part IV: Digital Resources
Institutions taking appropriate advantage of digital resources:
are wrestling with the nature of community in a world in which technologies are transforming how people interact and access information
have a comprehensive plan that shapes how digital resources are selected and incorporated into the learning environment, as a means to connect to content and as a pedagogical tool
are encouraging local adaptation of digital resources developed in other settings as an efficient and cost-effective way to move quickly into the world of information technologies
are encouraging risk-takers within the community to explore new worlds opened by information technologies.
Departments taking appropriate advantage of digital resources:
see significant opportunities for their students to gain access to primary sources of information and data, connect to colleagues around the world, and make real-world connections
are linked, intellectually and electronically, to advances in science and technology
have arrived at a common understanding on what students should learn and which digital resources facilitate that learning most productively.
Faculty taking appropriate advantage of digital resources:
see interesting opportunities to link what students learn to how students learn
recognize new possibilities to meet needs of students with different styles of learning
are becoming part of a national and international S&T community.
Spaces that accommodate the advantageous use of digital resources:
are designed to support different levels of technological sophistication
support the anywhere, anytime use of these resources
become themselves laboratories for learning, making the doing of science visible
anticipate the future with their flexibility and adaptability.
Connections to make best use of digital resources include those with:
students, understanding the level of interest, experience and expertise students bring to their undergraduate career
business and industry, bringing contemporary tools from the workplace into the learning environment
colleagues creating and using the National Science Digital Library.