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.