Summer 2001 Technology Workshops
Note on dates: the first and last
dates listed for each event were travel days. All workshops began with
a reception/meal on the arrival date.
June 2-10: Classics Seminar & course planning sessions led by Kenny Morrell (Rhodes College) and Hal Haskell (Southwestern
This workshop/seminar was for planning Sunoikisis ICC's (inter-institutional collaborative courses) and other collaborative activities for AY 2001-02. There were 2 sessions: one for planning the Greek course at the beginning of the week, and one for planning Latin at the end of the week, with an overlapping session for general Sunoikisis business. For more information, contact Kenny Morrell at Rhodes Colleges, firstname.lastname@example.org
Latin Session| Agenda for Greek Session
for ICLAT 394 (Fall, 2001)
June 19-24: "Using Digital Video for Teaching and Learning" led by Dick House (Wabash College)
The four day workshop focused on the following areas:
- What were the viable uses for digital video in the classroom? - record or sessions and presentations - projects created by faculty to enhance course presentation - projects created by students as part of course content assignments - electronic portfolios for students
- What were the practical considerations for shooting and editing digital video?
- How could participants continue to communicate and share results of both the workshop and future projects done on home campuses?
- What avenues were available for group and individual funding of future projects?
This workshop was open to any GLCA and ACS member college faculty who was interested in exploring the possibilities for using Digital Video for teaching and learning. Faculty were strongly encouraged to team up with an instructional technologist or other IT staff person to attend this workshop. This workshop was open to those with no experience, a little, or some experience with DV formats and applications. Participants were expected to outline a proposed project in advance of the workshop. Collaborative projects (between disciplines or between institutions) were particularly desirable.
There were no fees for the workshop itself. Travel for ACS participants were funded by ACS; travel for GLCA participants were funded through the applicant's provost, dept. chair, or faculty developement office. All successful applicants were funded for on campus lodging, meals, and a small stipend to cover incidentals.
Agenda (PDF format)
June 28-July 3: "Web Site Development with Macromedia Tools
Treu (Furman University)
The 4 day workshop focused on the following Topics:
- Principles of Image Processing with Fireworks
- Design and optimize graphics for easy integration into Web pages
- Create animated images
- Construct collections of images for buttons with "rollover" effects
- Basic Web Site Construction with Dreamweaver
- Learn how sites are organized in Dreamweaver
- Build a basic site involving a small number of pages logically linked together with a simple navigation bar
- Incorporate images, lists, links and other basic HTML features using Dreamweaver
- Advanced Web Authoring with Dreamweaver
- Construct HTML tables and frames for page organization
- Use Dreamweaver templates to design and replicate page layouts
- Use Dreamweaver libraries to define Web page objects which can be easily replicated
- Use cascading style sheets (CSS) to give your site a compelling, consistent appearance
- Incorporate image maps and image rollovers
- Learn how to use Dreamweaver behaviors to create interactive features
- Web Animation's with Flash
- Create animated vector-based movies to enhance your site Project Work
This workshop was for faculty and staff who were interested in developing and maintaining course-related Web sites or to revise or upgrading existing sites to incorporate some or all of the following features:
- of medium to large size
- consistency in overall design ("look and feel")
- graphic intensive
- highly interactive
- enhanced by animated effects.
Lastly, the workshop was designed for people with a particular interest in the Macromedia Web authoring suite of tools.
Prerequisites: Participants were expected to be competent with Windows and/or Macintosh operating systems, and experienced with Web browsing. No experience in Web authoring was required.
Agenda (PDF Format)
July 11-15: "Providing Technical Support at a Small Liberal
Arts Institution" led by Pat Ramsey (Southwestern University)
Liberal arts institutions face a daunting task when it comes to providing technical support for computer users. Regardless of the size of an institution, there is a minimum level of support that must be provided. Large institutions typically have larger staffs to provide these essential services as well as more advanced support. Our challenge is to meet that minimum support level and also provide the services that our institutions require: regularly updating the website, writing that piece of documentation, or researching new, more efficient ways of performing some task. This workshop examined some ways to move from concept to reality.
A call for papers and presentations was made prior to the workshop. Various topics related to the theme of providing "Support in the small institution environment" were suggested. How does your staff (or you) support a computing environment with all the infrastructure requirements of a large university, but on a smaller scale? Our institutions have connections to the Internet, there are computing labs, there is a helpdesk, etc. But there are fewer people to staff them. How do you manage? What successes have you had?
Sessions were held from 8 to 11 each morning and from 1 to 5 each afternoon. However, the exact times varied depending on needs. A schedule was set prior to the conference. Some flexibility were built-in to accommodate last-minute changes. Ample break and social times were provided to encourage ad hoc collaboration among the participants.
July 18-22: "Providing Web Access to Database" led by Tom Whaley (Washington and Lee)
The three day workshop focused on the following agenda:
Day 1: Lecture session: Database design strategy; Introduction to database software
Lab session: Design database for participant's application; Implement prototype of database
Day 2: Lecture session: Introductory HTML with forms; Introduction to web access to database (Overview)
Lab session: Creating web pages with forms related to database
Day 3: Lecture session: Introduction to web access to database (Specific)
Lab session: Connecting web forms to prototype databases
This workshop introduced a fairly straightforward way to provide web access to databases. These databases were the result of student projects from courses or independent projects, or else faculty databases created for student use or for research purposes, or databases to be shared with colleagues at member institutions. Often such projects are created with a personal computer database system such as Microsoft Access or FileMaker Pro, but could also be developed using a more powerful system such as Oracle. Using the techniques presented in this workshop, the databases can be made available over the web, thus enabling viewing data, executing queries, and performing updates to the data. Also included in the workshop were some practical topics on database design and implementation.
July 26-30: "Effective Use of Technology in the Music Curriculum:
Part II" led by Patricia Gray (Rhodes College)
The three day workshop focused on:
A. Discussion of future consortial collaborations (e.g. visiting/travelling artists programs; webcasting performances; creating shared materials archives; inter-institutional team-teaching)
B. Overview and learning various music-teaching technologies:
- web design for class websites and student projects
- music notation
- animation construction
- digital video recording of performances
- technical aspects of creating streaming video and audio
The workshop included demonstrations of software, lab time for the creation of individual projects, and breakout session for the discussion of implementation problems. We also devoted considerable time to discussing and planning collaborative initiatives, some of which were technology-facilitated. Participants arrived Thursday afternoon and departed Sunday morning. The target audience was primarily music faculty but also included IT support staff from member institutions.
August 1-5: "ALIANCO (Modern Languages) Workshop
August 3-5: Global Partners Workshop
September 21-23: "Digital Technology and Culture Planning
Session", led by Bryan Alexander (Centenary College)
The goal of this one-and-a-half day session was to find common avenues for the collaborative and multi-disciplinary teaching of issues pertaining to Digital Technology and Culture. The work session began with introductions and presentations of possible vehicles for teaching and research:
- multi-campus collaborative courses
- web-based curricular modules
- resource portals
- collaborative hypermedia research and e-publication
- interface with the Information Fluency initiative
- emerging instructional technologies
- Software: can you add ICQ and Groove?
- p2p software: http://www.groove.net/
As common areas of interest emerged, participants divided into smaller groups to pursue specific planning possibilities. Topics included:
- digital copyright
- Web business
- interactive media
- on-line identities
- quantum computing
- virtual spaces
The second day focused on concrete plans, from drafting project proposals to pursuing specific planning possiblities. The closing morning session was a discussion of Administrative aspects, including issues of recruitment and program building.
The work session was led by Bryan Alexander, Asst. Professor of English at Centenary College of Louisiana.
Fall IT workshop
15-18: "Managing Bandwith, Streaming Audio and Video"