Analysis of Learning Environment
In order to pinpoint potential inadequacies in the course so
plans can be developed to address them, let us look at the following inventory.
Most faculty are keenly aware of limitations in their learning environment,
so this initial stage may be less important than subsequent stages. New faculty
or faculty teaching this course may benefit from studying some of the following
- experience with course content -existing instructor teaches at local middle
School full time and has taught course at FV only one semester.
- preferred teaching methods -existing instructor utilizes journaling and
demonstration of software, weekly assignments, electronic portfolio
- grading policies follow established SLCC guidelines
- info taken from existing course syllabi- (see appendix 3)
- Instructional Designer will in this case also be instructor.
- Organizational/campus/departmental - Department of Social Sciences
- Dean/chair/faculty endorse total redesign based on ISTE standards
- Mandate from Commissioner Bartman of the Missouri Department of Elementary
and Secondary Education-Division of Urban and Teacher Education
- guidelines -ISTE standards (see appendix 2)
- Classroom is equipped with 20 Pentium 3 PC's with sound cards and multimedia
capabilities/software plus Microsoft Office suite.. Instructor station the
same, though connected to Data Projector suspended in ceiling. 2 G4 Powermacs
with peripheral scanners and multimedia software also in room.
- Physical characteristics of room- adequate space and lighting for student
workstations. Lab is in the same building where all other courses in major
program are taught, so some student familiarity with room is expected.
- Course taught in evening session, 3:45-6:15 PM Thursdays
- Instructional Designer will produce the materials for course- online information,
quizzes, and hands on activities.
- Currently foundational to other departmental offerings
- Currently optional will move to required by Fall 2001
- No prerequisites - will become prerequisite for other courses by Fall 2001
- Current course description: EDU 102 - Computers in Education: This course
introduces the student to the many uses of microcomputers in educaiton.
Topics include introduction to computer technology, software selection, developing
computer skills in children, and using computers as a teaching tool.
Applications for word processing, database, and Power Point are covered, as
well as how to construct a web site.
- Textbook: Roblyer, Edwards and Havriluk, Integrating Educational Technology
into Teaching, Columbus, OH: Merrill, 1997, 363pp,
- Material of this types dates itself quickly- recommend moving to web based
- Currently uses no existing web resources
- Currently uses no other existing human resources or guest speakers
- computers and software available to create new materials for faculty and
- production services provided on campus
- servers available to store and disseminate materials
- Email accounts available for faculty
- Extensive training and staff development opportunities on campus
- equipment and projectors to support classroom presentations
- computer lab in department - 20 Pentium 3 based machines with sound cards
and multimedia capability for student, similar set up for instructor-
- physical size and layout of classrooms - 20 P3 multimedia capable computers,
Teacher workstation and 2 G4 Mac production machines with peripherals
- numbers of students in classes -20
- time available to teach classes -2.5 hours weekly