|TALENT - Teaching And Learning With Electronic Networked Technologies|
by Hae Okimoto
Faculty are at the heart of education, for without them, who would teach and guide our students? Advances in technology now provide greater access to education via distance learning and also enhances and supplements traditional, campus based programs. The Distance Learning and Instructional Technology (DLIT) office has created TALENT, a faculty development program to help faculty apply technology in their classroom. Multiple options for faculty development are provided. For specific information on the components of TALENT, visit www.hawaii.edu/talent.
During the academic year, faculty may participate in the TALENT Faculty Development series. The three components to this series are described below. Scheduled dates and times are posted on the TALENT Web site.
The TALENT Show is a mini conference showcasing UH faculty currently engaged in online teaching. The TALENT Show is traditionally held during spring break and includes:
The TALENT Summer Institute provides an opportunity for participants to learn about WebCT, and begin the process of creating their own online course or resources for their traditional courses. The TALENT Summer Institute is an intensive hands-on environment, analogous to a computer boot camp. Faculty apply for participation via the appropriate campus academic structure.
The commitments required of faculty accepted to the TALENT Institute include:
TALENT 101 objectives:
The assignments required in TALENT 101 provide for the basis of the faculty's own course development at the Summer Institute.
In addition to all of these formalized TALENT activities, faculty can receive individualized assistance from the staff of the Digital Media Center as well as faculty support personnel within the local campus. For more information on any of these programs, contact Hae Okimoto, Manager of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology at (808) 956-3504 or visit the TALENT Web site.
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