March 24, 2010
Banquet Hall South, Campion Student Center
Watch Video of the Technology Workshop.
In Lucia Knoles' excellent reflection on the value of teaching with technology, Nobody Likes a Tourist (And Who Wants to be a Tour Guide?), she uses a travel metaphor to underline her thesis: “The person on a guided tour sits back in comfort and listens to what someone else knows. The explorer, by dint of hard work, earns an intimate and lasting knowledge of the landscape. And this is why I teach with technology. Traditional modes of teaching and learning can too easily slip into a form of tourism. . . . By using technology, however, as teachers we can introduce students to the truly adventurous nature of academic life and allow them to experience the challenges and joys of genuine inquiry.” In this workshop, we will demonstrate and discuss a few websites that give students the tools to become active explorers of knowledge rather than passive tourists. This page provides a few more examples of creative websites that draw upon the advantages of digital technology to provide contexts for knowledge that were not previously accessible to students, to offer many different pathways that students can follow to pursue knowledge, and to facilitate communication and collaboration with other learners on the road to knowledge. For convenience, the websites are arranged according to humanities discipline (though many draw upon several disciplines) and briefly described, followed by Gateway sites that faculty can use to find links to other sites in the discipline. Two useful multidisciplinary Gateway sites are the Digital Librarian and the Voice of the Shuttle. Please note that all links included here are designed to open in a new window or tab of your browser so they can be explored without losing this main page; these should be closed periodically to avoid browser clutter.