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The Scholarly Use of Technology in Instruction:

Learning from 3 Case Studies

Sally Kuhlenschmidt
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY 42101


Linked below are 3 parts of a case study concerning the scholarly use of technology in instruction.

The incidents described are based on personal experiences but the individuals are fictional. In the cases I describe the experiences of

These three struggle with how to behave in a scholarly fashion toward various technological tools and present some pitfalls and triumphs of instruction with technology.

I have chosen a case studies approach because successful generalization of scholarly behavior into daily on-line life requires diagnostic and integration skills, best conveyed through deep reflection. Case studies support that kind of long term thought.

The conceptual organization of the cases derives from:

Each section of the case was constructed primarily to illustrate two of the 6 standards proposed by Glassick, Huber, & Maeroff (1997).

Key Questions
1. Clear goals Are they clear, realistic, achievable and important? "Students will be able to critically evaluate Web sites after completing this course."
2. Adequate preparation Does the scholar understand the existing scholarship, have the necessary skills, pull together the necessary resources? The instructor has reviewed material on critical evaluation of Web sites, has attended workshops to learn to effectively use search engines and has prepared in advance resource materials for students
3. Appropriate methods Do they fit the goals, are they applied effectively and modified when circumstances change? The instructor has students compare and contrast two web sites on the same topic, a peer reviewed Electronic journal and a popular media journal.
4. Significant results Are the goals achieved and is it a consequential addition, opening up further areas for exploration? The instructor evaluates the assignment by using the Muddiest Question task and ratings in a MOO (students are anonymous).
5. Effective presentation Are style and organization suitable and forums for communication appropriate? Is the message clear and possessing of integrity? The actual assignment pages are well presented, easy to access and are not changed once the term begins. (Addenda are highlighted at the top of the page). The instructor also prepares an article for the campus teaching newsletter.
6. Reflective critique Does the scholar critically evaluate the work using appropriate breadth and is the evaluation used to improve future work? The instructor solicits independent review of the Muddiest Question task and uses this plus student responses to modify the assignment and the newsletter article.

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