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Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council --Online Archive

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Penn State Schreyer Honors College, Cheryl Achterberg Oct 2002

Penn State Schreyer Honors College, Cheryl Achterberg

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Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College utilizes technology to enhance its key learning, assessment, communications, outreach, and operations efforts.

In terms of learning, honors students learn more than just course schedules, policies, and due dates for their annual academic plans from the SHC website. Our most important learning assist comes from our thesis website with annotated examples, faculty and student tips, and a calendar planning tool. Honors faculty are also encouraged to use ANGEL, a course management tool that allows for on-line syllabi, course chat rooms, posted readings, grading records, and various email options. Some honors courses also participate in ...


Red Rocks Community College, Amy Braziller, Chris Howell Oct 2002

Red Rocks Community College, Amy Braziller, Chris Howell

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In the spring of 2001, an Introduction to Literature course was integrated with a Western Civilization II course, creating an honors learning community taught by two full-time Red Rocks Community College instructors. Of the eighteen students enrolled, approximately half were in the honors program. The hybrid course met twice a week for 2 1⁄2 classroom hours total (the typical hours for a traditional class); other course work was completed online.
The hybrid learning community presented a wonderful opportunity to utilize technology to enhance this unusual learning environment. The strength of the community turned out to be online discussions using ...


Introducing The Video Web-Board As A Technologic Enhancement To Your Honors Course, A. Midori Albert, Katherine Bruce Oct 2002

Introducing The Video Web-Board As A Technologic Enhancement To Your Honors Course, A. Midori Albert, Katherine Bruce

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Most instructors of honors courses strive to engage students in interactive, interdisciplinary and experiential learning. Small class sizes are almost universal, and discussion format is common. While no one learning style is common to all honors students, academically talented students tend to be intuitive learners; that is, they are abstract and insightful thinkers (Clark, 2000). They look for patterns and new relationships. Technology, such as multimedia and Internet resources, has been recommended as a pedagogical tool to enhance honors and non-honors teaching (Cooley & Johnston, 2001; Hagner & Barone, 2002; Lea, Clatyon, Draude, & Barlow, 2001; King, 1997), and here we describe ways to incorporate technology into the intuitive ...


Glenville State College Presidential Scholars Program, Alison Witte, Philip Taylor Oct 2002

Glenville State College Presidential Scholars Program, Alison Witte, Philip Taylor

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Glenville State College established a new honors program in the fall of 2000. The Presidential Scholars Program (PSP) was developed to reflect the Renaissance of Shared Values, a conceptual framework of values identified to guide Glenville State College in its mission to serve the State of West Virginia. Each of these values, Civility, Freedom, Tolerance, Responsibility, Excellence, Fairness, and Integrity, is taken as a focus for one semester in a variety of class activities: readings, discussions, field trips, and finally, a relevant service project. The continual goal is that the PSP student be able to articulate a personal definition of ...


North Carolina State University, John Wall Oct 2002

North Carolina State University, John Wall

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For the past two years, the University Honors Program at NC State has co-sponsored with the College of Engineering a wireless laptop program. Incoming students in the Honors Program are offered the opportunity to purchase specially-configured and specially-priced laptop computers with wireless cards. Students then enroll in Honors seminars and other classes that meet in rooms with wireless access to the Internet. In the first year of this program, about 40 students participated. This year the number of participants has almost doubled.
The program is viewed as a pilot, with potential for expansion across the campus. NC State does not ...


The Pickup Truck Being A Scholarly Paper On The Efficiencies Effected By Modern Technology, Don Tucker Oct 2002

The Pickup Truck Being A Scholarly Paper On The Efficiencies Effected By Modern Technology, Don Tucker

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Sometime last spring, Dr. Bill bought a two-year-old pickup truck from one of his patients who is a used car dealer. Dr. Bill2 and I are hunting and fishing buddies, and the pickup seemed a good idea for towing a boat and such things. The pickup has an extended cab where my chocolate lab girl-dog can ride on our outings. I asked if the truck could be repaired with bailing wire and spit. He said one might also need a roll of duct tape since friction tape was hard to find these days. I said that I thought he’d ...


Collaborative Teaching Of English And Information Literacy In The Community College Honors Program, Nancy Tenhet, Juanita Flanders, Jeanne Wells Cook, Margaret Jane Stauble Oct 2002

Collaborative Teaching Of English And Information Literacy In The Community College Honors Program, Nancy Tenhet, Juanita Flanders, Jeanne Wells Cook, Margaret Jane Stauble

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“The honors program, in distinguishing itself from the rest of the institution, serves as a kind of laboratory within which faculty can try things they have always wanted to try but for which they could find no suitable outlet. When such efforts are demonstrated to be successful, they may well become institutionalized, thereby raising the general level of education within the college or university for all students. In this connection, the honors curriculum should serve as a prototype for educational practices that can work campus-wide in the future.” (NCHC. “Basic Characteristics of a Fully-Developed Honors Program.” National Honors Report 22 ...


Journal Of The National Collegiate Honors Council -- Volume 3, No. 2 -- Complete Issue Oct 2002

Journal Of The National Collegiate Honors Council -- Volume 3, No. 2 -- Complete Issue

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CONTENTS

Call for Papers
Submission Guidelines
Dedication (Ada Long)
Editor’s Introduction (Dail Mullins)

TECHNOLOGY IN HONORS
Technology and the NCHC, Bob Spurrier
Technology, Distance Education, and Honors, Jon A. Schlenker
The Pickup Truck, Being a Scholarly Paper on the Efficiencies Effected by Modern Technology, Don Tucker
Collaborative Teaching of English and Information Literacy in the Community College Honors Program, Nancy Tenhet, Juanita Flanders, Jeanne Wells Cook, and Margaret Jane Stauble
Introducing the Video Web-board as a Technologic Enhancement to Your Honors Course, A. Midori Albert and Katherine M. Bruce

SHORT PIECES
The Computer Based Honors Program at the University ...


Western Washington University, George Mariz Oct 2002

Western Washington University, George Mariz

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Some classes in the Honors Program at Western Washington are beginning to use instructional technology, chiefly as a result of initiatives from individual instructors. Some employ internet resources in their non-Honors university course offerings, and when they teach cognate classes for the Honors Program, they bring these innovations with them. These classes have been universally in the general education program. The geology department, which teaches a general education course for the program most years, has been the most aggressive in this regard and uses everything from readily available internet sites that have good collections of material on mineralogy and continental ...


Clemson University, Pam Mack Oct 2002

Clemson University, Pam Mack

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While the honors program at Clemson University has not developed its own technology plan, the university’s efforts have opened interesting opportunities. Most of our interdisciplinary honors seminars are taught in a smart classroom, with a computer that projects onto a screen, so Internet resources can easily be accessed. I’ve taught honors seminars there, such as one on “2001: The History of the Future,” and use the computer projection to show web pages to the class. I am particularly fond of the Oxford English Dictionary on line, to which Clemson subscribes; looking up the definition of a word that ...


Editorial Matter For Volume 3, Number 2, Ada Long, Dail Mullins, Rusty Rushton Oct 2002

Editorial Matter For Volume 3, Number 2, Ada Long, Dail Mullins, Rusty Rushton

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Editorial Policy
Contents
Call for Papers
Submission Guidelines
Dedication to Ada Long
Editor's Introduction, Ada Long
About the Authors


Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus, Joan Digby Oct 2002

Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus, Joan Digby

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At this point I think it is quite fair to say that technology is simply the machinery of our daily lives, in honors programs as in every other sphere of activity. For that reason the impact of technology on honors in particular is extremely difficult to assess. Of course, we keep our records on computers, contact students through e-mail and listservs, and utilize media of all kinds.


Wright State University, Susan Carafiello Oct 2002

Wright State University, Susan Carafiello

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Technology is indispensable to the University Honors Program (UHP) of Wright State University. Fundamentally, the UHP uses Microsoft Access to maintain a comprehensive student database that allows us to keep track of our students’ academic progress and their fulfillment of UHP requirements. We also regularly use an Honors student e-mail list (updated quarterly) to notify students of upcoming Honors events, courses, and scholarship opportunities. And we of course use our web page (http://www.wright.edu/academics/honors) to explain the program, make announcements, and provide links to scholarship information. Additionally, all of our forms and our student handbook are ...


Technology And The Nchc, Bob Spurrier Oct 2002

Technology And The Nchc, Bob Spurrier

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As an acknowledged “techno-peasant” (as my wife calls both of us), it is more than a little surprising to be thought of as a “techno-guru” (Ada Long’s terminology) within NCHC. Still, I have been around long enough to participate in a number of the technological advances that have been made by our organization.


University Of Connecticut, Trevor Tebbs Oct 2002

University Of Connecticut, Trevor Tebbs

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“In search of Arthur” is the title of an interdisciplinary field trip dedicated to the exploration of traditional – and not so traditional – sites of the legendary King Arthur in England and Wales. It took place during spring break of 2002 but was tied to a semester-long special Honors course entitled “Interpreting Arthur.” The courses were altogether rich and fascinating, affording opportunities to visit several centuries of texts from Wales, Ireland, ancient Britain, France, and modern England, while also wending our way from hill fort to cathedral to Stonehenge to castles perched upon cliff tops to Roman temples to ancient amphitheaters ...


Technology, Distance Education, And Honors, Jon A. Schlenker Oct 2002

Technology, Distance Education, And Honors, Jon A. Schlenker

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Few people would deny the advancements that have occurred in educational technology in recent decades. Scarcely a generation has passed since educators have gone from 16-mm projectors, slide projectors, overhead projectors, and opaque projectors to video players, DVD players, computers, and power-point presentations in the classroom. Indeed, for many teachers these “modern” technologies have become “traditional” and indispensable classroom features.


Florida International University, Meri-Jane Rochelson Oct 2002

Florida International University, Meri-Jane Rochelson

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Having participated in a university-wide initiative to learn and use WebCT, I began using it in my Honors classes last spring. This is my second year with the platform, and I’m finding it an excellent adjunct to classroom work. I use WebCT primarily to communicate with students and to post assignments and relevant websites. Students have sent me drafts of papers via the system, and I have sent back my comments in the same way. Of course, all of these exchanges may be done through regular e-mail and communications programs and more ordinary course websites; although I’ve been ...


The Computer Based Honors Program At The University Of Alabama, Cathy Randall Oct 2002

The Computer Based Honors Program At The University Of Alabama, Cathy Randall

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The first university-wide undergraduate research program in America was founded at the University of Alabama in 1968 with a grant from the National Science Foundation. The Computer Based Honors Program chooses 20 outstanding incoming freshmen each year and gives them an opportunity to learn how computing technology is used in their major fields of study. The Computer Based Honors program serves as a minor for students who major in any discipline. They receive an accelerated introduction to computer technology in their freshmen year. In their sophomore, junior, and senior years, they choose computer-oriented research projects being conducted by members of ...


Longwood University, Claire Black Mccoy Oct 2002

Longwood University, Claire Black Mccoy

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Honors students studying art history often find it challenging to think and work creatively– discovering formal relationships between works of art or recognizing the transmission of a style or tradition through visual analysis rather than research. Often they are most comfortable with very concrete and somewhat limited paper topics such as an analysis of a particular painting, iconic image, or the work of an artist during a discrete period.


We Think We Can, We Think We Can…, Samuel Schuman Apr 2002

We Think We Can, We Think We Can…, Samuel Schuman

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One of the most enduring story books of my childhood, along with Little Toot and The Little Train Who Thought He Could, was the tale of The Little House in the city. It is no surprise that all these are stories of little guys, surrounded by big things, but coming out OK by virtue of pluck and innate value.

Some of you perhaps remember this yarn, written in 1943 by Virginia Lee Burton (also the author of Mike Mulligan, by the way), which I propose as a kind of allegory to kick off our discussion today. The book (for those ...


Presidents’ Campaign For The Advancement Of Liberal Learning (Call), Carol Schneider Apr 2002

Presidents’ Campaign For The Advancement Of Liberal Learning (Call), Carol Schneider

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As educational leaders and presidents of colleges and universities, large and small, public and private, two-year and four-year, we call on our colleagues around the country to ensure that every college student experiences the full benefits of a twenty-first century liberal education.


That Fine Little House, Rosalie Otero Apr 2002

That Fine Little House, Rosalie Otero

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I was intrigued by Sam Schuman’s allegory about liberal arts education using Virginia Lee Burton’s story of The Little House. Sam points out that it was not the little house that changed, but its neighborhood. I would argue that not only the neighborhood changed, but what went on inside the little house. Like most people, my first house was small, and the activities that went on within our house generally centered around a young family and a new career. As the years progressed, I moved to a larger house, and the activities changed from managing teenagers to grandchildren ...


The “Little House” That Can, John Nichols Apr 2002

The “Little House” That Can, John Nichols

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Thanks to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, I have recently been given the wonderful opportunity to direct a project that brings together both regional and specialized accreditors to reflect on some of the challenges to American higher education as they busy themselves with revising their standards and processes. It seems to me that we have some grounds for being optimistic about the “little house,” as we’re calling undergraduate colleges, but there will be two or three intermediate steps in reaching that conclusion.

The first challenge, I think I’ve learned, is to be very clear about the ...


Understanding Caesar’S Ethnography: A Contextual Approach To Protohistory, Erin Osborne Martin Apr 2002

Understanding Caesar’S Ethnography: A Contextual Approach To Protohistory, Erin Osborne Martin

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The Celts of western and central Europe1 flourished during the height of Greek and Roman civilization, and yet there is a methodological schism between the study of the Mediterranean world and that of the “peripheral” Europeans. Our appreciation of classical society stems primarily from the plentiful written texts – texts that provide us with minute details of society, religion, and politics from the words of the people who actively participated in that culture. The study of the Celts, on the other hand, is more oblique: our primary source is archaeology, and what little textual evidence we do have derives from Mediterranean ...


Teaching “The Other Legacy,” Learning About Ourselves: Latin America In Honors, Celia Lopez-Chavez Apr 2002

Teaching “The Other Legacy,” Learning About Ourselves: Latin America In Honors, Celia Lopez-Chavez

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These words, written in 1968 by Paulo Freire in his book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, were current in the 1960’s and still are at the beginning of the 21st century. For Freire, the ultimate goal is that students should learn to practice freedom in the classroom and to be committed to the society in which they belong. According to Freire, values and ideas should be a topic of discussion in the classroom in order for students to reflect on how to transform or create a better society.


Liberal Education: “Learning To Learn”, Dale Knobel Apr 2002

Liberal Education: “Learning To Learn”, Dale Knobel

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When Sam Schuman and Anne Ponder recruited Chris Dahl and me to join them in developing an “Undergraduate Summit” which might bring together representatives of the major higher education associations, they billed our roles as “conversation starters.” I hope our remarks do just that, not offering fixed conclusions but sparking conversation among those who’ve joined us at the table in Chicago and among those who might become acquainted with the Summit later on. It is more than the accident of friendship that brought us together to get a larger conversation underway. Though all four of us are now leading ...


Collaborative Learning: Higher Education, Interdependence, And The Authority Of Knowledge By Kenneth Bruffee: A Critical Study, James Kelly Apr 2002

Collaborative Learning: Higher Education, Interdependence, And The Authority Of Knowledge By Kenneth Bruffee: A Critical Study, James Kelly

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In his very readable book on collaborative learning, Bruffee tells us, “[f]or a decade or more, reports on the state of American higher education have complained that many undergraduates tend to be authority-dependent, passive, irresponsible, overly competitive, and suspicious of their peers” (8). Bruffee’s hope is to help overcome these ills by arguing that “knowledge is a socially constructed, sociolinguistic entity and that learning is inherently an interdependent, sociolinguistic process” (8). While I tend to agree with this characterization of the state of higher education, I shall argue that Bruffee’s postmodern turn, according to which knowledge is ...


Design And Deception At Colonial Williamsburg, Anders Greenspan Apr 2002

Design And Deception At Colonial Williamsburg, Anders Greenspan

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The study of Colonial Williamsburg, which celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary in December 2001, is a useful means of approaching the discussion of the ways interior decoration and garden design can be used as a means to promote political ideology. While the political role of these two areas of creative expression may not be immediately apparent in a visit to Colonial Williamsburg, they played an instrumental role in the restoration of the eighteenth-century town. They were also part of the original plan of the restoration’s founders to promote in twentieth-century Americans a strong national pride and love of country. At ...


Editorial Matter For Volume 3, Number 1, Ada Long, Dail Mullins, Rusty Rushton Apr 2002

Editorial Matter For Volume 3, Number 1, Ada Long, Dail Mullins, Rusty Rushton

Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council --Online Archive

Editorial Policy
Contents
Call for Papers
Submission Guidelines
Dedication
Editor's Introduction, Ada Long
About the Authors


Creating A Common Voice For Liberal Arts Education, Charles F. Blaich, Mauri Ditzler Apr 2002

Creating A Common Voice For Liberal Arts Education, Charles F. Blaich, Mauri Ditzler

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As Sam Schuman so eloquently argues in his lead article, these are challenging times for the liberal arts. A society that owes so much to graduates of liberal arts colleges has come to see them as an education for a simpler time.
Why does a liberal arts education now seem out of place? Perhaps it is that, in times of rapid change, an education that offers the certainty of “textbook solutions” is more comforting than one that promises creative, thoughtful, and flexible “improvisation” in the face of a complex world. It may be that a narrowly focused, carefully applied education ...