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C-Level View :: August 22, 2007

Executive View

The Promise and Challenges of Integrating Interactive Technologies into University Pedagogy
By Randy Jackson, University of Washington, Seattle

Excerpted from the Campus Technology 2007 conference proceedings for the session, "Realizing Your Smart Classroom Dream"

At the University of Washington (UW), Seattle one of the key factors driving AV purchases these days is the quest to create added value in our existing learning environments. In the past this simply meant installing data projectors, Ethernet, and AV control systems. It was largely a capital projects effort with little or no thought being put into the precise pedagogical demands that we were meeting by doing so. This was something that almost everyone wanted regardless of their personal approach to instruction and we happily met that demand. Life was easy.

Now that many of our rooms have reached a certain standard of computer-based multimedia display sophistication we are turning to pedagogical-based analyses of the roles technology plays in our classrooms....

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