Here are some ways to apply what you've learned ...

Professional Development
  • Familiarize Yourself with Publisher Prepared Materials (Jennifer Merlic)

Many publishers provide extensive resources which can assist you in planning for the effective use of technology.  To see what's available in your discipline and/or for your textbook, you can simply call your representative from your textbook publisher and ask to have the information sent to you or, for faster results, go to  your publisher's web site and take some time to browse.  You may be amazed at the resources that are at your fingertips!  To get you started, here are links to a few of the biggest providers.

McGraw-Hill hosts online learning centers for most of its higher education textbooks.  These sites follow the books chapter by chapter, providing students with helpful resources including the chapter objectives & summary, videos, interactive exercises, self-grading quizzes, and an interactive glossary.  There is also a secure site for instructor materials where you'll find presentation materials as well as suggested problems and exercises.  You'll find access to all of the McGraw-Hill Online Learning Centers at http://www.mhhe.com/catalogs/solutions/olc.mhtml.

Pearson Education, includes the Addison Wesley Longman, Allyn & Bacon, Prentice Hall, Pearson Custom Publishing, and Pearson Technology Group imprints, provides electronic content and textbook supplements through its Distributed Learning division.  I recommend visiting the "Technology Showcase" first, then going to "Find Your Solutions" where you'll be able to look through your own discipline for related web sites and textbook supplements.  Access to electronic supplements for all the Pearson publishing imprints is available at http://www.pearsoned.com/dl/home.htm.

An exciting international project is underway at colleges and universities to encourage faculty production and use of effective computer-based learning modules.  The MERLOT Project is a repository of such modules, organized and searchable by academic discipline, and with peer-reviews and user-reviews available for most modules.  This is a great place to browse for resources for your students, and one of the only places with a built in quality control system.  It's a work in progress, so stop back often to see the changes.  There are already thousands of modules available there and the peer review process is underway and growing rapidly.  Definitely worth checking out!


Building Campus Community
  • Design a web site for your discipline, campus club or committee

Creating a web site to support your discipline, a campus club you sponsor, or the work of a campus committee, can bring recognition, support, and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas.  Whether your web site includes a password protected discussion forum or is available to the general public, it can build community.  Be sure to find out if your campus has regulations governing public sites (this might include a helpful template) or if you can gain support for your efforts.