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Research,  January 16, 2007

Using Digital Images in Teaching and Learning

"Digital images have become a major element in the rapidly-evolving educational digital landscape. How is the use of these new digital formats contributing to changing practices in teaching and learning in higher education? This is one of many questions explored by Academic Commons, an online space created in 2005 to examine the relationships between new technologies and liberal education" [http://www.academiccommons.org]

"Interested in using Academic Commons to build both a knowledge base of such practices and an active online community of faculty using digital images, Wesleyan University’s Michael Roy, Director of Academic Computing Services (and one of the cofounders of Academic Commons) approached the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE) in the summer of 2005 with the outline of a project to do both.

NITLE’s Center for Educational Technology (CET), based at Middlebury College and serving liberal arts colleges in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states, invited its member institutions to join the project and to help faculty share their experiences in using digital images. Thirty-one colleges agreed to participate and were joined by Yale and Harvard Universities.

The two principal investigative instruments were an online survey and a set of followup face-to-face interviews. The project sought both to build a knowledge base on the key issues, opportunities and challenges for faculty as they began to use digital images; and to create an active online forum for participants to further share their practices, recommendations and needs."

URL: http://www.academiccommons.org/files/image-report.pdf
Posted by wrivenburgh on January 16, 2007 | Research
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