Grossmont College Technology Plan 2007-2010.

Technology

English

Description

More and more English instructors are becoming technologically savvy. They  are currently using Smart carts, their own lap tops, and built-in computers to assist in computer based delivery modes, but more student utilized technology is needed now for classroom teaching of literature and composition courses.  In the next two years, the English Department hopes to acquire at least two computer equipped classrooms so that computer assisted instruction and learning can be accomplished in English writing courses such as English 090, 110, 120, and 124 and in literature courses as well.  Some day, every classroom needs computer access; however, we need computer-equipped classrooms now because the 090 class that uses the EWC is impacting our EWC usage and the ESL program in general.  Two classrooms represent a very needed beginning.

 

As to faculty computers, we need to upgrade older computers, software and printers.  We would like to replace some office monitors with large flat screens.

 

Curriculum Impact

The impact of computers on the writing process has been recognized throughout the educational world and is slowly becoming the preferred method of instruction for the 21st century. Here at Grossmont College, the reading classes currently engage computers in the learning process. Therefore, computers must also be utilized in the writing classroom to better prepare the student for further higher education and/or the workplace. Many publishers such as Prentice Hall and Houghton Mifflin are selling packages of textbooks and CD Roms for use in computer based classrooms; consequently, we are falling behind in educational technology by not being able to provide computer-assisted classrooms to our students.  See the 1997-2015 Master Plan for the general overview of curriculum impact.

 

A computerized classroom is needed now because the need for English 090, a course that requires at least one hour of lab time dedicated to computer assisted learning, has caused the present English Writing Center to reduce its open hours to accommodate the ever growing English 090 sections.  The result of this reduction in English Writing Center open hours is that the ESL evening students can no longer access the EWC to complete their required lab hours.

 

Updated computer technology provides faculty with tools to generate instructional material and high-tech multimedia presentations; furthermore, it provides faculty with the vehicles to develop collaborative learning packages.

 

Approximate Number of Students Served

Approximately 1710 students served per semester.  Rationale: Each English composition class services 35 students per class hour per semester.  In the average week, English can schedule 23 sections in a given classroom.  At 35 students per section, 805 students will attend class in one given classroom Monday through Friday.  When two computer-equipped classrooms are in service, 1710 students per semester will be served.

 

Support Impact

For Computer Assisted Classrooms, no staffing required during the design phases. However, some consideration should be given to providing release time for a full-time faculty member to pursue designing the English Department's state-of-the-art computer-assisted classrooms. The scope of this investigation will require a feasibility study to include an examination of hardware and software requirements as well.

 

As to equipping faculty with computers, no additional staff is required other than the staff already assigned in IC.

 

Year 1 (2007-2008)

 Objective

1. Continue to pursue the establishment of Computer Assisted Classrooms: The needs are the same as outlined in 02/03 through 05/06. When the classrooms are completed a total of 35-60 computers, two laser printers, sufficient furniture, on-line hookups, and hubs will be needed. Specific numbers of needed items will be determined during the planning and design phase.

2. Update computers, monitors, external drives and printers for full time faculty offices.

3. Provide software updates for English Writing Center, purchase software and software updates for the Reading Annex, the Reading Department, ESL and ACE, and purchase new or update software needs for faculty use and for the classroom use.

4. Provide high-tech equipment and products for faculty offices and the classroom that will allow the faculty to develop hybrid and technologically assisted lectures and classes.

 

 Action to Meet Objective

1. Institute classroom conversion: A committee involved with the feasibility and design of the computer-equipped classroom will present the conception of the project to the various campus entities for approval/denial. Should the project be to the point of occupying the classrooms, the action would be to assign instructional staff, schedule classes, purchase necessary hardware and software, and place in operation.

2. Purchase computers, monitors, external drives and printers for full time faculty offices.

3. Purchase software updates for English Writing Center, purchase software and software updates for the Reading Annex and the Reading Department, and purchase new or update software needs for faculty use and for the classroom use.

4. Purchase high-tech equipment and products for faculty offices and the classroom that will allow the faculty to develop hybrid and technologically assisted lectures and classes.

 

Year 2 (2008-2009)

 Objective

1) Computer Assisted Classrooms: The needs are the same as outlined in 07/08. If the classrooms had been completed during 2007/2008, a total of 35-60 computers, two laser printers, sufficient furniture, on-line hookups, and hubs would have been needed. Specific numbers of needed items will be determined during the planning and design phase.  2) Provide two computers and printers for new full time faculty.

 

Faculty Offices: Provide the balance of computers not provided in 07/08.

 

Action to Meet Objective

1) Committee involved with the feasibility and design of the computer equipped classroom will present the conception of the project to the various campus entities for approval/denial.  Should the project be to the point of occupying the classrooms, the action would be to assign instructional staff, schedule classes, and place in operation.  2) Purchase two computers and printers for new faculty.

 

As to faculty computers, the replacements for retired English faculty will receive equipment.

 

Year 3 (2009-2010)

Objective

1) If the Computer Assisted Classrooms had been completed during 2007/2008, or 2008/2009, all corresponding equipment, furniture and accessories should now be installed.  Specific numbers of needed items will be determined during the planning and design phase.  2) Provide two computers and printers for new full time faculty as needed.

 

Faculty Offices: Provide the balance of computers not provided in 08/09.

 

Action to meet Objective

1) Should the Computer Assisted Classrooms project be to the point of occupying the classrooms, the action would be to assign instructional staff, schedule classes, and place in operation.  2) Purchase two computers, software and printers for new faculty as needed.

 


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