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Q7: We greatly appreciate any comments or suggestions about the University's commitment to supporting information technology for teaching
 

Summary: Q7: We greatly appreciate any comments or suggestions about the University's commitment to
supporting information technology for teaching:
Q7: Color graphics are essential to students' understanding of macromolecular structure, a main area I
teach in. Mostly my options now are to make color transparencies or to make slides and carry in my own
projector. However, the transparencies are costly and time-consuming to make, and I no longer make slides
for my research work, as I now use Powerpoint. Thus what is really needed are LCD projectors and laptops
in many more classrooms. Assuming an undersupply of classrooms so equipped in the foreseeable future,
instructors might make requests ahead of time to be assigned to such a classroom.
Q7: My research grants subsidize my teaching by paying for software and hardware I need in order to
prepare and manage my classes. It would make sense for the University to cover some of these expenses.
Not knowing if this is already the case, I feel that the university should allocate funds to departments to
support at least one full time staff person who assists professors/lecturers with developing/managing course
web pages and other technologies that facilitate student learning. For example, I have often thought that the
web site I created for one of my courses (physics 128) would be more useful to the students if it had a
search engine feature and a chatroom feature, but I do not know how to implement such devices and I
cannot afford to learn on my own.
Q7: I don't think the University should fund the development of IT tools. Perhaps it should make commercial
IT tools available to faculty. But, here too, if it does so, it should create a
Q7: More consistency in the equipment that is available in classrooms, and more support staff IN the
classroom to help me when I teach.

  

Source: Akhmedov, Azer - Department of Mathematics, University of California at Santa Barbara

 

Collections: Mathematics