Earlier this spring Dr. Corinne Grimes, Director of the Learning Center, Alan McKendree, Systems Administrator, and Peter Hancock, Media Center, and I began meeting regularly to discuss technology in the School of Nursing–where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’d like to the School to be. This Technology in Nursing blog was born out of our initial meetings.
I started thinking about my own experience with technology in education…back to my high school algebra class with the overhead projector and wax pencils (what I thought was high-tech in 1966); my high school analytic geometry class final exam requirement to solve problems using Fortran; my first Texas Instruments graphing calculator; key punching data for my graduate advanced statistics class and my master’s thesis; my first computer with a whopping 64K memory and 2 floppy drives.
I also think nostalgically about my organic chemistry class…sitting in an auditorium with 200+ other students while Dr. Koch wrote equations on the black board with his right hand and erased with his left. (I drove in a hurricane to get to the first class, sat in that auditorium soaked to the bone. But that’s another story!) Where was Lecture Capture when I needed it?
And research! In the dark ages of technology, we had to physically go to the library with note pads (or index cards) in hand (we didn’t have backpacks), browse the card catalog or the Index of Periodical Literature and take notes. What a godsend when photocopiers were installed in our libraries!
Now, all the math and statistics we did on paper with pencil (or key punch) can be done on our personal computers. We can have virtual chemistry/biology/physics labs on our personal computers and personal devices. Because of the internet, we can easily retrieve and disseminate information across thousands of miles.
And all these changes in technology mean that the art and science of teaching has evolved and will continue to evolve. Corinne, Alan, Peter, and I hope you will find the information here helpful. And we hope you will contribute to the discussion of all things digital at the School of Nursing.
Margaret Hill, MA, MDiv, Assistant Dean for Administration (and self-described geek)