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Carrie’s lack of an efficient way to manage and assess online discussions caused her to abandon their use.

Technology training

Of all the participants in this study, Carrie had received the most consistent training in technology over her 10-year teaching career. Because her graduate school was in a sparsely-populated region, outreach through online teaching was an important focus of the institution, as was off-campus teaching. The instructors were introduced to the WebCT program in formal classes at the beginning, followed by frequent, less formal updates.

We have an in-house trainer at the graduate college. She’s certified in WebCT and Vista, and a couple of people on faculty are as well. Whenever a new version comes out, we’re trained on that new version. We have on our WebCT site various downloads that we might need or software that we might need for our classes, like Flash, Shockwave, and other things.

In addition to the formal training sessions, Carrie described other ways that teaching online was supported. The first was a monetary reward. “When we develop a course online, we have a review committee that reviews the course. Once it passes that, then we’re paid a $3,000 stipend.” The second type of support was a users’ group made up of colleagues in her department:

We have what’s called a users’ group [sic] comprised of people who have online courses. The users’ group meets once a month, and it’s been doing that now probably for the last eight, nine years. While we’re working in that environment setting up our classes, if we need something, we just call Fran, 643-1091. I know it by heart! She’s always at our disposal. She made materials available both in print and online.

Attitude toward technology

Despite Carrie’s years of experience teaching online, recently she decided to forego teaching online in favor of hybrid or face-to-face courses. She cited the turning point as the moment WebCT changed its name to Vista, and the whole look and feel of the software changed significantly. She became frustrated with keeping up with the frequent changes which disrupted the automaticity she had acquired with using the earlier program.

Miller, the late adopter

Miller had taught at the graduate level and served a few years in an administrative role during her 12-year tenure at a state university in the northeast. Although she had used the Day textbook before, at that time the online version of the course did not exist. Miller claimed that before adopting the Online Day, she probably did less with technology in teaching than most of her colleagues. Instead, she provided photocopied course packs for the students rather than posting articles online.

It’s not that I really had disdain for it, but by the time I got to the point where I really wanted to use technology, I was involved in too many administrative duties. I am a person who does a lot of hands-on activities, so it’s not real natural for me to integrate technology in a big way with my classes.

She taught the theories course with the Online Day materials using a hybrid format. After the first few face-to-face meetings, the class met only every other week in person.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
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What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
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what school?
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anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
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Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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