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6. A competent scholar with a working knowledge of:
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Build the Leadership Technology Task Force into an effective, functional unit, benefiting leadership participants, faculty, and task force members individually.
Document and reflect on the actions of the Leadership Technology Task Force and its impact on leadership participants and the leadership program.
At this stage, collaboration among members of the Task Force has been non-existent. There has been little or no response to specific requests for input. There is a great opportunity here for an injection of revitalizing energy.
- Word processor
- Email reader
- Web authoring
- News Reader
- Internet meeting
- Internet phone
- Video conferencing
- File Compression
- Other Technologies
- Other tips, tools, techniques, templates
There were three glaring omissions from this list:
- Bibliographic software
I received 33 responses to the survey. They show that a wide variety of email readers is being used, and that word processors are split mainly between Word and WordPerfect. One important thing that I learned is that I should have done a trial run on my survey to ensure it was understandable and would yield useful results.
WebCT was used successfully used in EDUC632 Issues in Education Foundations, and at the 1999 Leadership Roundtable, WebCT Forums were set up for each of the Regional Groups. This was offered as a way of allowing discussion and contact among group members without all being physically present at the same place. A WebCT administrator was appointed from each group to maintain the discussion board, chat rooms, and membership. This group could also serve as technology advisors to their group, and may provide another opportunity for Technology Task Force matters to be dealt with.
Following the failure of The Ultimate Bulletin Board software to gain acceptance among Leadership participants, the discussion board feature of WebCT was seen as a venue for the unsolicited email that some participants send to the LeadAll listserv.
Regular email is important for sharing and discussing matters of general interest in the program. Andrews University has adopted WebCT as its "courseware" technology, and this requires familiarity with using a web browser, and being able to set certain configuration options so that functions like the java-based Chat Rooms function correctly. Access to the James White Library's online databases requires the use of an authorized username and password, as well as configuring proxy settings.
Because of these technology issues, the specific requirement for computer skills is not an idle one. Both participant and support staff experience a great deal of frustration when participants are admitted into the program without basic computer skills.
Created: Sunday, August 08, 1999 1:34 PM
Last Modified: Thursday, June 6, 2002 10:03 PM