The Impact of IT on Instruction
- New relatively inexpensive IT form the past five years is changing
the face of instruction:
- Low cost PCs and ubiquitous web service
- Web course management systems (WebCT, Blackboard, etc.)
- Wireless computing
- "Inexpensive" LCD projectors
- Java: relatively homogeneous multiplatform computing
An Instructional Experiment
- Teach class on concurrent programming using a "new IT" style
- Emphasis of group activities in the class in lieu of lectures
The Drexel Environment
- Student access (ownership) of a personal computer required since mid-80's.
- 802.11 wireless campus-wide network since 2000.
- Campus site-licenses for basic software (e.g., Microsoft Office)
- Drexel institutional support and grant from Ramsey McCluskey Foundation
led to design and construction of a "collaborative work lab".
- My Goal in Fall 2001 was to explore what's feasible to do in this
- No extra release time available for new curricular development
or software administration
- The level of skill and experience by the students
- The limitations imposed by the commodity, non-customized nature
of the equipment and computing environment.