The Technology Education 496 Graduate Seminar is an interdisciplinary course taught by Dr. David McCrory which offers students an opportunity to learn about current research and applications directly related to technology, society, and education. At each session, one or more specialists in various fields provide a professional yet personal perspective on some technological development or area, and then are available to answer questions from the assembly. All Technology Education students and those with interests in technology are invited to participate in any session. Seminar sessions run from 12:30-1:50 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays and occur at Tatterson House (the Tech Ed Research Projects Center) or other locales as noted.
On Tuesday August 24 at Tatterson House, Dr. David McCrory, Chairperson of the Advanced Educational Studies Department and instructor for the course, will introduce the Fall 1999 course and provide an overview of its educational objectives.
On Tuesday September 7 at Tatterson House, Drs. George Maughan and Edward Pytlik of the Technology Education Program will present on "Policies and Procedures of the M.A. and Ed.D. Programs of Study." This session is particularly useful for new Technology Education students, since it provides information crucial to the development of the rest of their course of study.
On Tuesday September 21 at Tatterson House, Dr. Gregory Good, Associate Professor in the WVU History Department, will speak on "Geoscientists and the Environmental Crisis ca. 1970." Dr. Good, a specialist in environmental history and the history of science, will discuss "reactions of geologists, oceanographers, atmospheric scientists and their ilk to environmental problems starting in the 60s." As Dr. Good points out: "While most commentators reflect on the origins of the environmental movement in this time period, they tend to focus on environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club and EarthFirst! It is important that the point be made clearly that scientists were also alarmed about environmental problems and that they acted very early and effectively to produce some of the changes in government policy that are now taken for granted. Their reactions and decisions were based partly on scientific expertise and partly on other aspects of their backgrounds -- social, cultural, political."
On Tuesday October 5 in Room 404-D Allen Hall, Dr. John G. Wells, Associate Professor in the WVU Technology Education program, will speak on "The TEBC (Technology Education Biotechnology Curriculum) Project: Past, Present, Future." As Dr. Wells points out, the "presentation will cover the development of curriculum materials that address biotechnology content for delivery by Technology Education teachers at the K-12 level. Topics covered will include the rationale and background, biotechnology Knowledge Areas and Subdivisions, ProbScen learning objectives, and classroom activities in the Technology Education Biotechnology Curriculum (TEBC), including instructional strategies and collaborative methods employed."
On Tuesday October 19 at Tatterson House, Dr. David McCrory, Chair of the Advanced Educational Studies Department, will speak on "How to Plan and Conduct Workshops and Training Sessions." Dr. McCrory will draw from his rich background in educational training to outline the core elements of a successful workshop.
On Tuesday November 2 at Tatterson House, Dr. Thomas Wrenn, Director of the Envision Development Group, Inc., will speak on"The Changing Technology Needs of Consulting Organizations." His talk will focus on how, in recent years, the demand for computer, Web, and network based technologies providing organizational training is growing among Fortune 500 corporate clients. EDG and the Continuous Learning Group are very active in the area of corporate training and its reliance on leading edge technologies. For more information, see www.clg-online.com/
On Tuesday November 16 at Room 127C, NRCCE Bldg., Dr. Shahab Mohaghegh, Associate Professor, Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering, will speak on "Virtual Classroom: An Internet-Based Course Development and Delivery Toolbox." Virtual Classroom is a sophisticated, three-tier electronic course development and delivery environment that allows faculty members to develop interactive web-based courses over the Internet. Using this tool requires no specific software skills beyond using a web browser. This is a feature-rich toolbox that allows online test generation and grading (with partial credits and comments to students) and many other innovative tools. For more information, see http://vclass.pe.wvu.edu/
On Tuesday November 30at 701-A Allen Hall, Dr. Michael Yura, Director of the WVU Forensic Identification Program (a new interdisciplinary program), will speak on "Technology and Law Enforcement." His talk will focus on a variety of technological applications currently being used in the field of forensics, including AFIS (Automated Fingerprint ID Systems), Facial Recognition, and other biometric technologies. This talk will introduce us to such technical advances in identification systems and their implications for society-at-large.
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