Academic journal article Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council

Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus

Academic journal article Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council

Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus

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At this point I think it is quite fair to say that technology is simply the machinery of our daily lives, in honors programs as in every other sphere of activity. For that reason the impact of technology on honors in particular is extremely difficult to assess. Of course, we keep our records on computers, contact students through e-mail and listservs, and utilize media of all kinds.

For a while--a short while--I attempted to use WebCT to keep track of my class assignments and generate threaded discussions with my students. In the end I simply quit because the tedium of setting up all the records and inventing reasons to continue class on a twenty-four hour basis wore me out. I could never find that threaded discussions were any more useful than our class discussions. They were certainly not any deeper, and they chewed up too much time.

Both my time and student time could be much better spent going deeper into texts. Oddly enough, I have found the Internet particularly useful in that regard. I can expand reading lists at no additional book costs by assigning works that are on line. Some works are linked to a vast network of web sites that lead the students on great adventures into culture, geography, philosophy, bibliography, etc. It is not easy to make freshmen feel right at home in the world of Ishtar and Gilgamesh. But finding ancient Mesopotamian artifacts, examples of cuneiform tablets, and virtual trips around Uruk on line makes the text tangible and real. (All too tangible when they happen on Uruk, the exotic dancer!) You would think that students living 25 miles from the Metropolitan Museum would want to visit the Near East Collection and see artifacts at first hand. But the truth is that they love these Internet searches and feel more like archeologists handing in their own treasure "finds. …

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