|xiThe New Frontier: Homesteading in a Wilderness of Information Evan Ira Farber, Earlham College|
|1How Teachers Teach, How Students Learn Wilbert McKeachie, The University of Michigan|
Unlimited information access will have an impact on how teachers teach. But will more access help to make teachers more effective? Too often, teachers focus their attention on "covering the subject matter." Teachers talk; students listen. Does this motivate students to think about the underlying structures of the discipline that they're studying? The potential is great if teachers bridge the gap between the subject matter and what's already in student's minds -- if they consider how the content they teach will be transferable to students' lives outside the classroom.
|15How Teachers Teach, How Students Learn:
Creating Intellectual Trampolines Fred Goodman, The University of Michigan|
"Informating" as well as automating the classroom isn't at all labor saving for faculty, in fact, it makes life much more challenging. However, informating holds the potential to change the way students look at learning. Teachers and their students need to move from curricular learning to planned learning; information technology provides the means by which we can influence that change. Information technology, properly applied, holds the potential to help students not only prepare for the next test but integrate experience and subject matter.