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Reed Receives Grant to Improve Curricular Use of Technology

Reed Receives Grant to Improve Curricular Use of Technology

Reed College has recently received a grant of $199,000 from the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation to support a faculty peer mentor program designed to enhance teaching and learning opportunities in the arts, humanities, and social sciences through the use of computer technology.

An early adopter of instructional technology, Reed has a computing environment that has been described as being among the best in the nation. However, while nearly all Reed faculty members use computers on a daily basis for word processing and electronic communication, many faculty in "non-quantitative" disciplines such as English, classics, philosophy, religion, history, art history, political science, and economics have yet to make the transition from personal to curricular uses of technology. Reed seeks to enhance teaching and learning through technology in these departments so that they may take full advantage of the opportunities afforded by electronic resources such as the internet, the World Wide Web, multimedia software, and classroom projection facilities.

This project will support 10 to 15 faculty peer mentors whose experience in curricular uses of technology can be passed along to as many as 30 other Reed faculty members. The grant from the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation will support workshops, travel to conferences and other colleges, student assistants, invited tutorials, intensive assistance from an instructional technology specialist, and the development of a multimedia training facility.