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CORE CLASSES TO GO ONLINE WITH BOISE STATE PROGRAM

Today�s students are more high tech than ever before. With just a click of a button, they can shop online, download their favorite music and research everything from Chaucer to cloning.

Thanks to a new program beginning this spring, they�ll also soon be able to log on for at least of portion of their core classes.

CoreOnline@BoiseState is a three-year pilot project to assist faculty in integrating technology into their instruction. The program, funded by a $1.2 million Technology Incentive Grant from the Idaho State Board of Education, will help faculty develop online versions of core courses such as English composition or college algebra. Core courses are general studies classes required of all undergraduate students.

Three cohorts of about 30 faculty members each, working in teams, will participate in the project, beginning either this coming spring, summer or fall. At its conclusion, approximately 90 faculty members will have been trained and 30 online versions of core courses created.

The idea is to not only improve courses at the university, but also to provide flexibility for students who have increasing demands on their time. If Boise State can�t offer online alternatives, students will likely go elsewhere to get them, said Ben Hambelton, director of Boise State�s Simplot/Micron Instructional Technology Center.

"Scheduling conflicts can make it hard for them to attend a class on campus," said Hambelton, one of three principal coordinators behind the program. Other key players are Joyce Harvey-Morgan, extended studies dean, and Janet Atkinson, distance education director.

The program also provides professional development for faculty members. By organizing participants in teams, those with less experience can learn from teammates with more technological savvy. It also provides for continuity should one team member retire or go on sabbatical.

In addition to creating online versions of core course, faculty members who participate will be encouraged to incorporate technology into one or more of their other courses, building on the training and practice they received through the program.

Contact:
Ben Hambelton
Simplot/Micron Instructional Technology Center
426-1700