Project Vision Component
Flashlight Project Realization
Develop similar I.T. uses for on-campus and off-campus students (and for professionals in the larger world). Most of the CSI questions are general enough for use in campus-based or distance (distributed) programs, or in studies that look at both.
Help a wider range of students (and faculty) each reach a wider range of intellectual tools and resources. The CSI has several sections of items looking at the Web, and virtually of it can be used for studies of how technology use can makes education more or less accessible.
Help students learn real world skills that are partly dependent on technology use. CSI has a section on the use of real world tools and their implications for broad patterns of teaching and learning (e.g., creative work; informal collaboration). The CSI has relatively few questions that are content or competence-specific.
Help to widen access (e.g., to students whose time on campus is limited; students with disabilities). The CSI has several sections specific to these access concerns. However, it needs to be  strengthened in the area of students with disabilities.
Increasing institutions' ability to compete for students. The CSI helps describe the successes (and problems) face by currently enrolled students; such data can sometimes be used for recruiting. We're looking for examples of instruments that can help institutions gather data from potential students.
Develop tools that can beused in ways that can improve faculty-student interaction, student-student interaction, active learning, time on task and other practices that research shows are usually correlated with improved learning outcomes. This is the heart of the Flashlight Current Student Inventory: questions about these practices and about what happens when faculty and students use technology. Learning outcomes are addressed in only a minor way by the CSI. We are planning to develop a pair of tool kits for studying outcomes for students who have completed a course of study.