The School of Education
The State University of New York at New Paltz

NOVEMBER 20-22, 1996 Mohonk Mountain House

Instructional Technology, Pedagogy and the Curriculum:
Rethinking the Teaching and Learning Process

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Steven Gilbert, Director, AAHE Technology Projects

Instructional technology has been integrated into the curriculum at many colleges and universities, creating new interactive learning environments. It is heralded by many as a panacea for educational ills and a vital component of the postsecondary curriculum, but critiqued by others as simply an "add-on" or a subverter of the traditional values of the core curriculum. Regardless of the political and ideological divide among some faculty and administrators on this issue, instructional technology now plays an inevitable role in educating students at the postsecondary level. However, the question of how to use the technology most effectively and in what instructional mode and with what course content and pedagogy are areas that require more analysis and discussion. Related issues include how to use technology to restructure and design courses and to evaluate and assess learning. The most critical questions involve how technology will change the teaching and learning process, the creation of knowledge, and perhaps the very structure of higher education, creating the virtual university, the university without walls.

This conference is designed to explore the broad and complex issues underlying the interaction of technology, pedagogy, curriculum, and learning, and to stimulate dialogue across disciplines and institutional roles and agendas. The Program Committee invites proposals for paper presentations, workshops, demonstrations, and roundtables on the suggested topics and issues:

  • Technology and Global Education
  • Designing Courses in Distance Education & Evaluating and Assessing Learning
  • Faculty Development Projects
  • Technology, Social Identity and Values
  • Management and Union Views of Technology: Collective Antagonism or Bargaining?
  • Changes in Research Paradigms and Pedagogies
  • Social Constructivism and Technology
  • Technology, Equity, Access, and the Law
  • Technology, Learning Productivity, Educational Objectives and Assessment
  • Using the Internet, WWW, and Software in Course Design and Classroom Teaching
  • Creating Distributed/Interactive Learning Environments
  • Applying and Evaluating Multimedia/Hypermedia Systems
  • Curriculum, Pedagogy and Instruction
  • Teaching Writing and Rhetoric Using E-Mail and MOOs
  • Technology and the Construction of Disciplinary Knowledge
  • Authoring and Knowledge-Structuring Tools
  • Computer-Mediated Conferencing/Communication
  • Institutional Policy, Intellectual Property and Legal Issues
  • The Virtual University and the Curriculum
  • Technology and the Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Curricula and Applying Technology Across Disciplines
  • Postmodernist Interpretations of Technology/Electronic Texts
  • Assessment, Evaluation and Research Uses of Informational Technology
  • Collaborative Learning Models and Technology
  • Cognition and the Digital Culture

Abstracts should be 250-300 words, typed and single-spaced and include the title and format, name(s) of presenter(s), academic title, department, institution, telephone and fax number, and e-mail address. Proposals must be postmarked or received by fax no later than JULY 16TH and sent to:

The Program Committee
Postsecondary Conference
Humanities 110
SUNY at New Paltz
New Paltz NY 12561
Fax: 914-257-2799
Tel: 914-257-3590
or e-mail at

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