A couple of decades back Marshall McLuhan took note of the irrepressible human curiosity. It occurred to McLuhan that human curiosity cannot endure the containment of the flesh, so it invented automobiles then airplanes to extend our feet, telephones to extend our ears, and television to extend our eyes. The computer now extends the most characteristically human of all domains, the mind. It provides the mind with perfect, limitless memory, the perfect recollection of sounds and images, it can respond to questions, evaluate answers, gather information on its own and distribute it very extensively and inexpensively.
The World Wide Web now collects every instance of these cognitive extensions in a network of computers connecting us with each other, our students, and the rest of the world. All universities have become universities without walls in the five short years since the Web was introduced. The Web allows each of us to share the richest source of information and opinion ever dremt of, within an aetherial society of the curious, creative, and expressive. The result is a world fast becoming an encyclopedia of itself, a place where knowledge and information flies fast and free from everyone who has any to anyone with curiosity to be satisfied. There is no question that networked computers will hold together the educational institutions of the next century for the next will be the century of information. Publishing will not be controlled by those who can afford presses but by those who have access to an idea and a computer. For the first time ever anyone will be able to publish anything they have to say. It looks and smells like equality in the purest form everand it is already happening.
This particular Web site was created to recommend the intelligent and creative capacities of computer networks in the conduct of our enterprise by showing the first inventions of friends and colleagues at Bucknell. Much more such design is proceding at other universities and those curious about progress elsewhere may explore The Faculty Connection and The World Lecture Hall. But the metamorphosis has also set to at Bucknell, and for those of us as yet unsure of what the venture is, perhaps the better place to begin exploring is home. The tables below were devised to facilitate such exploration. They should be self-explanatory. Just click the course names in the tables below for a few preliminary glimpses into the likes and likelihood of education in the third millenium.
A Note to Visitors
Due to copyright considerations, WebCT courses at Bucknell may be accessed only from the Bucknell network. This precludes visitors from viewing several of the roughly 100 course websites listed below. The remainder are available to all for viewing. WebCT courses are marked.
It should come as no surprise that the engineers have moved bravely into the new world of the Web with a wide array of on-line eaching aids: syllabuses, lab reports, contests, flash-card glossaries, and slide shows only scratch the surface. Take a look at the on-line materials in these engineering courses, keeping in mind that students have access to them 7 days a week 24 hours a day and may print them out any time they please.
ENGINEERING Faculty Courses Maurice Aburdene ELEC 120 Foundations of Electrical Engineering Maurice Aburdene ELEC 245 Introduction to Digial Systems Maurice Aburdene ELEC 246 Microcontroller System Design Maurice Aburdene ELEC 327 Random Signals and Noise Maurice Aburdene ELEC 340-Digial System Design Maurice Aburdene ELEC 475 Computer Communication Networks Ralph Droms CSCI 320 Computer Architecture Ralph Droms CSCI 363 Computer Networks Ralph Droms CSCI 315 Operating Systems Design Todd Griffith CSCI 379 Intro to Artificial Intelligence Dan Hyde CSCI 204 Introduction to Computer Science II Dan Hyde CSCI 240 Computers in Society Dan Hyde CSCI 360 Compiler Design Dan Hyde CSCI 475 Senior Design Course Jeff Czernica ENGR 100 Exploring Engineering plus EE lab Rich Kozick ELEC 101 Electrical Engineering Analysis Rich Kozick ELEC 200 Electrical Engineering Fundamentals Rich Kozick ELEC 320 Linear Systems and Signal Processing Rich Kozick ELEC 327 Random Signals and Noise Rich Kozick ELEC 329 Digital Signal Processing Rich Kozick ELEC 340 Digital System Design Rich Kozick ELEC 470 Digital & Analog Communication Systems Rich Kozick ELEC 471 Random Signals and Noise S. M. Lord ELEC 222 Electronics I Tom Mathies CSCI 204 Introduction to Computer Science II Tom Mathies CSCI 311 Data Structures Antonio Miranda CSCI 204 Introduction to Computer Science II Jerry Mead CSCI 203 Intro Computer Science I Jerry Mead CSCI 208 Programming Languages Jerry Mead CSCI 310 Operating Systems Tom Rich MECH 353 Solid Mechanics Brinkley Sprunt ELEC 246 Microcontroller System Design Jonathan Stolk ENGR 240 Science of Materials
While the engineers began with a head start on the Web, it might come as a bit of a shock to learn that just as many courses in the humanities have been enriched with on-line materials as have in Engineering. At the sites linked in the humanities table you will find maps, photographs, art, links around the planet, diagrams, even a bit of music here and there.
THE HUMANITIES Faculty Courses Marianna Archambault FREN 271 French Culture Robert Beard RUSS 201 Advanced Russian Grammar Robert Beard FOUN 9910 Russia and the Internet Janice Butler FOUN 9826 Creating Social Change Glynnis Carr ENGL 090 Banned Books Glynnis Carr ENGL 209 Radical Decade: The Literature of the 60s Glynnis Carr ENGL 210 Asian American Literature Glynnic Carr ENGL 213 19th Century US Women Writers Glynnis Carr ENGL 397 Seminar in Ecofeminism Manuel Delgado SPAN 334 Dali, Lorca, and Bu˝uel Katherine Eze GRMN 101 Elementary German Fletcher & Fletcher CAPS 490 Science and Literature Gary Grant RS 144 Discovery of the Expressive Self Gary Grant THEA 256 Rituals Festivals Institutions ('guest' login) Gary Grant THEA 393 Seminar: Contemporary Performance Gary Grant THEA 259 The Rise of Realism (WebCT) Gary Grant THEA 261 Sam Shepard & American Drama (WebCT) Greta Ham LATN 101 Introduction to Latin I Elizabeth Guerrero Spanish 280 Spanish American Civilization Greta Ham LATN 102 Introduction to Latin II Greta Ham CLAS 131 Intro to Greek Civilization Greta Ham CLAS 132 Intro to Roman Civilization Greta Ham GREK 151 Herodotus Greta Ham CLAS 215 Classical Myth Greta Ham CLAS 232 The Golden Age of Athens Mary Hill WOMS 150 Introduction to Women's Studies (WebCT) Mary Hill FOUN 9921 The Many Worlds of Women (WebCT) William Johnson CLAS 215 Classical Mythology William Johnson HUMN 221 Tales of Heroes: Classical Epic W. Johnson et al. HUMN 098 Myth, Reason and Faith Eric Lofgren HUMN 098 Myth, Reason and Faith Eric Lofgren EAST 219: Meiji Lit: The Prose of Modernity Janice Mann ART 101 A Survey of Western Art Janice Mann ART 106 The Body and Visual Culture Eric Mazur FOUN 9916 Sacred Space in America Eric Mazur RELI 110 Introduction to Judaism and Christianity Eric Mazur RELI 235 Religion and Popular Culture Eric Mazur RELI 280 Religion and Constitutional Law Eric Mazur RELI 281 Religion & American Politics H. Morris-Keitel GRMN 105 Das Leben ist ein Mńrchen (WebCT) H. Morris-Keitel GRMN 127 Deutsch-Mittelstufe H. Morris-Keitel GRMN 128 Berlin gestern und heute (WebCT) H. Morris-Keitel GRMN 220 Geschńftsdeutsch (WebCT) Jean Marc Loisil FREN 301 Cours de conversation avancÚ James Orr EAST 248 International Relations in East Asia James Orr EAST 255 Modern Japanese History James Orr CAPS 406 Hiroshima: Eros of Thanatos? James Orr EAST 255 Modern Japanese History Rosalind Richards FOUN 098-50 Stainless Steals John Rickard ENGL 091 Introduction to Poetry John Rickard ENGL 280 Modern British Literature John Rickard ENGL 290 Proseminar in English John Rickard ENGL 381 Seminar in James Joyce Roberta Sims ENGL 106 Intro to Creative Writing Robert Taylor ENGL 213 Appalachian Literature Robert Taylor ENGL 309 Seminar in the Writing of Fiction Ann Tlusty FOUN 99-00 Alcohol and Civilization Elaine Williams THEA 246 Scene Design Elaine Williams FOUN 99-53 Masks and Masking
The Natural Sciences
The natural sciences may seem weakly represented but the three sites listed below are paradigmatic of what the Web can do that nothing else can. The Physics Deparatment's pages contain video demonstrations of formulae, decipherable formulae, a grafitti board where students can leave messages for everyone in the course, and on-line quizzes to check how students are absorbing the material. You must see the Physics 211 and 212 sites.
Warren Abrahamson's page for Plant Systematics is not only unusually beautiful and complete in its layout, but has a remarkable slide show of 500 botanical species with an accompanying self-quiz. Sally Nyquist also has a lovely and informationally rich web site for BI 317.
THE NATURAL SCIENCES Faculty Courses Warren Abrahamson BIOL 330 Plant Systematics Warren Abrahamson BIOL 356 Plant Animal Interaction Warren Abrahamson BIOL 415 Conservation Biology Carmen Acuna MATH 217 Statistics for the Biological Sciences Carmen Acuna MATH 216 Introduction to Statistics I Carmen Acuna MATH 303 Probability Gregory Adams MATH 201 Calculus I (WebCT) Gregory Adams MATH 212 Differential Equations (WebCT) Jeffrey Bowen FOUN 088 Game Theory Thomas Cassidy MATH 210 Sets and Combinatorics Dee Casteel CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I Charles Clapp CHEM 351 Biochemistry I Charles Clapp CHEM 352 Biochemistry II Beth Cunningham FOUN 9837 Energy and the Environment Beth Cunningham FOUN 9813 The Process of Scientific Discovery Ulrich Daepp MATH 202 Calculus II Ulrich Daepp MATH 211 Calculus III Ulrich Daepp FOUN 090 Mysteries of Mathematics Ulrich Daepp MATH 320 Introduction to Algebra Pamela Gorkin MATH 308 Introduction to Real Pamela Gorkin MATH 202 Calculus II Margaret Kastner CHEM221 Inorganic Chemistry I Carl Kirby GEOL 105 Earth, Health, and Resources Carl Kirby GEOL 205 Introduction to Geochemistry Ned Ladd ASTR 101 Introduction to Astronomy I Sally Morrison MATH 346 Modern Algebra (WebCT) Sally Nyquist BIOL 317 Teaching the Biological Sciences Sally Nyquist BIOL 323 Microanatomy Sally Nyquist FOUN 9802 Supermarket Biology Marie Pizzorno BIOL 327 Molecular Biology Marie Pizzorno BIOL 347 Virology Paul Roback Math 216 Introduction to Statistics Paul Roback Math 226 Statistics for Engineers David Schoepf PHYS 141 Secrets of the Universe Joanne Schweinsberg MATH 201 Calculus I Joanne Schweinsberg MATH 192 Topics in Calculus Tom Solomon PHYS 211 Introductory Physics I Tom Solomon PHYS 221 Classical Mechanics Timothy Strein CHEM 231 Analytical Chemistry I (WebCT) Kate Toner BIOL 120/121 Biology for Non-majors John Tonzetich, et al. BIOL 191 Foundations of Biology Tonzetich et al. BIOL 209 Human Genetics Tonzetich et al. BIOL 325 Principles of Genetics Karl Voss MATH 201 Calculus I Karl Voss MATH 211 Calculus III
The Social Sciences
The social sciences are just as active in connecting their courses with students at home as well as in the classroom. The pages here will illustrate on-line quizzes, exercises, dictionaries, discussion groups, and links throughout the world of social sciences.
THE SOCIAL SCIENCES Faculty Courses Teresa Armott ECON 257 Macroeconomic Theory Teresa Armott ECON 236 Unemployment & Poverty Robert Beard LING 105 Linguistic Analysis I Robert Beard LING 110 Linguistic Analysis II Russell Dennis FOUN 125 The Law, Courts & Public Schools Russell Dennis EDUC 250 Higher Education in the US Russell Dennis EDUC 308 Philosophy of Education Russell Dennis EDUC 370 Public School Law Russell Dennis EDUC 432 Legal Aspects of Education Duane Griffith GEOG 110 World Environmental Systems Duane Griffith GEOG 231 Weather and Climate Sue Ellen Henry SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology Tammy Hiller MGMT 336 Organizational Behavior David Jensen MGMT 160 Accounting Foundations I David Jensen MGMT 354 Tax Accounting I David Jensen MGMT 251 Intermediate Accounting John Kendrick SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology John Kendrick SOCI 211 Sociological Traditions John Kendrick SOCI 412 Women and Inequality John Kendrick CPST 448 Social Cyberspace John Kendrick FOUN 90-26 Internet Worlds Tom Kinnaman ECON 231 Environmental Economics Tom Kinnaman ECON 330 Law and Economics Janet Knoedler ECON 222 Economics and Technology Janet Knoedler ECON 331 Industrial Organization Economics Robert Kurland Management 242 Managerial Statistics Amy McCready POLS 263 History of Political Thought (WebCT) John Miller MGMT 101 Learning to Collaborate Carl Milofsky SOCI 130 Medicine and Society Carl Milofsky SOCI 212 Social Theory Carl Milofsky SOCI 215 Human Service Systems Carl Milofsky SOCI 402 Public Service & Nonprofit Organizations Amy Pagana MGMT 312 Business, Government and Society Amy Pagana MGMT 330 Human Resource Management Sajay Samuel MGMT 160 Accounting Foundations Jean Shackelford FOUN 9906 Technologies Past Present & Future Jean Shackelford ECON 103 Economic Principles & Problems Jean Shackelford ECON 221, Money and Banking Jean Shackelford ECON 326 History of Economic Thought (WebCT) Jean Shackelford ECON 328 Money and Financial Institutions Arthur Shapiro PSCH 252 Perception Paul Shrivastava MGMT 319 Management Strategy and Policy Paul Shrivastava MGMT 696 Strategic Management Emek Ušarer PS 221 International Organization Emek Ušarer IREL 310 Human Rights Emek Ušarer IREL 218 International Relations of Europe Emek Ušarer IREL 425 International Relations of Migration Amy Wolaver ECON 103 Economic Principles & Problems Amy Wolaver ECON 237 Health Politics and Policy Amy Wolaver ECON 312 Health Economics Kevin Zook EDUC 201 Educational Psychology Kevin Zook EDUC 300 Principles of Elementary Instruction
The applicability of the Web is not limited to course organization; its power and versatility can also be harnessed to a variety of materials and activities related to teaching which may be used inside or outside of class. Bob Beard's Chronology of Russian History and Marge Kastner's crystallography animations. Allan Grundstrom's very professionally done Allons en France prepares students for study abroad in France. The site provides all the information about our program in Tours a student needs. Keith Buffinton's Robotics Lab is a more general resource providing useful information to students of robotics not only at Bucknell but world-wide. Finally, Mary Beth James' Biographies of Famous Women turns a fourth-grade project into an an exciting interactive teaching tool. (There is a suggestion here for a profound intellectual resource.)
Roberta Sims' Widow's Peak Press will soon provide a publication outlet with a world-wide readership for the students of her creative writing courses. Indeed, the Web provides an immediate publication outlet for articles on their way through the normal publication channels; Dan Little has taken advantage of that and made four unpublished articles available at his Web site. Finally, ListServs and Chat Rooms have become popular ways for everyone in a course to maintain discussions 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Contact the folks at CCS if you are interested in either of these types of connectivity. At this point there would seem to be no limit on the creative capacities of the Web other than the limits on our own.
An interesting aspect of general resources is that they are accessed by people who need the information they provide world-wide. This means that if they are useful and well-executed, they could raise Bucknell's profilenot to mention that of the authorworldwide. CWIS would like to encourage Bucknell faculty to think seriously about applying their expertise by converting handouts, public domain documents, useful ideas into Web pages like On-line Dictionaries and Chronology of Russian History which anyone can access. Eventually the Web will be the mind of the world and those who establish bases of expertise in information management now will be in particularly strong positions in the future.
On-Line General Resources Faculty Applications Robert Beard Linguistic Fun Robert Beard Index of On-Line Dictionaries Robert Beard Chronology of Russian History Robert Beard On-Line Russian Reference Grammar Lynn Cazabon Do you love me? Keith Buffinton Bucknell Robotics Lab Glynnis Carr Archive of 19th Century U.S. Women's Writings Russell Dennis Issues in Pennsylvania School Law Russell Dennis Photographic History of Bucknell University Bill Duckworth The Cathedral Ralph Droms Computer Networks and the Internet (CD ROM) Gary Grant The Sam Shepard Web Site Gary Grant The Orestia Project Allan Grundstrom Allons en France 'Let's Go to France' Andrea Halpern Graduate School Advising Page Margaret Kastner X-ray Crystallography Animations Mary Beth James Biographies of Famous Women John Kendrick Social Justice College Angele Kingue Apprendre le Franšais avec internet Rich Kozick dSPACE Miniboxes Bud Hiller Bucknell Electronic Reserve System James Lu HERMES Project Dan Little On-Line Articles and Multimedia Jim Maneval Helpful Information for MATLAB Charles Ormsbee The Bucknell-Burma Connection C. Sackrey & G. Schneider The Marxist System Jean Shackelford International Association for Feminist Economics Roberta Sims Widow's Peak Press (coming soon) Patricia Wenner The Siggraph Lectures (Computer Graphics)
How to Create Your Own Web Site
If these examples set you thinking about how to establish your own Web presence, Dan Hyde has been kind enough to provide instructions on how to get started. There are various Web word processors on the market such as Allaire's Homesite and Adobe's Page Mill for Windows 95 and Macintoshes, and Microsoft's Front Page for Windows 95. Perhaps the best of them all is Macromedia's Dreamweaver. All of these products provide a WYSIWYG format very much like Microsoft Word for creating web sites and free examination copies may be downloaded from the sites linked here. The simplest application for writing a web page for most of us is the most recent version of MicroSoft Word (WinWord 97), which allows you to type up a regular document, including charts, tables, graphics, animations, movies, sounds, and then simply save that document as an HTML (web) file. Mac users can get the same service from ClarisWorks 4.1.
In addition of these resources, there are several sites put up by Jerry Mead, Tony Kapolka, Mary Beth James, Brian Hoyt and their student assistants which assist you in generating your own course calendars, on-line quizzes, web exams, glossaries, and electronic flash cards. These front-ends allow you to simply fill in the blanks and they generate the script and write all the programming necessary to get your quizzes, glossaries, and calendars on line quickly. Also, Mary Beth James has a crew ready, willing, and very capable of creating complex video and animated presentations such as those at Marge Kastner's site and the Physics 211-212 sites. If you have the Shockwave plugins, check the map exercises under the 'Geography' assignments of FN 9810 above. Here are the automated on-line application generators currently available. Take a look at how easy and intuitive it is to step into the next millennium.
Once you have your web site up, if there is any problem with it, you will need to check it for errors. The easiest way to do this is to use Netscape Navigator 3.01. To do this, drop the 'View' menu and choose 'Document Source'. You will see a copy of the HTML script your Web text editor made. If any section of the source code is blinking in bright blue, there is something wrong with the text at that point which Netscape doesn't like. If you don't understand the error, take your program to someone who knows HTML. If Netscape can't find your problem, take it to Doctor HTML. Just give him your URL and he will do a complete analysis of your HTML and tell you what is wrong and right with it.
On-Line Application Generators Samuel Cohen Calendar Creator Version 2.0 Samuel Cohen
Web Exam Jeremy Dreese
Quiz Wiz Jerry Mead Glossary Wizard Samuel Cohen Web Page Counter
The ITEC Group
Several years ago Bucknell established a program for promoting instructional technology. The Instructional Technology Enhancing the Curriculum Group include Brian Hoyt, Engineering Computing, and Charles Ormsbee, Bertrand Library, and Cindy Ray and Mary Beth James at CCS. Glenn Himes recently joined the ITEC team as an instructional technology specialist for the Humanities. This group solicits and funds summer projects and helps faculty develop innovative instructional materials. The Instructional Technology Enhancing the Curriculum program is a collaborative effort of Computer and Communication Services (CCS), Engineering Computing (EC), and Library and Information Services (LIS) for promoting and facilitating the use of computer technology in teaching and learning through providing support to faculty and leadership to the campus community. If someone wants to initiate a project, they can take their idea to any of the staff listed. Resources are pooled and projects are assigned to a staff person and their student assistants.Socrates
Bucknell's own Paul Shrivastava and his team have developed The Socrates Program for Web-shy faculty who want to use the Web for teaching but are allergic to programming, or do not have the time to create a Web site. In 30 minutes you can cut and paste your syllabus from your word processor on to the Socrates Program templates, and with a click of button have your site fully operational. In addition to what you put into the site, the Socrates Program ITSELF adds links (and maintains them) to over 1000 educational resources (book reviews, customized newspaper, research tools, investment information, graduate studies) and student interest sites (resume help, jobs and careers, living skills, entrepreneurship, fun/humor, etc.). If you want to create a site for your course hosted on the Bucknell computer, email Professor Shrivastava. If you are not at Bucknell and would like to use this service visit the Socrates homepage at <http://www.esocrates.com/> by clicking the link in the paragraph above.WebCT and Web Course in a Box
Two new developmental tool has recently appeared called WebCT and Web Course in a Box. These new faculty-web interfaces are currently being tested in a large number of Bucknell courses. Both are a powerful faculty-web interfaces that allow the instructor to simply type or scan in the material for the course. Either application then generates on-line syllabuses, glossaries, calendars, tests, bulletin boards, chat rooms and adds appropriate graphics. Direct any questions about WebCT to Charles Ormsbee. Some courses are not programed to allow visitor access.Bucknell's Webmaster
Roberta Sims currently serves as Bucknell's webmaster. Roberta has provided a new major source of on-line assistance for elementary and advanced webside development. Web Design Information includes links to various help sites, including a catalog Bucknell graphics and logos.
I hope this site proves useful and you will be contacting me soon to list your course(s). If you have a site which we have overlooked, questions about issues raised on this page, or if you just feel like using e-mail, contact Robert Beard.
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