The Epiphany Project
Session Notes: From the Epiphany Institute to Institutional
(Electronic Communication Across the Curriculum)----------

Donna Reiss <>
Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, Virginia

A discussion of ways we can extend the Epiphany Institute model by addressing the questions:

  • How can we share our experiences with colleagues in a wide range of disciplines?
  • How can we initiate as well as support curricular changes that use computer-supported instruction effectively?

The seven of us--librarians, teachers, and an educational consultant--who participated in this session began by identifying our concerns at our own institutions and reporting on them. We then noted some patterns among our various schools and situations and brainstormed about ways to address these concerns.

Individual Concerns:

(1) We have several campus-based committees (& a TLTR!) That don't seem connect with teaching faculty.
But our new Center fr Teaching and Learning brings together technology people and librarians to asit faculty into developing technologies--everything from email to complex multimedia. It's a wonderful resource for people who know about it--I'm wondering how to get our associate (part-time) faculty involved...time and $ constraints seem an insoluble problem sometimes. But our new center at least provides a center for discussion of teaching first, rather than technology first.
(2) 2 year old TLTR which is primarily composed of faculty, deans, and computer folks. We meet monthly, and over the 3 academic years, have created several subgroups.
These subgroups have included topics such as: distance education, changing the culture, etc. The faculty membership spans all schools and colleges and all 3 major Temple campuses. This year the Academic Policies Subcommittee is working with each school and college technology committee in writing, revising, evaluating cross-campus, cross-university threads in/for information/educational technology planning. The outcome of these planning efforts will be used by the Provost and VP for Acad. Computing to guide overall planning. For me, this means peer to peer planning, ground-up and top down collaboration.
(3) Information Technology Committee
-computer services director
-instructional media center director
-media and marketing director
-2 teaching faculty -psychology -information systems
-associate dean
- strategic planning for campus for technology
(4) Committees
-strategic planning with faculty from CIS, business, library
-administration: admissions, adult degree, business office
-staff: network mgr., systems, student life
-Academic technology: faculty members only incl cis, bus, phil, hist, science, social science
-Power uses group: staff from all areas; technological expertise There is some overlap on all committees. There are gaps!
(5) We have a newly formed TLTR and are exploring ways to bring faculty together to witness, an/or develop technology in action ...
-Discipline discussions
-formal demos
-campus discussions
-developing a sense of awareness of campus direction with technology
-using library research to reach out to disciplines
(6) Suggested Resources:
National Educational Laboratories <>:
connect with the lab in your region and see what is happening
Regional Educational Technology Consortiums <>:
integrating technology into teacher education
Technology Literacy Challenge Fund <>:
U.S. Dept. Of Ed. Partner with k-12

Common Concerns:
How do we ...

  1. Involve more faculty?
  2. Involve a wider range of disciplines?
  3. Get faculty together--interdepartmentally? Departmentally? Technology as draw? the Teaching effectiveness as the draw?
  4. (Re)activate WAC and extend Epiphany through a writing program?

Suggested Actions:

Hold Informal Gatherings ...
in a computer facility to introduce teachers to the technology in a nonthreatening way (bring cookies)
Personally Invite Individual Resistant Faculty ...
to collaborate on projects that will benefit from their areas of expertise
Send Personal Invitations ...
to faculty who might be interested but not necessarily willing or able to initiate a first step.
Develop a Core of Faculty & Librarians ...
willing to offer informal presentations and workshops on topics likely to be of interest, for example, new research resources through the Internet (general and discipline-specific).
Send Resource Materials to Colleagues ...
including printed copies of e-mail or listserv postings that might appeal to their professional or personal interests -Invite administrators to a class to observe or participate.
Form Community Partnerships ...
for example, k-12 schools; other colleges and universities; businesses that use technology and expect our graduates to be knowledgeable as a result of their use of technology in their classes.
Emphasize Instruction ...
by hosting or organizing brown-bag lunches, afternoon coffees, and more formal presentations on tips for energizing instruction, including use of computer-supported writing and research among the other tips.
Emphasize Research ...
by sending colleagues printed copies of Web information likely to interest them along with an offer to send more information or to show them how to access the site: a weather Web site to a geology or geography teacher; an online journal article to an economist; a movie site to a film teacher; an interactive geometry site to a math teacher.
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