who until his retirement as provost was
the University's chiefacademic officer. "It
was all coming from the other side of the
organizational shop, from Moore, the
chancellor's side.... [Michael Hooker] saw
information as the new frontier ofthe new
century. In terms of specifics, the catalytic
agent was certainly Marian. She was oper-
ating in a very favorable environment. She
brought the Board ofTrustees around [with
a presentation in 1998, the year before
Hooker's death] ... She certainly brought
Whatever the new administration's
policy turns out to be, CCI defines new
possibilities. Even before CCI, more than
halfofUNC's freshmen brought computers
to campus, and 70 percent owned computers
by graduation."What we were doing was
creating a population of haves and have-nots
in our student body and creating a support
nightmare for ourselves, with students bring-
ing everything under the sun on campus:'
Moore said when the laptop requirement
was announced in 1998.
Even though most students had com-
puters, professors could not assume their
students "could bring technology to the
classroom," Moore says now. "The linchpin
of CCI is the laptop requirement. Com-
puters won't change what goes on in the
classroom. That's a very special thing. I don't
believe we'll ever see students sit in their
dorms. That's not the way people learn."
While the Faculty Information Tech-
nology Advisory Committee continues to
ponder the role of information technology,
Richardson and Bresciani, the associate vice
chancellor, agree that the faculty and students
will continue to feel their way along.
"It would be a mistake to predict where
we will be in five years," says Richardson.
"The faculty is just beginning to come up
Adds Bresciani:"I suspect that within
five years virtually all students will come
in with fairly sophisticated technical
experience. The next generation is going
to push the faculty." .\lit
STEVE ADAMS ' 71 is afreelance writer based
in Chapel Hill.
by Kevin O'Kelly ' 92 (MA)
In The Phaedrus, Plato argued more than 2,000 years ago that writing destroys memory, encouraging you to look up information that a well-exercised mind
would simply remember.
In the I 970s, parents worried that calculators were a crutch that would prevent
children from learning math.
Computers are no different; they're simply new-
they can best be used.
Fueled largely by the work and generosity of the late Chancellor Michael
Hooker ' 69 through his instructional technology awards, a number of UNC faculty
are working out ways that computer technology can genuinely enhance teaching
and learn ing.
Computer-assisted teaching works best when it relies on the unique strengths
of computers- particularly their capacity to manipulate and organize images and
to perform routine tasks quickly.
In each of the following examples, Chapel Hill faculty members were troubled
by the existing ways of teaching certain subjects. Computer technology offered
and we're still deciding how
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As far as problems go, it was rather minor. But it still bothered Donald Misch.
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