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Broadening the Dialogue: UW-Stout's Diversity Connections Program uses Technology to Expand Students' Experiences
by Jennifer Smith

Discussion of distance education abounds in today's academic world. But how about "closing-the-distance" education? Two innovative, enthusiastic professors from UW-Stout have found a way to bring students together, increase diversity, and expand the academic dialogue through their new Diversity Connections Project. As co-directors, Dr. Brian Fitch and Dr. Alec Kirby not only share their subject areas with their students, but connect them with peers at other colleges in the U.S. through two-way video and the Internet. In this way, UW-Stout students are able to learn with their peers at colleges demographically and culturally different from their own. (June 2000)

Lessons from Corporations Past: Madison History Professor Develops Database of 19th-C. Corporate Charters
by Jennifer Smith

Business and technology historians, legal scholars, and history buffs will be excited to learn about a new website created by UW-Madison history professor Colleen Dunlavy. Dr. Dunlavy, who specializes in business history, has created a "Business and Technology" website that includes as its main component a database of nineteenth century corporate charters. Analyzing these charters reveals interesting discoveries about the history of corporations in the U.S. and Europe -- and provokes questions about how corporations operate today. (June 2000)

Expanding the Graduate Seminar through Compressed Video: Linking Students and Scholars
Article by Jennifer Smith

Much talk about educational technology has focused on its uses in revamping undergraduate courses and in asynchronous distance education. What role can it play in advanced courses for on-site graduate students, particularly in the social sciences and humanities? With UW-Madison professors Rudy Koshar (History) and Leigh Payne (Political Science) as examples, this article explores how limited use of technology can do much to broaden the research circle of graduate students pursuing specialized topics.

The University of Wisconsin Student History Network
Collaborative Effort:  UW Professors Statewide

During the summer of 1996 fifteen UW System historians began to craft a series of Web pages and email lists for their students in U.S. history and world history courses. Participating historians came from a dozen campuses across the state. Their goal is to foster an exciting learning process via cyberspace that supplements current classroom activities--that is, to create an innovative, active form of distance learning. Each of the menu choices below is designed to take students through a self-paced learning project as well as to help stimulate discussion on our statewide, student-centered email listserv.

The American Experience in Vietnam
Professor Mark Bradley
Department of History, UW-Milwaukee

ABSTRACT (no feature article available)
For his class entitled "The American Experience in Vietnam," Professor Bradley has created a Web page with information about aspects of the Vietnam War. He has also established email reflectors for each of six discussion sections. Small groups within each section take turns being responsible for pre-class discussion with the goal of enhancing in-class discussion. A second set of nine reflectors will be organized by historical characters, such as MacNamara, Westmoreland, etc. Initially students all playing the same character will confer, basing their discussion on documents given to President Johnson at the time. Later they will play their own character alone in a group of other characters. Professor Bradley's course home page is located at http://www.uwm.edu/People/mbradley/VtnWarHomePage.html     You can reach Professor Bradley at mbradley@csd.uwm.edu

American History 102:  One of the Most Popular Televised Lectures
Professor Stanley Schultz
Department of History, UW-Madison

ABSTRACT (no feature article available)
Professor Schultz's class "American History 102: Civil War to the Present" has been used almost every semester on videotape for the past five years. With heavy use of graphics and live documentary video clips, the course is considered much more interesting than a "talking head" lecture. It has been broadcast, cablecast, and placed in different campus libraries on videotape and has been designated a pilot project in using different technologies for course delivery by the College of Letters and Science. During the past two years, course notes, information, quizzes, and related links have been provided on a frequently-updated Web page. The Web sit is located at
http://hum.lss.wisc.edu/hist102     You can reach Professor Schultz at skschult@facstaff.wisc.edu

The Teaching with Technology Today project consists of a web-based NEWSLETTER and WISLRNTEC, a companion listserv where members discuss technology, pedagogy, and student learning. TTT was instigated by the UW Learning Technology Development Council; it receives significant support from UW-Extension's Division of Continuing Education.