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Information Technology Within the Curriculum

In this era, information technology skills are required by students to flourish in college and upon graduation.  A list of IT skills will of necessity have to be revised on a regular basis.  What is needed at a liberal arts college is a plan which fosters an ongoing integration of IT skills within the curriculum and assures through quantitative assessment that the plan is successful.  While applications of hardware and software in various disciplines have evolved quite naturally, what is lacking at Millsaps is a comprehensive summary which assures acquisition of appropriate skills and awareness of social, ethical and human issues. For present and future success, students should be able to produce structured electronic documents;  be able to prepare technology-enhanced presentations;  be able to collaborate electronically; be able to use information technology for research and evaluation; be able to use databases to organize and manage information; be able to use spreadsheets to process and analyze information;  be able to use graphical and multimedia representation and modeling technologies;  and, be familiar with legal, ethical, privacy and security issues in information technology.

A Beginning
A number of institutions have considered the role of information technology in the curriculum of liberal arts colleges.  EDUCAUSE, HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) have useful resources for anyone interested in this subject.

Contact person:  Jimmie Purser

For a PDF of the proposal, click here.

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