Fall 2010President's Forum

Teaching & Technology: Instructional methods are changing

Technology touches all aspects of our lives, so it’s no surprise that technology is transforming the way professors teach and students learn. UIndy certainly is no exception to this national trend. You may be amazed to discover all of the ways students in the School of Education, as just one example, are using alternate reality games, holding conferences online, and meeting on virtual islands to learn and collaborate with classmates (see “Byte-size teaching” in Features).

Of course, each new freshman class of “digital natives”—those who grew up with the Internet—makes all of these “new” strategies seem increasingly routine. Just think: most of this year’s freshmen were born in 1992, one year after commercial use of the Internet began and just two years before the launch of Facebook, the online social community they can’t live without today.

On the subject of freshmen, I’m pleased to report that once again we have a record class of more than 800 this fall. That’s an increase of about 100 over last year’s incoming group. More and more students—from more than 20 states and 60 countries around the world—are discovering the value of a UIndy education. As alumni, you already know that.

Happy reading! I’ll look forward to seeing you at Homecoming on October 9!

Beverley Pitts, President

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