Faculty have a great deal of control over their lectures, lecture notes, and slides. A coming wave of recording devices and other classroom technologies—this time wielded by the students—will test this control and force serious conversations about how we can best help students learn, what it means to own an idea, and what we mean when we talk about developing a community of learners on campus.
BiographyCharles Hannon is the Founding Chair of the department of Information Technology Leadership (ITL) at Washington & Jefferson College. ITL is an interdisciplinary program designed for liberal arts students who are interested in intersections between technology and the fields of history, sociology, psychology, communication, art, design, science and mathematics. Charles completed his Ph.D. in English at West Virginia University, and his M.A. in Modern Literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. He began using instructional technologies as a teacher of literature, writing, and American Studies at the University of Alabama and Michigan State University; he worked as an instructional technologist at Gettysburg College from 1998-2001. He is the author of several articles on American literature; and of the book, Faulkner and the Discourses of Culture (LSU Press, 2005).
A May 2007 Congressional advisory committee found that average full-time undergraduates spent between $700 and $1,000 on textbooks in 2003–2004 and that from 1987–2004, textbook prices at four-year public colleges rose 109 percent compared to a rise in the Consumer Price Index of 65 percent.