Distance Educator to Speak on Managing New Technologies
A lecture on planning and managing new technologies for teaching
will be held on Tuesday, March 14, in the Konover Auditorium
at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The speaker, Tony Bates, director of distance education and
technology, continuing studies, at the University of British
Columbia, will argue that implementing new technology in education
requires more than simply buying new computers and establishing
a web site; to be successful, the use of technology demands
major changes in education and organizational culture.
He will discuss essential strategies for managing change to
ensure successful use of technology, how to win staff support
for teaching with technology, effective procedures for funding
new technology-based systems, and monitoring educational effectiveness.
Bates, who has 30 years of experience in using technology in
education, is the author of six books, including Technology,
Open Learning and Distance Education. His new book, Managing
Technological Change: Strategies for College and University
Leaders, was published this year by Jossey-Bass Publishers.
He has extensive experience consulting in 30 countries and for
several U.S. state higher education commissions.
For more information, call Keith Barker at (860) 486-2686.
Volunteers Needed to Host Middle School Science Program
Volunteers are needed on Thursday, March 16, to help with Multiply
Your Options, a program for middle school girls that is designed
to make them aware of the many career opportunities available
for women in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.
Volunteers from all majors are needed throughout the day to
host and guide the groups to and from workshops on the Storrs
campus. The greatest need is from 9 a.m. to noon and noon to
2 p.m. If you are able to help, please call the Center for Community
Outreach at (860) 486-1165.
Continuing Education to Offer Computer Programming Courses
Beginning April 3, the Division of Extended & Continuing Education
will offer a certificate program in Visual Basic 6, now the
most widely used programming language. Classes will be held
at UConn Downtown, Constitution Plaza, Hartford from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Designed both for newcomers to programming and computer
professionals, the three-part program will enable participants
to remain competitive in the rapidly changing programming market.
Visual Basic I (April 3-6) provides an introduction that includes
the programming language and building the user interface. Visual
Basic II (April 17-19) introduces sophisticated programmatic
manipulation, file handling and object-oriented programming.
Visual Basic III (May 3-5) teaches the experienced programmer
to use functions that deal with advanced features. The courses
will be taught by author, columnist and speaker Gary Cornell
and are based on his best-selling books, Visual Basic 6 from
the Ground Up and Core Visual Basic.
Courses may be taken individually or together, with a 20 percent
discount for two or more courses. Another Visual Basic 6 session
will run in June. To register, or for more information, call
(800) 622-9905. A free brochure is available at
by calling (800) 622-9908.