August 9, 2004
150 attend UCCPs annual summer institute
for online learning
By Jennifer McNulty
More than 150 educators gathered at UC Santa Cruz recently for the
annual online teaching and learning institute hosted by UC College Prep
The conference, Building a Culture of Technology for Learning
and Teaching in K-12, took place July 21-23, attracting participants
from California, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Florida, Wyoming,
Washington, D.C., and Canada.
Jack OConnell, Californias state superintendent of public
instruction, delivered the opening address via videoconference from
Sacramento. Martin M. Chemers, acting chancellor of UCSC, greeted the
group on Friday morning.
Topics focused on the themes of collaboration, content and curricula,
implementation of online courses, teaching and learning, and training
and technology. Individual sessions and workshops covered such areas
as, Bridging the Digital Divide: Technology and Educational Outreach,
A School Without Walls: Riding the Wave of the Future, Habits
of Successful Online Learners--A Student Panel, Supporting
Online Students: UCCP's Cybermentor Program, There Are a
Lot of Online Lessons Out There--How Do You Decide What to Use?,
and Techniques for Appearing On-Camera.
Keynote addresses were delivered by Joan S. Bissell, dean and professor
in the College of Education and Integrative Studies at California State
Polytechnic University, Pomona; Assemblymember John Laird, who represents
portions of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara Counties; and Tim
Stroud, executive director for the North American Council for Online
In addition, Lynda Goff, executive faculty assistant to the provost
and senior vice president of academic affairs at the UC Office of the
President (UCOP) and UCSC biology professor, delivered a welcome address
on July 21, and Julius Zelmanowitz, vice provost of academic initiatives
at UCOP, introduced O'Connell.
For those who were unable to attend the institute in person, UCCP offered
a first-ever virtual institute that included training on
virtual classroom software, access to keynote addresses, spotlight speakers,
and a combination of discussion sessions and workshops. Cosponsored
by Elluminate, the virtual institute allowed 13 distance participants
to interact in real time with presenters and participants at UCSC.
Founded in 1999 by Francisco Hernandez, UCSCs vice chancellor
for student affairs, UCCP was created in response to a state mandate
to provide equity in access to rigorous curriculum. The mission of UCCP
is to provide online college preparatory courses to high school students
who otherwise would not have the opportunity to achieve eligibility
for admission to UC campuses, the California State University system,
and other top universities. Based at UC Santa Cruz, UCCP develops media-rich
online courses and provides test-preparation and academic support to
students and teachers from eligible schools.
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