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Computer Based Teaching

Listed below are links to exemplary courses and other initiatives designed to inform educators about the benefits of computer based teaching. (See also: Technology)


Ayers Edward L., Nesbitt, Scott, and Murre Martindale. "New Research Opportunities through Technology," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2006):

Bothun, Gregory. "Bringing New Learning Modalities to All Disciplines," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2004):

Brown, D.G., ed. (2000). Interactive Learning: Vignettes from America’s Most Wired Campuses, Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing

Elgin, Sarah C.R., "Bringing Life Science Research into the Classroom," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2004):

Norman, Kent. "Technologies to Enable and Evaluate Collaborative Projects in Undergraduate Education," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2006):

Novak, Gregor M., Gavrin, Andrew D., Christian, W., & Patterson, Evelyn T. (1999) Just in Time Teaching: Blending Active Learning with Web Technology. Prentice Hall. The authors discuss an approach to tailor lecture time to the concepts students find most difficult. For more about “just in time teaching:”

Oblinger, D.G., and Oblinger, J.L., eds. (2005). Educating the Net Generation, Educause.

Palloff, R.M., and Pratt, K. (2001). Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Read, Brock. "Can Wikipedia Ever Make the Grade?" The Chronicle of Higher Education 53:10, (subscription required)

Web Sites and Survey Courses

Dyann Schmidel: An interactive educational website that designs, develops, and hosts easily-updateable database-driven websites for K-12 school districts.

The Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University: HCII is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students dedicated to research and education in topics related to computer technology in support of human activity and society. From the site’s homepage, click the “research” link to find information about interesting research projects and computer-based learning tools.

Leadership Development Program’s (LDP), University of Californiat, Berkeley, e-Portfolio report is available at

MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Initiative:

MERLOT, a free and open website esigned primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments:

Regis University’s Portfolio Project website: Lists several e-Portfolio commercial software options and examples of universities using the programs as well as descriptions and prices of the software.

The PACT Center website: Provides information about the Center’s goals, completes and current research, biographies of the people involved, and links to sites with detailed explanations of these projects. It also provides an extensive list of publications on tutor development and pedagogy research, cognitive tutor evaluation and implication, and other relevant PACT publications.

The University of British Colombia’s electronic portfolio website: Includes “how-to” information and current e-portfolio projects, events, and resources.

The University of Oregon is leading the way in increased use of wireless technology in the classroom.

Exemplary Programs and Practices

Studying the Genetic Basis of Disease Using Web-Based Bioinformatics Tools: A computer-based research lab at Washington University in St. Louis developed to provide an investigatory experience within a lecture course, to create a format for group work, and to introduce students to web-based bioinformatics tools and databases.

Course and Curricular Innovation

The Computational Design Lab, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University

The Collaborative Research Model: Student Learning Teams in Undergraduate Research, University of Oregon: A flexible model of collaborative student research in coursework across the curriculum.


Education with New Technologies (ENT) is a networked community designed to help educators develop powerful learning experiences for students through the effective integration of new technologies.

Learn how to create your own electronic portfolio at

The Physics Education Technology Project (PhET) at the University of Colorado at Boulder: Produces fun, interactive simulations of physical phenomena that create bridges to the real world.

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