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|The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provided a grant
to Dr. Michael Gottfredsen, University of Arizona Vice Provost for Undergraduate
Education, to support a design team charged with
developing the general structure and supportive materials needed to deliver
student-oriented, highly interactive learning materials on the worldwide
web. These learning materials are used to support the lecture, laboratory
and discussion sessions of general education courses.
Over the two-year period of the award, the design team were responsible
Phase 1: The Biology Project
- Developing and implementing standardized instructional modules for a
lower-division course in natural science and one in humanities/social science
- Using the modules to encourage and foster links between teaching and research
faculty in order to provide the means to deliver cutting-edge research information
- Establishing links with other units on campus which support instructional
development with an eye towards extending or customizing the course modules
beyond the terms of the project
- Providing outreach services to faculty unfamiliar with the power of current
advancements in instructional technology.
| The first phase of this two-year project used the entry level biology
course (Biology 181)
at the University of Arizona as a model for development and testing.
Biology 181 is a general education course with a laboratory component
and an enrollment of over 1,500 students every Fall.
Phase 2: The Architecture Project
| For the second phase, The Biology Project chose to team with
UA's Imagen, an online multimedia visual database, to develop materials
for Architecture & Society. Imagen is a rich resource of imagery in the
humanities that is already being used as a learning tool in Architecture
101. Architecture 101 is a general education course offered jointly by
Architecture and Humanities, with an enrollment of 150-180 students every
semester. The results of this collaboration can be found at The
| The deliverable from the project will be the courseware created by
the design team. Since courseware development will take place on a worldwide
web site, there will be an ongoing record of the project's progress,
and a continuing opportunity for evaluation and feedback. The project style
manual is also available as a record of the web site's internal organization.
So far, feedback from students and teachers who have visited the site
has been very positive.