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Computer Intensive Courses

Rationale

A Computer-Intensive course provides students with multiple opportunities to use technology to deepen their understanding of course content, going beyond word processing, e-mail, and the Internet. In addition to learning how to use software, a Computer-Intensive course offers ways for students to expand their understanding of the discipline and become active, refined participants in academic discourse. Computer technology is an integral part of modern life. According to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), technology can "facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity". Furthermore, technology offers a wide variety of learning and communication styles.
KU Faculty: CLICK HERE to  download the Approval Forms for Computer Intensive Courses

Guidelines

  1. Computer-Intensive assignments will be an integral part of the course.
        • Students should practice using technology typical of the discipline in which the course is taught.
        • Computer-Intensive assignments should provide content and technological knowledge and skills important for students to understand and apply technological solutions in the discipline.
  1. There will be at least two Computer-Intensive assignments, and they should be distributed throughout the course.
        • Examples of Computer-Intensive assignments include but are not limited to:
              • PowerPoint presentations
              • spreadsheets
              • computer algebra system workbooks
              • computer programming
              • database construction and use
              • Photoshop and Illustrator projects
              • multimedia productions
              • statistical software projects
  1. There will be opportunities for revision and resubmission.
        • Computer-Intensive assignments should be structured and sequenced so that students will be able to improve their technological skills through practice and revision. At least one such assignment must go through a revision process.
        • Drafts may be read and critiqued by both the instructor and peers; however the instructor should be responsible for providing the most substantive feedback.
        • Feedback and revision should involve more than just pointing out surface errors.
  1. Computer-Intensive assignments will constitute a significant portion of the course grade and content. At least 50% of the course grade and content should be based on such assignments.
  2. Instructors will provide instruction on how to use the technology effectively, efficiently, and ethically to complete the assignments. For example, an instructor may teach directed lessons on features of the technology, provide instruction on evaluative procedures, or explain the ethical/legal aspects of using the software as related to the discipline in which the course is taught.


KU Faculty: Click HERE to download the Approval Form for Computer-Intensive courses.