Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-11-011
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rrpTi JL iliiv Monday, November 1, 1993 Lyall Crawford, a Weber State University communication professor, is a participant in the home office program. Internet accesses people, libraries around world By Mark Forsberg Signpost managing editor Lesson plans, libraries around the world, foreign professors and a Beavis and Butthead fan club are a few of the things to be found through the Internet system, which can be accessed by students, said communications professor Richard Halley. Halley, who helped set up the communication department's home office program, said Internet started as a government experiment. He estimated there were about 40 to 50 people on it at first. "Since then it's gone up geometrically," he said. "It's doubled or tripled every year." Weber State forum helps teachers teach By Christina Quinley Signpost staff writer The Teaching and Learning Forum, a new concept for faculty at Weber State University, offers suggestions and resources to teachers to help them improve teaching methods. The forum offers faculty a variety of teaching strategies to use with a more diverse student body . Also, it provides neutral ground on which faculty can help each other understand and solve instructional problems to improve student learning. The forum is coordinated by Lee McKenzie, WSU English professor, who was appointed by the - - He said he uses Internet for a variety of purposes. "I use it several ways," he said. "The major thing I use is E-mail, to converse with colleagues all around the world." E-mail, one function of Internet, canbe used to converse with other people who have an E-mail file. Because Halley keeps his office in his home, he requires his students to keep an E-mail file. "I consider it the major way they should keep contact with me," he said. His students send questions and comments and pick up assignments over E-mail, He said he answers messages when he gets the chance. "I usually spend about three hours a day just doing that," See Internet page 2 administration and approved by the Faculty Senate's Committee on Teaching and Assessment. "Every department has a voice in the Teaching Forum. The representatives from each college can give information to the forum and then take information back to colleagues within their departments," McKenzie said. McKenzie said the committee is appointed and supervised by the faculty. "It is in every way concerned with what the faculty wants us to do." The forum was part of the International Society to Explore Teaching Alternatives in early October at the Ogden Park Hotel. The society offers different ways of teaching so faculty can - -.---,1,1 n mi ft if - f-'i -"fSK"" ' ' While not on campus he responds to students through an electronic mail service known as E-mail. Znews offers something for everyone's interests By Mark Forsberg Signpost managing editor MariAnne Bolender, who is responsible for keeping Weber State University updated through Internet, said the system has something for everyone. "There are about 5,000 Znews (network news groups) out there," she said. WSU has access to about 2,500 Znews groups. "There are some really good special interest groups." A network news group usually consists of people with similar interests who share their ideas. Interests range from biology to Beavis and Butthead to sex groups, she said. The sex groups have made Internet controversial, said Bolender. People are trying to regulate what can be said over See Znews page 2 select which method would be most beneficial to them. "We don't want to push anything on our faculty. We just want to make them aware that we are available for help, and that we try to have the resources they need," McKenzie said. The forum concept is a national movement, and although it is new at WSU, similar committees have been functioning at other campuses for the last 10 years. McKenzie said that some colleagues wanted a more central place where they could have access to some of the programs to help with their teaching. It is working on bringing external consultants and speakers to fc.WrJSC.l STEVE CONLINIHE SIGNPOST campus for special events, maintaining a "safe" environment) for open exploration among faculty-colleagues of instructional difficulties and successes. The forum wants to maintain contact with those with similar responsibilities at other Utah institutions. The forum also wants to assist such established activities as Writing Across the Curriculum, Speaking Excellence Across the Curriculum, the Research, Scholarship and Professional Growth Committee, Women's Studies and Instructional Technology Services to enhance the impact of all. The Teaching Forum is located in room 138 of the social science building'. Volume 56 Number 22 Quick Takes News Hispanic Youth Conference speaks out against gangs, encourages education See Page 3 A&E Pioneer Theater Company puts viewers in the Halloween spirit with Hunchback of Notre Dame See Page 2 Opinion Veterans argue for a veteran's seat in the student senate. See Page 4 Sports Wildcats win third in a row as they come back and stomp the Thunderbirds. See Page 7 Weather j Highs in the 40s. Small chance of snow. illMilll 1 "i " f I fe'
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1993-11-01, Vol. 56, No. 22|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|