Central to the mission of Freed-Hardeman University is the dedication to "academic excellence." FHU's stated purpose dedicates the institution to "moral and spiritual values, academic excellence, and service in a friendly, supportive environment." Academic excellence is best served by the well-considered, carefully planned implementation of participatory pedagogical technology.
In order to work most effectively with the current generation of student learners, FHU will employ various web-based or technology-enhanced techniques in course pedagogy, andragogy and heutagogy. Select faculty, responsible for teaching General Education classes, will be recruited into the iLearn Program and will receive training in the use of participatory pedagogical technologies that have been suggested to make demonstrable improvements in student learning.
The seven phases of the iLearn Program are:
Each participant will take part in selection and induction during their first year in the program. The table below demonstrates how each of the cohorts will matriculate through the iLearn Program.
To maximize the impact iLearn can have on student learning, academic leadership has identified specific student learning outcomes connected to the General Education Core. The faculty involved in iLearn will examine their own pedagogy as it relates to these outcomes. They will be presented with a variety of technology-based pedagogical methods from which they may choose. Faculty will receive training in the use of these new methods.
The faculty participant's primary task is to engage student learners via these new-found methods. Participants will be asked to document their progress during development, implementation, assessment, sharing and enhancement. At the end of each semester, assessment of student learning outcomes will be collected and analyzed for the impact of iLearn.
The first cohort of general education faculty and students will be in the College of Arts and Sciences:
- MAT 100 - Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
- MAT 101 - College Algebra
- BIO 110 - Principles of Biology
- CHE 121 - General Chemistry I
- PHS 111 - Physical Science I
The second cohort of general education faculty and students will be in the College of Arts and Sciences:
- ENG 102 - English Composition II
- COM 140 - Speech Communication
The third cohort of general education faculty and students will be in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences:
- PSY 210 - General Psychology
- SOC 241 - General Sociology
- ART 110 - Art Appreciation
- MUS 110 - Music Appreciation
- THE 265 - Acting I
One objective of the iLearn Program is to provide faculty members with a wide-array of pedagogical methods and supporting technologies for assessment and integration into their individual pedagogy. Technologies to be added include the following items:
- Class Response System
- Lecture Capture System
- Portable SmartBoard Solution
- Supporting equipment for faculty such as wireless microphones, presentation remotes, etc.
The university also recognizes that over the life of the plan, technology will advance at a rapid pace. Technologies will be developed that cannot be anticipated at the planned inception. Therefore, the university has built-in funding in anticipation of future advancements.