Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Our school will soon hold our annual adjunct faculty meeting. The feature of this meeting will be adjunct faculty use of Westlaw/TWEN or Lexis/Blackboard course homepages. I have demonstrated my own use of these to adjuncts in past years. This has only resulted in a marginal increase in adjunct faculty usage. This year I have asked two adjuncts to demonstrate. Each is quite proficient and effective in using these wonderful tools.
On the whole, however, our adjuncts are lagging way behind our full-time faculty in using class websites. It may be that many have done some sort of informal cost/benefit analysis and decided that it is not worth it. But I suspect they haven't really considered it. Maybe lack of time. Maybe insufficient communication and support. Maybe inertia.
This leads me to asking how readers--how many of you use a class webpage such as TWEN, Blackboard, WebCT or whatever platform is available at your school? Have you been encouraged to do so by your school? Experiences (favorable and unfavorable)?