What Students Want (and Need)

Session Topic: Engaging Students with Technology
Session Format: Presentation/Demonstration
Session Location & Time: Room 217C, 11:30 am – 12:00 noon
Moderator: Steven Bell

Presenter: John Sorrentino, Associate Professor
Department: Economics

This presentation is motivated by a quote from the late Nobel Prize-winning economist, Herbert Simon: “… many new technologies will be proposed … for use in your university, … we must resist the temptation to use technology just because it is available.” As an economist member of TLTR/TLTR2, this instructor has continuously grappled with the question of whether the expenses for modern technology are matched by the benefits. Does the University supply technology that it is driven by what students actually want or what faculty think they actually need? The results of a review of K-12 technology use, & surveys & focus groups of university students & faculty, will be used to describe the “demand side” & the “supply side.” The conclusion will be based on estimates of costs & benefits.

Presenter Bio
John Sorrentino came to Temple in 1973. Most of his publications and consulting work have involved the economics of energy and the environment. He was the first MBA online instructor in the business school, and taught two online courses in the program from 1997 to 2006. He contributed a chapter on staying off the “Technology Wave” in the 2004 book, The Distance Education Evolution: Issues and Case Studies, edited and written by Temple faculty and graduate students who initiated online learning at Temple. He was a member of the original Teaching & Learning with Technology Roundtable (TLTR), & is now a member of its re-incarnation, TLTR2.