On Monday, February 05, 2001, 1:54 PM -0600 LeAne Rutherford <email@example.com> wrote:
I took a crack at the first segment of the article. I will run a
hardcopy up to you around 3. If you aren't there, I will just leave it
in your departmental mailbox or slip it under your door. Please feel
free to slice and dice, add or subtract.
I see the article as bipartite--Here's all the stuff (go to the Web site
and see for yourselves) and here's how to pick from it. Would you
write about 700 words on the picking part?
I am also sending this e-mail so you can cut and paste.
How Much Is Too Much?
Tips on Selecting the Right "Some" from among the Overwhelming "Many"
Tim Roufs, Department of Sociology/Anthropology
Editor's Note: Tim Roufs, veteran and expert in using technology as a
teaching tool, has been teaching a resource-rich course in Prehistoric
Cultures. If you are interested in his considerable experience in
making the right choices from among the many options, you may visit his
site on the topic of selecting materials that are available with texts
at http://www.d.umn.edu/~troufs/howmuch.html . The links in the site
will provide you with the actual resources which students can use and
will flesh out this skeletal article. Both Tim's site and his article
will provide insights into figuring out whether the myriad materials are
overkill or opportunity and guidance how to make choices.
Textbooks are increasingly being packaged with traditional and high-tech
support materials. In fact, occasionally too many materials are
available for practical use in the classroom. For example, the text and
text resources available for Prehistoric Cultures include a choice of
three versions of the textbook in addition to online Web text resources.
These resources include
Text Chapter Resources (hypercontents, flashcards, quizzes, internet
projects, study guide and the Thompson Learning Web Tutor. The Web
Tutor is a great study tool and course management tool with which to
take the physical anthropology course beyond classroom boundaries.
ANTHROPOLOGYonline from the Wadsworth Anthropology Resource Center
( news from the American Anthropological Association and the Texas A & M
site, text resources, anthropology surfing and surfing lessons, search
engines, career center, and forum)
Infotracr College Edition-a virtual library accessing thousands of
searchable full-length articles
CD-ROM: Virtual Laboratories for Physical Anthropology with its own
set of online Web resources
Other Supplementary Materials including anthropology URLs, lab
manuals, videos, transparency acetates, slides, test items, CD-ROM in
PowerPoint, test creators and customizers, and delivery systems.
Wait! There's more. In addition to the text resources, hundreds of
pages tailor-made for the course may also be accessed from the top of
the page for which you have the URL. There items are alphabetized by
subject, A-Z. Each item and topic covered in the course has a separate
Web page. For example, Darwin, Goodall, Chimpanzees, Neanderthals,
has a separate course Web page.
Furthermore, at the top of this same page, pop-down menus offer access
to main topics and areas of the course. Another frequently accessed
site for Prehistoric Cultures is the Class Site Map.
This is an abundance of riches, to say the least. But with blessings
there are burdens: picking some from among the overwhelming many.
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