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Fall 2008 Call Number
DEPARTMENT OF LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES
Learning technologies are changing the face of education and training throughout the world. The field includes the
use of a broad range of communication, information, and related technologies to support learning and teaching. The UNT
Department of Learning Technologies (LT), now a part of the College of Information, Library Science, and Technologies,
offers programs that are internationally known for preparing future educators and technology professionals to advance knowledge
of technology tools and their applications. Students, enrolled at the bachelor's, master's, and PhD levels, are preparing themselves
for positions in a wide variety of educational and business settings such as school principals, technology coordinators, web designers
and developers, technical consultants, higher education faculty, instructional designers, and researchers.
LT is a growing department. During the time that it was a part of the
College of Education, its growth rate exceeded all other departments within
the College with an average annual increase of 7.9%.
LIS and LT are comparable in size but with variation in the number
of majors and number of students enrolled at different levels. LT has a far
greater number of undergraduate majors than LIS, 196 as compared to 43.
LIS, however, far exceeds LT in graduate level majors with 1,326 Master's
and 100 PhDs as compared to LT's 84 master's and 72 PhDs. LT,
therefore, enrolls more undergraduates while LIS enrolls more graduate
students. In spring 2008, LT enrolled 1,156 students in undergraduate level
courses and 331 in graduate level courses, while LIS enrolled 91 at the
undergraduate level and 1,989 at the graduate level.
Both LT and LIS have highly competent faculties of
comparable size with LIS larger by five. Four of the LT
faculty members are Regents Professors*: Drs. Cathleen
Norris, James Poirot, Gerald Knezek, and Jerry Wircenski.
Two LIS professors have been awarded the honor, Dr. Ana
Cleveland (see p. 13) and Dean Herman L. Totten. Since
Dr. Totten is now an administrator, making him ineligible Norris
for the title, his regents professorship is being held in
LT faculty members have interesting backgrounds
and are involved in worthwhile current pursuits both
professionally and personally as the sampling that follows
Professor Cathleen Norris, who was named a
Regents Professor in 2006-07, is the recipient of the E.
Bruce Street Scholars Award and has served as Matthews Enriquez
Chair for Research in Education. She has received several
other honors, including the Impact 30 Award from
eSchool News, the Learning and Leading with Technology
Award from the International Society for Technology in
Education, and the National Education Computer
Conference Leader Award and the Outstanding Service
Award from the National Education Computer
Conference. Her research interests include computer-based Ennis-Cole
education, human factors, and teacher productivity.
Assistant Professor Judith Enriquez's research interests
are in the social dimensions of communication technology
and of the design and development of various
technologies. With this research interest, she has ventured
into other intellectual traditions outside the 'comfort zone'
of computing or information technology, drawing from
science, technology studies (STS), organization and media Jones
science, cultural psychology, sociology and linguistics.
Associate Professor Demetria Ennis-Cole worked in industry and
academia as a programmer and a computer analyst before coming to UNT.
She has been published in a number of journals including Journal of Research
on Computing in Education, Educational Gerontology, Journal of Computing in
Childhood Education, and Journal of Vocational and Special Needs.
Assistant Professor Greg Jones formerly worked for
Compaq, Dallas Engineering as an advanced com-
munications technology planner. His research focuses on
the areas of emerging technologies for learning, which
include visualization systems for education, virtual
communities, telementoring, and 3D online learning
environments (virtual environments). He holds a FCC
Li advanced radio license.
Before coming to academia, Assistant Professor
Jessica Li held various senior and executive management
positions with Motorola University of Motorola, Inc.,
Nokia Learning Center of Nokia Co., and Reytheon
Learning Institutes of Raytheon Co. She assists organ-
izations to establish corporate universities, transition to a
learning organization, develop management development
Lin Lin strategy and programs, and create succession management
strategy and programs.
Assistant Professor Lin Lin is research director of a
University of North Texas BEGIN project that is sup-
ported by a $3 million grant from the Department of
Education. She is intrigued by the benefits offered
through asynchronous written text to the extent that it
can create a true dialogue or discourse.
Nimon Assistant Professor Kim Nimon is a corporate
veteran of the high-tech industry. Kim is committed to
teaching and applying methods that bridge the gap
between research and practice. Her research agenda focuses
on improving human performance through the practice of
workplace spirituality, the measurement & evaluation of
employee attitudes, and the development of quantitative
statistical methodologies to assess human performance
Warren Assistant Professor Scott Warren designs and
conducts research on digital experiences ranging from
r % alternate reality games to ethical and moral concerns
related to the use of games and simulations for educational
purposes. He designed and developed the 3-D world
called Anytown within Quest Atlantis to support literacy,
which worked in conjunction with his fictional book titled
Wircenski Professor Jerry Wircenski was named a Regents
Professor in 2003-04. His research interests are
courseware design, career and technical education, and
learners with special needs. His published works include
- Info-line: Effective Classroom Training Techniques, Vocational
Education Programs for the Disadvantaged, and Workbook:
Winning Strategies for Effective Public Speaking.
Professor Michelle Wircenski has been at UNT for
Wircenski twenty years. She advises the students seeking master's
degrees in the program of Applied Technology and
Performance Improvement and works closely with the first year Career and
Technical Education teacher interns. Her research areas include special
populations, learning styles, curriculum accommodations teaching
strategies and authentic assessment.
Additional information about LT faculty members is available on the
UNT website, http://lt. unt. edu/faculty. html.
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