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Call Number Fall 2008
Important components of the missions of both LIS and LT are to
advance and contribute to leading-edge research and scholarship. They
each rely heavily on grants in carrying out these important functions. LT
exceeds LIS in grant awards, receiving $7,566,724 research awards
compared to LIS $3,371,466 between 2003 and 2007. During the
department's tenure in the College of Education, LT generated more than
50% of the grants received by the College over a five year period.
While LIS sponsors one research center, Texas Center for Digital
Knowledge (TxCDK), LT sponsors two, Texas Center for Educational
Technology (TCET) and Institute for the Integration of Technology into
Teaching and Learning (IITTL). TxCDK directed by Dr. William Moen,
is an interdisciplinary center that brings together faculty members from
across campus with research interest in the digital knowledge area. Its
mission is to stimulate and support interdisciplinary research encompassing
theoretical frameworks and practical applications that can enhance the
creation, storage, organization, retrieval, use and evaluation of information
in a wide variety of digital formats.
TCET, with Dr. James Poirot serving as executive
director, facilitates and conducts research; develops and
evaluates collaborations between industry, education, and
educational communities; and serves as a focal point
within the state of Texas and beyond in order to create
and adapt instructional technology for integration into the
education programs of our state and nation. Poirot
IITTL, directed by Dr. Gerald Knezek, promotes the
infusion of information technologies into daily teaching/learning practices.
IITTL compliments TCET by working at the classroom technology
integration level. The center has generated numerous
national and international papers and has been highly
successful in obtaining grants.
- Research interests of the two faculties show many
S similarities. LT faculty interests include such areas as
artificial intelligence, computer assisted instruction,
computer based education, new media and technology,
telecommunication and informatics, telementoring,
virtual communities, use of technologies such as digital learning
environments, and emerging technologies for learning. These areas
complement the research interests of LIS faculty members such as digital
imaging, distributed learning and technologies, human information
behavior, information retrieval, information seeking behavior of online
students, learning communities and learning behavior, medical informatics,
and online course design.
The two units are entering this new venture with a spirit of
cooperation that should benefit all concerned. Both have recently moved
to Discovery Park where they are able to share classrooms and other
facilities. The future looks promising for the new College of Information,
Library Science, and Technologies.
*Regents professorships are awarded in recognition of individuals
currently at the rank ofprofessor who have distinguished records of teaching,
research, or both and give evidence of the potential for continuation of
College of Information, Library
Science, and Technologies (CILST)
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