Professor to deliver inaugural lecture

Lawrence,KS (11-17-2000)

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By Emily Forsyth

Scott Hinton, Deane E. Ackers distinguished professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will present his inaugural lecture at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union. He will speak about Technology-Enhanced Learning Environments.

Hinton, who also is chair of electrical engineering and computer science, joined KU in 1999 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his bachelors degree from Brigham Young University and his masters degree from Purdue University.

His research focuses on technologys influence on education. In his lecture, Hinton will describe how learning technologies have evolved, how they can be used in the classroom and how they could affect higher education.

Technology has given educators the opportunity to convey information based on students individual learning styles, Hinton said.

We can enhance our classroom experience with online animations, simulations, special kinds of assessments and side tutorials that can enrich the experience, he said.

Online courses and continuing education are other areas that technology has influenced.

"The need for lifelong learning is creating new markets, Hinton said. A lot of universities are realizing they have a role to play there.

One person who has recognized Hintons role at the university is Ed Meyen, professor of education. Meyen is director of the Online Academy, a national project to develop online instruction for teacher education. Meyen said he had worked with Hinton on several projects this year.

We have found that because of his engineering background and his commitment to engineering education that he poses very significant questions that werent (considered) by those in education, Meyen said. We look forward to a collaborative relationship with him and his colleagues.

Sandra Gautt, assistant provost, said the practice of KU distinguished professors giving inaugural lectures began in 1981.

The primary objective of the lectures is to allow the university community to hear about specific research interests of the distinguished professors, she said.

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