Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-10-021
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Football f back home L . . against Y Montana St. f NEWS 2 EDITORIAL 3 - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 4 SPORTS . .. 6 CLASSIFIEDS 7 I O THE 193-1 lfci'CiyyVi'('it-rJ 2 009 II I hi see page FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2009 VOL 80 ISSUE 23 WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WWW.WSUSIGNP0ST.COM j(fi Km mm Enrollment increase spreads some professors thin By jessie Holmes news reporter I The Signpost Faculty and students across campus at Weber State University are experiencing the effects of increased enrollment this semester. The English department had professors take on extra courses so they could add eight more sections of English 1010 to accommodate the incoming students. The staff in the disability office worked to overcome the budget cuts affecting their students. The history department originally had two full-time positions available, but was only able to fill one of them. "Increasing numbers ... take more time," said Disabilities Services Specialist Angela McLean. "We've all felt the time pinch, as far as feeling like there is a little bit more to do with the same amount of hours in the day." The department hired adjunct professors to teach one or two classes. It was more cost- effective to hire adjunct professors instead of full-time professors. Writing classes were limited to 24 students, but occasionally more students were allowed in. "It is with great reluctance that we will go higher than (24) because it diminishes the quality of the instruction," said Kathleen Herndon, English department chair. The disability office staff worked with their students to be flexible with the changes, getting creative on how they take care of the students. Instead of one interpreter per student, they put two students in the same class with one interpreter. See Strain page 6 gr- " " : PI IOKJ 111.06 I KAI K J.N til BKYAN BUI ItkMtlU lilt sC.,'us w Pi ite -- V' .-" i " 1 . - - - - , u . (Left) A blanket of snow covers the mountains east of Weber State University after a cold front moved in on Wednesday, Sept. 30. (Below-right) Students walk toward the Elizabeth Hall building on campus during a downpour of rain on Wednesday morning. Considerably cooler temperatures than the previous week are expected to continue through the weekend with highs only in the mid-50s or 60s. 1 r ", j I i ! - PHUU BY NAIHAN CAULFOKD ICNI'Oil PHI.JIO BY KANtEZ HASSAN lilt HLI'USI c n 07 n no ?n $ r n mm tiiroiap Numerous programs using handheld devices for immediate classroom feedback By Natalie Buttars correspondent I The Signpost A new concept in learning is being applied on the Weber State University campus. 'Clickers' allow students to respond to questions using wireless technology, which displays the students' answers for the class to see. The clickers have been used by several departments at WSU, including the sciences, nursing and ethics. Tamara Chase, associate professor in the school of nursing, describes it as a system designed to interact with PowerPoint slides. "As you go through your PowerPoint," Chase said, "then you can throw in quizzes, and they can either be anonymous if you want to survey the class on what they think, and you can do truefalse, ABC, multiple choice, matching, whatever.". After the students click in, their results . O O . o o... r . .'" I I if ; i - ; . ' I ! ;- ' : I 1 1 : I'l lOil) ii'i k.WII Z HASSAN A 'Clicker'. The handheld device is a newer technology being used in many departments. are displayed on the next slide. "Many of us have been using it, at least in the nursing program," she said, "to just keep our students engaged in the lecture ... Otherwise it tends to get a little boring and we lose our students." Chase said she feels anonymous quizzing done with electronic devices allows more students the opportunity to voice their opinion. She said some students who aren't as willing to share their thoughts on ethical issues, because of fear, can still participate in class discussions. "You get a general sense of where the majority of the students stand on that subject," Chase said. The clickers are described as a small wireless hand-held device about the size of a cell phone or a small calculator, with multiple buttons. "The students just click the button," Chase said. "It's kind of fun to answer the quizzes and use the clickers and stuff, and the students seem to enjoy it. I just think it's a good way to keep students engaged in the content that's been discussed." "We use them in our classes," said Dacia Nelson, a junior studying nursing. "It helps us study for the standardized nursing test for mock questions for those tests. But they don't work in every classroom." Kelson explained that the technology is helpful when it works. It gives teachers the opportunity to explain answers the students missed. u u 86 "You can see what you're doing and they explain the wrong answers and that way the teacher can see how many students actually know the material, so it helps," Nelson said. Nelson attended Southern ' Utah University before attending WSU and said they didn't use the clickers there, to her knowledge. She said it is frustrating when the clickers don't work because they are expensive. "We have to buy them at the bookstore," Nelson said, "and they're 35 bucks, so when they don't work, it's kind of like getting cheated out of your money. And you 'can't return it once you've used it." AnnMarie Harris, a senior studying nursing, said she saw the clicker technology used at Brigham Young University, which she attended before coming to WSU, but only in science classes. "This is the first year I've used the clickers at Weber," Harris said. "The clickers are OK, but I hate that they're expensive, and you can't return them, and we only use them for one class. It's required equipment." Harris explained that she is unsure the clickers are worth the expense. "We've only used them a couple times because they haven't worked for a while in our classes," Harris said. "It's not worth the money. I don't understand why they can't make it cheaper. I don't know if our teachers really like them either." Comment on this story at wsusignpost.com.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2009-10-02, Vol. 80, No. 23|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|