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    New instructor
merges history with
passion
JARED BEZZANT
Staff Writer
TIMOTHY BELL I Clackamas Print
Instructor Linda Vogt and student Carlyne Troudt explore "Digital Deadlines," an online journalism
course being test-driven by Clackamas reporting students.
Distance learning expands
student opportunities
MIKE GARCIA
Staff Writer
Imagine taking classes from Britain’s
Oxford University while living in Or­
egon City. Or taking classes from
Clackamas while living in Britain.
The developing ideas of distance
learning might make these ideas real­
ity very soon. Clackamas is among the
hundreds of colleges that have already
begun putting together a distance learn­
ing program.
Among the courses Clackamas stu­
dents may see on the Internet soon are:
the Physical Science department’s
Chemistry 104-106 sequence, an Auto
Parts Merchandising class taught by
Mike Mattsen and a Computer Science
121 class taught by Linda Anderson.
Also being considered are two high­
school credit courses: U.S. History
(taught by Brenda Inglis) and Career
Exploration (taught by Mike Watkins).
All of the proposed courses have a tar­
get date of Fall Term 1998 for comple­
tion.
Before leaving last week for a dis­
tance learning conference in Bend for
Oregon’s community colleges, Journal­
ism Advisor Linda Vogt tested out the
sound features of a CCC course that is
already partially online—J 216, Intro­
duction to Reporting. This class is be­
ing created by Vogt and Ken Roth, who
works for Clackamas through the Or­
egon Advanced Technology Center in
Wilsonville.
Roth generated the idea because he
“didn’t see anything else he thought was
very interesting [in other online jour­
nalism courses]... He saw a need and
an opportunity,” Vogt said.
“[Ken’s] a genius in terms of multi­
media and what you can do,” Vogt said.
“I feel really lucky. And with excellent
support from the administration”, she
added, referring specifically to Dean of
Instructional Services Liz Goulard, “it’s
really coming together well.”
So what does an online course offer
that a classroom setting doesn’t? For
one thing, distance and time factors are
eliminated. A student can “go to class”
while sitting at home at 2 a.m. In addi­
tion, the class can come alive with com­
puter-generated pictures and sounds. It
can be “a lot more interesting than writ-
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ing stuff out of your textbook,” Vogt
said.
Roth is still working on the virtual-
reality aspect of J 216. Vogt outlined
what they’ve done so far: a digital cam­
era was set up just east of the Commu­
nity Center. It took a 360-degree pic­
ture of the campus from that point of
view.
A scenario was made up in which a
small airplane “crashed” in the grass
between the Community Center and
Barlow Hall. False wreckage set up in
the grass was caught by the digital cam­
era. The voices of students who pre­
tended to be witnesses to the crash were
digitally recorded and placed on the
web site.
With the new sound cards installed
in the McLoughlin computer lab, stu­
dents can listen to the recordings on
headphones, see the photos, and go
from there to writing a practice-news
story about the incident, as if they were
at a real airplane crash. It adds to the
experience of thé class. “It’s like you’ve
got a bunch of guest speakers in your
class.” Vogt said.
Students and computers are “a great
match”, Vogt said, because many stu­
dents are computer-literate, even to the
point where they surpass their instruc­
tors’ knowledge. “It becomes a learn­
ing experience for the teacher, too.”
“We’re so tied to the notion: T want
you sitting right there; I want to see
what you’re doing’”, Vogt said, “that
some teachers might not get into dis­
tance learning.”
Add this to the argument that the
quality of a course might decline
online. Vogt said that some instructors
have reacted coldly to distance learn­
ing because online classes don’t seem
as personal as the traditional classroom
environment. “But in many cases the
opposite is true,” she said, adding, “It
affords every student an equal oppor­
tunity. Our culture can put limitations
on us that computers would remove.”
Specifically, shyness in front of a
group would be eliminated. Many in­
structors who have encouraged e-mail
discussions have found that students
who don’t normally speak up in class
have an easier time doing it in writing.
Because a silence online is not as awk­
ward as a silence in classroom speech,
students have more time to think of re­
sponses, Vogt said.
So far, colleges sucessful in distance'
learning have initially concentrated on
a small number of classes, Vogt said,
so that they won’t be overwhelmed by
new technology and responsibilities.
Once students and instructors see the
benefits of online courses, there’s a
kind of snowball effect and more
people start experimenting with the
medium.
The Distance Learning Develop­
ment Team, which meets every
Wednesday at 12 p.m. in room CCI26,
has two main goals: to develop the
proposed online courses by next fall,
and to identify challenges and issues
to work on along the way. Vogt is op­
timistic as long as the college admin­
istration and faculty continue to in­
crease their trust and support in dis­
tance learning.
“Digital Deadlines,” the online J 216
course, can be found at http://
www.orweb.com/oatc/digital/
deadline.html
One of Clackamas’ favorite new staff additions this year
would have to be Jackie Flowers, who laughed at that idea
and asked, “Is that because of my accent?”
Her southern drawl may be part of her charm, but stu­
dents are finding her teaching exciting and interesting. Her
subject is U.S. history.
“I had a boring, dry history teacher and I hated it. I want
to make it interesting,” she said.
Flowers, from North Carolina, got her BA at Appala­
chian State University in biology and had little interest in
history.
After school she worked on a Navy base in South Caro­
lina for approximately 10 years. She enjoyed her work there,
but predictions that the base would close prompted her to
quit and go back to school at the University of Tennessee.
“I still didn’t know what I wanted to do when I got there
on registration day. I went through the books and the his­
tory classes looked the most interesting,” she said.
After one year she received her BA in history and went
on to graduate school in South Carolina. She specialized in
20th century cultural history and served as assistant teacher
in her eight year tenure there. In 1996 she graduated with a
Ph.D. in U.S. history.
She never thought that from there she would end up in
Oregon. And how? Through a nationwide job search and
much hard work, Flowers earned an interview and her
present job, in what she calls a “very competitive field.”
When Flowers found out she was going to Oregon she
said, “The first thing I did was get a raincoat.”
Flowers loves Oregon though. She said, “Your waves are
a little bigger, and your mountains a little taller.”
Flowers is excited and happy to be on campus at Clacka­
mas.
“I sincerely love this job,” she said.
She is enthusiastic about getting students interested in
history, and is having fun with it, but most importantly, learn­
ing. She plans to accomplish this through research programs
on the Internet and using library resources. Flowers wants
to make history not only a listening course, but also a course
of action and work.
Flowers is teaching five U.S. history classes, and hopes
to work one-on-one with students. “I want to know all their
names, and I am trying to memorize them,” she said.
“For a historian I have a horrible memory.”
Besides teaching, Flowers enjoys a life with her husband,
playing classical music on the piano, and photography. Her
love for photography has moved her to an appreciation for
the arts, especially from the 1930’s and 60’s.
No matter what Flowers loves, she is definitely loved here
on the campus and is making an impression historically.
Greek Islands,
Italy tour
meeting set
The Greek Islands and Italy will be
the destination next June for a women’s
tour of Europe, and an organizational
meeting will be held Monday from
6:30-8 p.m.
The trip is sponsored by the
AAWCC Connections Program (for­
merly Focus on Women) and will be
lead by instructors Carol Evans and
Linda Vogt. Cost of the 15-day tour is
approximately $3,200, which includes
airfare, cruise, hotels and two meals
per day.
Highlights of the tour include the
Athens; the Greek Islands cruise in­
cluding Mykonos, Kudasi, Rhodes and
Santorini; and Sorrento and Rome in
Italy. Registration will be begun Mon­
day night; a $90 registration fee is re­
quired to hold a spot on the tour.
The tour meeting will be held in the
Community Center, Room 127. For
more information, contact Linda Vogt,
coordinator, at ext. 2310.
ALEX MAHAN / Clackamas Print
Though Jackie Flowers hails from North
Carolina, she has found a home at Clackamas.
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