The author of this evolving Web Compendium owes a
tremendous debt to a variety of persons (and, in many cases, associated
organizations) who helped and prodded this effort along.
I hope it will not be considered premature or presumptuous that these
kudos are awarded
at this early stage. I simply did not want to let more
years pass, before those friends are acknowledged who helped my start
and/or kept me on track since early 1994:
- Charles Hendricksen, without whom my
fascination for educational communications technology would probably never
have come about. Charlie functioned first as an incredibly patient
then increasingly as 'co-conspirator'. Both he and his boundlessly
Web enthusiastic and proficient wife made many early-morning or home-bound
bus trips on the
#276 the source of new ideas and inspiration. Thanks Charlie and
Bernice (Bunny) Laden and the remainder of the always accessible
team (among others) Mo Falkner, Brennon Martin,
Gabriel Chrisman and
for technical help, moral support und the
use of first-class computer classroom facilities in the Undergraduate
Library. At a time when there was little interest in educational
Internet uses among
our immediate colleagues and departments, UWired found us scattered all
over campus, assured us that we were not nerds, provided the setting
exchanging technological know-how and pedagogic ideas and, as importantly,
demonstrated that there was institutional and financial backing after all.
Anne Zald (first among many other incredible
librarians) for her tireless involvement in my Web
experiments at the grass-roots in my classes - providing indispensable help
with introducing our appreciative students to the wonders of the highly
diverse resources on the Internet.
- Tim Nyerges (another rider on the "276")
who was the spiritus
rector behind our NSF proposal and implementation of our
Collaboratory. His sense for finding practical solutions, his
ability to find the right and $-persuasive "words" for funding proposals
and his enthusiasm for educational collaboration, all helped tremendously
and in different ways to connect the new technology to my own teaching
style and models.
Rick Ells (and others at Computing and
Communications) whose computer
classes and friendly hints filled in many of the gaps in my
wanting technology background.
The University "Friends of Access
Fund" [Office of Undergraduate Education] which financed a work-study
assistant and some special educational Web work during the 1997-98
The College of A&S granting a sabbatical leave for 1998.
My selfless volunteer learning assistants who made it possible to turn
the computer lab sessions with 60 students into an almost
one-on-one experience or who volunteered for one of my other projects, incl.
Service Learning, the Drop-in Clinics in the Geography Collaboratory or
the fledgling 'Adopt-a-Prof' program. These students'
feedback has helped immensely in making my Web system more user-friendly
and me hopefully a better learning facilitator.
The most important lesson I learned from these comrades-in-arms was that
of the importance of the concept of "selective hiding" and a staggered
release of Web content to students who, at times, seemed overwhelmed by
too much information. May I be forgiven for any omission of a helpful
- Wayne Brewer,
- Ryan Countryman,
- Fred Dent,
- Roland Holland,
- Brent Kroon,
- Bill Laine,
- Shaun McMullin,
- Nick Slepko,
- Nisha Thirumurthy,
- David Shim, and
- Duc M. Vo,
The countless students in my classes and labs whose anxieties, tolerance
for frustrations and outright enthusiasm for a
Web-based, active and participatory learning environment appear to have
dramatically improved motivation and learning outcomes.
My son Lars who taught me how to walk (through a computer store and many a
cyber region without
embarrassing myself). I would not be surprised if a survey would reveal
the importance of the off-spring behind most Web faculty above the age of
Undoubtedly, the heaviest burden is still carried by my wife Ursel who
from the beginning and without interruptions and complaints has had to
up with my hypertextual gobbledygook, the incredible time commitment on
top of my normal 70+ hour work week, the financial subsidization of the
project from the family budget, and the continuous demand of moral
The fact that I have to take exclusive responsibility for all
incomprehensible content, broken links, less than perfect HTML code, too
hasty proof-reading and all other shortcomings shall not diminish the
enormous contribution made by this team.