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. . . the program facilitates

reading and creates a virtual

“Teacher within the Text” . . .

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Universal Learning Design Is Coming…

Harbor College is advancing technology in education by fo- cusing on how to effectively integrate digital textbooks into our classes for students who have difficulties with reading and study strategies. We are responding to our next genera- tion by pushing the boundaries of innovation with a learning platform that integrates technol- ogy with a student support net- work.

Using the Kurzweil 3000 text-to- speech software, the program facilitates reading and creates a virtual “Teacher within the Text” linking teachers and students together in a dynamic, digital learning environment. These innovative textbooks bridge the digital divide by transforming reading into an interactive, multi

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    sensory experience vital for

today’s technology-savvy learn- ers. Students see the text and hear it being read to them via a computer. They also receive information that instructors em- bed as footnotes into the text.

Our goal is to improve the qual- ity of student learning by:

Providing technology for read- ing and study strategies Embedding instructor’s guid- ance in the digital text Empowering students to be responsible for their learn- ing

This program is supported by the Harbor College Essential Skills Committee, the Learning Assis- tance Center, and several faculty members across disciplines.

Harbor College has been cho- sen as one of four California Community Colleges to be a part of the CCC Chancellor’s office Universal Learning De- sign Project for the 2008 -2009 academic year. Several college campuses in California have already implemented this de- sign with much success. A workshop will be offered some time in November. Watch for the announcement.

For more information about this project, visit the following web site. www.collegeinfocus.com

You may also contact Sally Fasteau at ext. 4240

Sally Fasteau

Harbor Welcomes Two New Full-Time Faculty

Kent Stoddart joined the English department as a full-time faculty member this fall.

For the last eight years, he has been teaching an array of English courses at Harbor and El Camino College. Prior to teaching, Kent worked professionally in theater, television, and motion pictures as an actor and a writer. He contin- ues to write as a theater critic for The Beach Reporter.

Daryle Nagano-Krier, a new addition to the Communications Department in Fall 2008, was hired on as a full-time Speech Communications faculty mem- ber. For the past 11 years, she has been teaching Speech Com- munication and Business Writing courses at California State Uni- versity and El Camino College.

She is excited and honored to be a part of the Harbor College team. Since Daryle’s passion is

to communicate, she decided to complete her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at CSUF in Speech Communica- tion so that she could teach in that field. She also coached and judged forensics at El Camino College. Daryle truly believes that once you find the job you love, you never have to work another day in your life! If you don’t see Daryle teaching, she is most likely traveling with her husband and three doggies.

With the help of some excellent community college professors, Kent successfully transferred from LACC to CSULA where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree. Kent’s mother and father met while they were attending Harbor College. Needless to say, he feels right at home.

“A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Kent Stoddart

Daryle Nagano-Krier

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