I am Virginia Montecino, and I retired in June, 2004 from teaching at George
Mason University in Fairfax
County, Virginia, where I
taught since 1985.
My most rewarding teaching experiences occured when I was a visiting
assistant professor at New
Century College, an integrative studies, learning community model
education at GMU.
I have been
involved in enhancing
teaching and learning with technology for many years. I created
guides and resources.
I designed a computer-mediated,
distance learning advanced composition curriculum (See
related article .).
incorporated many Internet based teaching and learning activities into
classroom practice, both in real-time classes and in asynchronous,
courses on Information
in the Digital Age, Internet Literacy, Cyberculture and Virtual
Introduction to Computer Science, Advanced Composition for Science
technical writing, literature, and multidisciplinary courses. My
Web site has extensive material pertinent to teaching
and learning with technology.
Association of Colleges and Universities) conference on "PRACTICING
LIBERAL EDUCATION: Deepening Knowledge, Pursuing Justice, Taking
Presented with Lesley Smith and Jim Young on "The Learner-Centered
How Teaching with Technology Transforms Theory into Practice: Teaching
with technology drives faculty to move beyond the now "safe" model of
teaching in which faculty authority can easily remain largely
into a more experimental model where they share authority with their
Washington, D.C, Jan. 23.
(American Association of Higher Education)
- Presented with Lesley Smith and Jim Young on "Sustaining Innovation:
Grass Roots Faculty Leadership for Change" (http://classweb.gmu.edu/nccassess/aahe/),
based on our College of Arts and Sciences "Technology
the Curriculum" grant. We also conducted a workshop which modeled
principles of exchange, collaboration and authority sharing, that
successful technology-enriched teaching and curriculum design,
D.C., March 15
Across the Curriculum
Conference) Writing, Teaching and Learning in New Contexts, Indiana
University, June 1, 2001, Session 7D - Writing
In and Across New Contexts.
A Service Learning Tool to Bridge the Digital Divide," for Bridging the
Gap: Service Learning To Social Justice, June 2000, at the National
Gathering of the Invisible College For Service Learning Educators,
University. Presented with Molly Davis, Social Work, on student service
learning projects - my students in NCLC 249 - Internet Literacy,
tutored students in technology skills at non-profit computer learning
(Virginia Assessment Group) Conference on "The Assessment of IT
in a Learning Community at GMU" - presented with James Young,
VA, Nov 5, 1999.
(National Council of Teachers of English - 4Cs.
Chaired" Making the Invisible Visible in the Paradoxical Intimacy /
Distance Environment of a Web-based Composition Class - Atlanta, March
for Programs in Scientific and Technical Communication) presented
Jim Henry on "A 7:1 Student/Teacher Ratio at a State University? A
Environment in a Technical Writing Course Makes it Possible . . . ," See
the WEB, and MOOs: Developing the Writing Skills of University Students
in Cyberspace" - by the Consortium of Universities of the
in Cyberspace: Asynchronous Anxiety," TCC - Online
Conference, sponsored by Kapi'olani Community College, Hawaii, for Trends and Issues in Online Instruction
in Cyberspace " for "Astride the Divide: Mapping New Rhetorical
in the Teaching of Composition," Third Epiphany
on College Composition and Communication) "Teaching teachers CMC
for classroom practice" - Conference on College Composition and
University GMU TV panel on Distance Learning
(Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Computers and Writing - presentation on distance learning, computer-mediated
English 302- Advanced Composition (pedagogy and technology)
for Teaching and Learning with Technology Roundtable's, affiliated with
distance learning English 302 to members of the Virginia Business
Arts and Sciences Technology Across the Curriculum grant (Oct. 2001) - with Lesley Smith and Jim
Young - for a New Century College-wide project to survey faculty about their IT
learning goals, to build on the integrated technology sequences in New
Century College first year learning communities, to develop guidelines
for electronic portfolios and to develop an electronic presentation of
Mason University, College
of Arts and Sciences Technology
Across the Curriculum grant (Dec. 1999) - with Jim Young and Lesley
Smith - to develop ways to assess the impact of information technology on
ability to learn.
in Celebration of
Learning grant project (1999) on "Crossing the Digital Divide Through
Learning," initiated by Dr. Molly Davis, Dept. of Social Work to
technology transfer strategies for linking GMU students with community
agencies through service learning. As part of Molly Davis's project,
in my NCLC 249 - Internet Literacy class, provided technology outreach
to students at community sites to improve technology literacy in the
specialist for the College of Arts and Sciences - Along
my teaching responsibilities, my job included researching teaching and
learning with technology and helping faculty envision ways to enhance
teaching with technology. For example, I taught faculty how to create
pages and how to facilitate class discussion using computer-mediated
Coordinator, English Department - I advised secondary education
majors and evaluated transfer credits.
Member of NCC Council for Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS); BIS liaison for New Century College.
Past committee work: Served on a faculty panel in Jan 2002 to establish
standards for a technology test to measure student technology
(in response to a charge from the State Council of Higher Education);
Department composition committee, GMU distance learning task force.
Review manuscripts on topics such as Internet literacy,
digital information, teaching
and learning with computer-mediated communication, writing across
communication software programs and user manuals for applications such as: Norton Textra Connect, University On
6th Floor Media's Commonspace, Daedalus. Contribute
content to online educational sites, such as Blackboard.com.
study on experiential
learning in chapter called "Utilizing Case Studies to Link
to the Service Learning Experience, " Oates, K.K. and Leavitt, L.H.
Communities and Service Learning: Integration and Assessment. AACU
Washington, D.C.; Inventio
(ejournal) review titled "Multi-Layered Literacy," of Global Literacies and the World Wide
by Hawisher and Selfe ; Response to Media
Bytes: Computers, Writing & Distance Learning in English
Matters (Issue 3); Web sites: Online
Writing Guide for New Century College Students (See related Mason
References to my
on College Composition and Communication, Educause,
Institute, HTML Writers' Guild.