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Dear HabermasTechnology Application

California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest update: October 30, 1998
Faculty on the Site.

Technology Grant Application
to Associated Students, Inc.

Update submitted on February 10, 1999.

Application of New Technology Skills through Student-Operated Journal

Dean's Office Awareness of Application Submission: _______________

Project Director: ___________________

Jeanne Curran, Ph.D., Esq.
Professor, Project Co-Director
Department of Sociology
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Campus Phone: 310-243-3831

Susan R. Takata, Ph.D.
Professor, Project Co-director
Department of Sociology/Anthropology
Interim Director of Criminal Justice Program
University of Wisconsin, Parkside (UWP)

Jim Shire, Undergraduate Student
Technology Consultant for Team
Can be reached at Curran's office: x3831

This grant requests funds for the technological needs to operate the Dear Habermas site from CSUDH. UWP has provided comparable support for the Wisconsin site.

Technology Team, Faculty and Staff:

Pat Acone, M.A., All But Thesis
Advising Professional
Undergraduate Advising Center
Campus Phone: 310-243-2126

Robert Christie, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

Margaret Blue, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Advising Center

Technology Team, Students:

Jim Shire, Economics
P.J. Robinson, Human Services
Marlene Boykin, Human Services
Carla Gonzales, Sociology
Honor Dolly Klett, Behavioral Sciences B.A.
Lawrence Armstrong, African-American History

Project Objectives

Hardware updates and software additions to maintain the speed at which the journal is developing into an academic community of online publishing within the liberal arts disciplines. The Technology Funds are particularly appropriate, as the Dear Habermassite was developed as an on-going, student-operated project. Both Curran at CSUDH and Takata at UWP have twenty years of research and publication with student-operated research projects. The Dear Habermas site unites them in team teaching across the country.

  1. Hardware updates providing an adequate screen size and memory to permit three to five student editors to share effectively the work station in Curran's office. We need to teach in the office because of licensing constraints that do not permit us to run the requisite software in the computer labs. The office has been re-arranged to permit small group teaching with the work station.

    The software we use, HTML editors, professional level WS_FTP Pro, professional site maintenance software, Director 6, Authorware for developing distance teaching materials, and others are not available on site licenses. We cannot access this software legally through the labs, which are not ideal sites for editing a journal, anyway. So we must share a workstation that is licensed, by either Sociology purchases, or Curran's personal software. We need to update the work station used for this specific training to accomodate the many programs (Microsoft's FrontPage 98, Brooknorth's HTML Assistant Pro, Director 6, Flash, SPSS) we all use comfortably. We also need to provide adequate viewing through a system of a well-placed and larger screens that will obviate the tendency to print in hard copy when one cannot clearly view the screen. We already have LAN access in this office and in another which the Sociology department has dedicated to the project. This is an interactive teaching process, where we need to work together at a given station. Curran has the space, with the Department of Sociology sanction to use this space for our work on the journal. The department has already begun plans to increase our work space for this purpose, from space the department controls.

    We are asking here for more computer power than the department can provide on its OE budget.

  2. Specific items we have found to be essential to our work on the journal, and which we have not been able to obtain through other sources:

    • Scanner

    • Graphics program, probably Adobe Photoshop, since that is what most of us use and know well.

    • Server for local practice and training, so that students acquire a full range of technological skills for their later professional use.

  3. Research assistant monies.

    To learn to maintain a Web site requires practice time. To run Dear Habermasstudents need to be comfortable with the software, which comes primarily with frequent use in familiar contexts: practice. We also need to train those students who will take over when the present staff members graduate, and provide them with the opportunity to take over gradually, with other staff members present to guide them. We need assistants to keep the designated sociology offices open with students schooled in this technology as we train new students. The whole staff also need some support for our own research time, which has resulted in ten professional presentation papers already accepted for 1999. Many of our students are planning to go on for doctorates.

Range of Students Served and Outreach Aspects

The Dear Habermas site went up in early January of 1998. Limitations on both hardware and software meant that we learned to incorporate hard copy, snail mail, and e-mail, right along with the more sophisticated Internet approaches which were our ultimate goal for publication. The site has been in constant construction since that time. It has a link on the CSUDH homepage and on the UWP Criminal Justice homepage. The site is included as one of three main projects on Virtual Faculty, a global teaching faculty,dedicated to team-teaching over the Internet. The site can also be found under Martin Ryder's "Postmodern Thought" at the University of Colorado at Denver, where the Collateral Sites will offer you a link to Dear Habermas. That's pretty effective outreach to the academic community.

On campus, we are serving freshmen through seniors and graduate students. Witness the students who are on our Project team. They come from many disciplines, presently within the Social and Behavioral Sciences, but often also from Business, from Public Administration, and from Humanities.

In addition, we service the community. Any project which furthers the goal of public discourse is welcomed from any non-profit agency or organization. And we include high school students and elementary students, often family members of our students, on the site. We work directly with Children of the Night.

Over the course of the last semester we began team-taching with UWP. Our students became sufficiently adept at working with the WEB that they shifted to creating their own Web pages for the growth of the site. Until now Curran and Takata have had to upload materials, in addition to traditional scholarly editing. As the site grows we need a server on which our students can learn to upload and to maintain more of the site. This is particularly important because we have found an effective way to include the newest technology in the actual substantive production of our courses. For that, an integral local server that we can maintain and teach our students to maintain is needed.


The site is in present use in four undergraduate classes at CSUDH, in one class at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside, and will be used in one graduate class and two undergraduate classes at CSUDH in the Spring. This includes approximately 150 student this Fall, and should include another 100 or so in the Spring. Evaluation forms have been prepared for all classes. In addition, students are asked regularly to design the site interactively with the faculty, which is how the Project Team was formed.



  1. Student research assistants to cover workstation:
    $10 per hour x 20 hours per week x 3 students. ---- $600

  2. Student research assistants to cover analysis and preparation of reports and professional papers for publication and dissemination, including the evaluation analysis.
    $15 per hour x 20 hours per week x4 students. ---- $1200

Equipment and Supplies

  1. Computer Equipment

    1. Pentium, 400 MH, 128 MG RAM, 6 gigabyte hard drive, and zip drive, and 19 inch monitor.

      Vendor 1: Dell (
      Estimated Cost: $3852, with most of equipment we are asking for.
      Vendor 2:Cal State Fullerton (
      Estimated Cost: $2979 on an Optiplex, which might fit better into our workspace, but would need some updating. Estimate $1000 for updating.

    2. Scanner

      1. ScanMaker X6EL, by Microtec. Offers best possibilities for images we will need for Dear Habermas.

        1. Vendor 1: PC connection (
          Estimated Cost: $249.99
        2. Vendor 2: Microtek (
          $249 suggested street price.

      2. Office supplies: Includes ink cartridges for HPIII printer, and minor office supplies as needed because of increased usage of Curran's office workstation.

        Vendor: Standard campus vendor. (br) Estimated cost: $200.

        Total Requested: $5201