SUMMARY: Dr. Spear has 41 years of computer experience, including 28 years as a college professor, 6 years as a corporate manager of computer and engineering projects, and 7 years as an MIS specialist at the Navy Department. Dr. Spear's strengths are in computer security management, information systems education, distance learning and instructional technology, systems engineering, database systems, systems analysis and design, and computer programming. His publications include computer programming textbooks, numerous textbook reviews and technical reports, and journal articles in education and distance learning.
Certificate in Computer Security Management,
of Arts (in Community College Education, specializing in Information Systems),
Master of Science (in Foreign
of Arts (in Modern Languages),
African Virtual University, World Bank
Visiting Lecturer for the Executive MBA Program and for the Postgraduate Certificalte Program in Long Distance Learning.
PROFESSIONAL, NON-TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Research Corporation, Systems Engineering Division,
Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command. 1968-1975. Digital Computer Systems Administrator, Management Information Systems Specialist, Logisitcs Systems Analyst.
INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS AND PROJECTS:
Computer Literacy for a Nation”, a USAID-funded partnership between
University of Maryland/National
NetTel@Africa. This project partnered ten
African universities to develop a Web-based masters degree in information and
communications technoloigies (ICT) regulatory management. Included trips to the
· Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management (KIST) and the Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) (2000-2001). Consulted in distance learning.
Distance learning initiative of the Computer
Science Department of Vista University,
Member of Maryland/Lodz,
SELECTED PRESENTATIONS/POSITIONS CONCERNING DISTANCE LEARNING:
Presentation concerning the “Relate-Create-Donate: Computer
Literacy for a Nation” project, at the MERLOT International Conference,
Presentations concerning the “Relate-Create-Donate: Computer
Literacy for a Nation” project, at the ALO Synergy in Development Conferences
for 2004 and 2005,
NetTel@Africa Developers Workshop – one of the facilitators
and consultants in eLearning,
“Computer Literacy Workshop”, part of the “Relate-Create-Donate: Computer Literacy for a Nation” project, given jointly with Dr. Charles Ndagije during three weeks at the National University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda, June-July 2003. Three-week workshop given again in May/June 2004.
“Introduction to MS Office (on CD)”. Presentation given
jointly with Dr. Mary Helen Spear to the Maryland Distance Learning Association
“Transfusion of Distance Learning from
"Distance Learning Training Workshops." Seminars
for faculty and administrators during two weeks in
"The Serf Platform and Internet Literacy Course." Faculty
"Cross-Cultural Experiences on the Web" and "Standards of
Good Practice for Web-based Courses." Workshops given at the Millenium
"International Conference on Distance Education, Computer Technology, and Telecommunications." One week seminar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, given jointly with Dr. Mary Helen Spear and professors from Charles County Community College and Howard University Medical School, January 1999.
"Distance Learning Training Institute." One week seminar in Pretoria, South Africa, given jointly with Dr. Mary Helen Spear and Dr. Richard Siciliano, January 1999.
"Using a BBS for Collaborative, Cross-Cultural Learning." Ninth
International Conference on College Teaching and Learning,
A series of workshops concerning distance learning, computer information
systems education, and in-house development of distance learning courses and
programs. Given jointly with Dr. Mary Helen Spear during two weeks at the
University of Lodz, Poland, January 1996, June 1996, and June 1997. The
presentations concerning distance learning were repeated for audiences at
"Interactivity with a BBS: A Cross-Cultural Experiment." Spring
Conference of the College of the Air,
"Beyond Imagination -- a Distance Learning Course in Computer
Literacy." Fall Conference of the College of the Air,
Three presentations to participants in a Distance Education Seminar at
"A Distance Education Program for
Panel presenter at the National Teleconference on Distance Education, Maryland Public Television, February 1993.
"The Cutting Edge in Distance Education." International Television
"Extending Our Horizons with Instructional Technology: A Consortial Approach." National Council on Community Services and Continuing Education, October 1992.
"ITV: High-Tech Teaching." Annual Conference of the Association
for the Advancement of Community College Teaching,
"2WITV: 2 Way Interactive Television." Maryland College of the Air Conference, Annapolis, Maryland, November 1991; Guilford Technical Community College, May 1992; Prince George's Community College, November 1992.
"Will ITV Be Good For You?"
Spear, Bob (2004). Advanced Computer Programming in Visual
Basic .NET: A Case-Based Approach.
Mikurenda, Z., Spear, R. and Starzak, S. (2000). "The
Spear, R.J., and Spear, T.M. (2000). Computer Programming in Visual Basic
Spear, R.J., and Spear, M.H. "The Internet as the World Wide Link Among Cultures." Community College Week. Fall, 1998, October.
Spear, R.J., and Pillay, N. "Using a BBS for Collaborative,
Cross-Cultural Learning." Selected Papers and Awards from the Ninth
International Conference on College Teaching and Learning.
Spear, R.J. "PGCC Faculty Use
Spear, R.J., and Spear, T.M. (1997). Introduction to Computer Programming
with Visual Basic 4.0.
Spear, R.J. (1992). Recruitment and Retention of Black and Female
Students in Computer-Related Curricula at a Large Urban/Suburban Community
College. (Doctoral dissertation.)
Spear, R.J., and Spear, E.A. (1987). BASIC: Programming Fundamentals and
Spear, R.J. (1985). BASIC for Baseball Buffs.
Spear, R.J. "Innovations in Teaching Computer Literacy: A Classroom Research Project." Community/Junior College Quarterly of Research and Practice, v15 n4, p407-418, 1991.
Spear, R.J. "Leave Banking: PGCC Faculty and Administration Join to Sponsor Professional Development." Community, Technical, and Junior College Journal, v61 n5, p13-14, 1991.
CABLE TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS:
“Beyond Imagination” – Remake of an 8 part video series for a tele-web course in computer literacy. I was the writer and performer. Produced by Julian Gooding, PGCC Television (1999/2000).
“Beyond Imagination” – Original 8 part video series and 6 part audiotape series for a tele-course in computer literacy. I was the writer and performer. Produced by Linda Bruce, PGCC Television (1995/1996).
“Distance Learning Across the Ocean” – 7 part video series produced in
TEACHING AT A DISTANCE
I have taught college courses and given seminars and
workshops using almost every available distance learning technology, with the
sole exception of live radio. I have taught live telecourses at