Final ATSC Report 2010-2011
Charge 1: Review of Academic Affairs Technology Plan
Created in 2007 and adopted in 2008, the Academic Affairs Technology Plan provides “an overarching vision and direction for academic technology first within Academic Affairs and then more broadly for the campus”.
As stated in the plan the AATP “...is the building block upon which all academic technology issues and initiatives stand. Campus planning proposals, requests to CITC for funding, and curricular development initiatives involving academic technology should specifically reference the Academic Technology Strategic Plan and relate how their initiative supports and/or furthers this vision.”
The entire plan is located here: http://keeneweb.org/celt/files/2008/12/keenestatecollege_academic_affairs_technology_plan_111808.pdf
The AATP is intended to be a living document that provided the vision for the adoption and use of academic technology. However, the plan needs to be updated so that it can:
1. provide vision for future academic technology initiatives
2. inventory current (and past) campus initiatives that use the nine principles of effective learning environments.
Charge 2: Technology Trends
Keene State has an institutional commitment to promoting innovative and effective technology use, as outlined in both the Academic Plan and the Academic Affairs Technology Plan, but it is often difficult to tell in what ways we are actually using technology in the classroom. What is the level of adoption of Web 2.0 technology? Do faculty incorporate web video into their courses? Is Blackboard used for interaction with students or as a document storage area?
As this committee discovered in its past session when its charge had a different focus, lack of basic information in such areas makes it difficult to make informed decisions about technology use.
Charge 3 - Specialized/Discipline Lab Review
Keene State has 18 specialized and discipline-specific labs on the campus and there is one proposed for the renovated Adams Tech/Butterfield building. Unfortunately little is known about how the work taking place in these learning spaces is related to learning outcomes within the major and specific courses, if it is.
Charge 4: Showcase of Faculty Engaged Learning
"The Secret Revolution"faculty technology showcase - Friday, 2/18/11 - http://bit.ly/htL5R5
Professional development in instructional technology:
2004 and following in 2005 and 2006, Academic Affairs and the Information Technology Group funded faculty technology grants that resulted in the “Instructional Technology Best Practices” fair where grant recipients presented the results of their project to colleagues. Each event was kicked off by national leaders in the field of technology and educational technology including Jon Udell (social software), Marc Prensky (digital immigrants, digital natives), and Helen Barrett (e-portfolios). By tying grant outcomes to the vision of national leaders, faculty at KSC were able to see the linkage between theory and national trends to the work colleagues were doing. Eleven grants were awarded in three years.
2004, 2005, 2006
Other faculty-focused events include scheduled ‘how-to’ workshops, less formal ‘brown-bag’ demonstrations or discussions, and once-a-year guest speakers such as the December 2008 presentation by Terry Doyle (“Helping Students Learn in a Learner Centered Environment”).
The challenge with previous efforts has been the inability to sustain and regularize professional development that supports both technology adoption and student centered instruction. The results have often been the adoption of technology that supports instructivism with little understanding of how to create opportunities for students to use technology for their own learning.