Charge 2011-2012

ATSC 2011-2012 CHARGES

Charge #1 – Wireless

In 2010, over 97% of incoming Keene State College students arrived on campus with a laptop. The advent of wireless access in classrooms is a major step forward for Keene State as it allows for greater flexibility in teaching and learning with greater pedagogical opportunities across the campus.  To assist both faculty and students, ATSC is charged with the following:

    • Work with faculty, Student Affairs, and campus constituents to develop the rights and responsibilities of faculty and students in the use of classroom wireless technology.
    • As you do this keep in mind existing documentation including the College Network User Policy (CNUP)and material from the Office of Disability Services (ODS)

ATSC members are encouraged to take a leading role in professional development activities around the rights and responsibilities.

Charge #2 - Specialized/Discipline Lab

During the 2010-2011 academic year, ATSC was charged with completing an in-depth analysis of the efficiency and effectiveness of the specialized/discipline labs on campus including both faculty and student perspectives. Based on those findings, and the percentage of students arriving on campus with a laptop (97% in 2010), the charge for ATSC is as follows:

    • Develop strategies to reduce the number of computers and/or specialized/discipline labs
    • Make recommendations for meeting department needs for the activities that take place in these labs (faculty and student perspectives)
    • Make recommendations about how programs could share lab space and share software cost. Consider questions such as:
      • How would this impact lab monitors/supervisors
      • How does this impact software upgrades
    • As more is given up, investigate how to build more into classrooms and/or the cloud to support faculty and student needs
    • Work with ITG to establish a protocol for shared licensing and regularized upgrades

Charge #3 Showcase Event

Last year ATSC organized and implemented a faculty showcase event. While attendance was light, the event was widely seen as successful by those participated. Congratulations!

ATSC is charged this year with organizing the Faculty Showcase event this coming year. Issues to be decided in the relatively near term include:

  • Theme: Should we stay with the “Secret Revolution” theme, or rotate the theme each year?
  • Keynote: Is a keynote financially possible this year, and if so, who might we invite? Are there relatively local options that could cut travel costs for us?
  • Integration with other initiatives: What initiatives on campus should be integrated into this event, and how can we integrate them? We are particularly interested in how the event might integrate the Conway ATI participants, but would also be interested in other possible partnerships.
  • Attendance: As mentioned, the one weak spot in the past year’s showcase was the small amount of participating faculty (not unusual for an event’s first year). The committee might set a reasonable goal for increase, and develop a plan to achieve that.

In making these decisions, ATSC is advised to review comments from last year’s participants.

After these and other decisions are made ATSC will implement the call for presentations, general publicity, presentation schedule, and coordinate the rooms and food for the event (as last year). ATSC will also coordinate communication with the keynote speaker (if a keynote speaker is possible), and work with the VPAA’s office on travel.

Charge #4  Faculty technology survey

Last year’s faculty technology survey received an unprecedented level of response from our community, and has established a baseline for use of technology in the classroom.

ATSC will review the results of the survey and determine whether any new questions should be added or old questions deleted. In general, the survey should be kept as similar to last year’s survey as possible to preserve its integrity as a trend-tracking tool, but there may be some obvious substitutions that are worth changing.

A new giveaway will also have to be determined for this year.

As was the case last year, ATSC is not only responsible for making these decisions, but for running and promoting the survey, collecting results, and reporting on findings based on those results. The findings this year should include an analysis of any changes from last year’s baseline results, presuming the response rate is sufficient this year to make such an analysis valuable.

Charge #5 Metrics for Strategic Planning framework

Perhaps the most challenging charge. Under the college’s stated strategic priorities, under the heading  Academic Excellence and Student Success -- a stated goal of the college is to

“Use technology as a dynamic resource for gaining knowledge and maximizing engagement”

How do we define student success? What constitutes a use of technology for engagement versus some other purpose?

It is not really possible to pursue this goal meaningfully without at least some basic answers to these questions.

This charge asks the committee to answer these questions in a way that reflects the shared values of Keene State College, and to suggest one or more metrics that might help us measure our progress towards this goal of using technology as a tool to increase engagement and student success.

The results of this work could range anywhere from a BYU-style “Learning Model” to a simple definition of terms with a list of inputs, outputs, and outcomes. Whatever the format, it should be sufficient to provide guidance to the college on prioritizing various initiatives and support for different forms of academic technology use.The final document will help guide CELT, IT, and others involved in the implementation educational technology. Depending on the format, it may also serve as a resource for faculty looking to understand effective ways to use technology in the classroom.