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Thoughts on ECAR “National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology 2011”

This week’s reading for our New Media Faculty Seminar is the ECAR “National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology 2011” found at http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ERS1103/ERS1103W.pdf.

The several College of Business faculty who are working on a Technology Initiatives Task Force met this week. What is interesting is how we think we might help our colleagues become more effective users of instructional technology coincides with several of the recommendations in the ECAR study.

For example, Recommendation 1 is to “Investigate your students’ technology needs and preferences and create an  action plan to better integrate technology into courses and help students access institutional and academic information from their many and diverse devices and platforms.” Our NMFS and Technology Initiatives Task Force has the same approach to help our faculty: we need to ask them how they want to use technology in their courses.

Recommendation 2 is to provide professional development opportunities for faculty. We are planning brown bag lunches and/or seminars, early evening workshops followed by dinner, and an ongoing Desire2Learn course for all faculty and staff.

Recommendation 6 is to nail the basics: “Help faculty and administrators excel at supporting students’ use of core productivity software and applications for academic use, including, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, content or learning management systems, library sites, and bibliography tools.” Exactly what we said; we want to help our colleagues comfortable with these tools so they can make their students comfortable as well.

Regarding Recommendation 10 on moving “strategically toward blended/hybrid learning environments to meet students’ preferred styles of learning.”, here, too, we want to encourage our colleagues’ use of technology to engage students between face-to-face meetings.

April 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

Encouraging use of new technologies among business faculty

One of the outcomes of the March 5 brown bag seminar “The Reluctant Technologist” was the idea for a Technology Initiatives Task Force within the College of Business at Benedictine University.

A few of the issues identified at the seminar as obstacles to faculty adoption of new technologies were time, trust, teaching, and training. To clarify some of the issues: Time…who has extra time to explore something new, with no guarantee of success? Trust…what about the faculty member who tries something new and does not meet with success? Teaching…how does a faculty member identify a new technology or a new application appropriate to his/her discipline? Training…just-in-time and directly applicable to a course.

The objective of the task force would be to address these. We have done a bit of brainstorming and hope to organize our thoughts in the next couple of weeks. We would like to kick off our work with a brown bag lunch during April or May in which we would like to pose these questions to interested faculty:

  • What kind of help would you like from us?
  • Should we help with instructional technology, social media, and/or Office software?

We have identified at least two strategies:

  • Technology tips of the week to include something of general interest, something related to instructional technology, and something related to the use of social media.
  • Periodic brown-bag seminars where we might do some show-and-tell and/or have a question-and-answer session.

April 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm 1 comment

Thoughts on the New Media Faculty Seminar at Benedictine University

What will be included on this blog are thoughts and comments on a number of readings. I am participating in the New Media Faculty Seminar at Benedictine University.

Our intent is “greater understanding of the cross-disciplinary foundation from which these tools were created, why social media came about, and becom[ing] comfortable using these tools to help you meet your own learning and research goals” as noted here.

 

Please comment.

February 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm 1 comment


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