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Goal: Support Academic Achievements of Faculty and Students

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Goal

 

To significantly enhance and become recognized for the quality of our academic programs and the academic achievements of our faculty and students.

 

Challenge

 

Our challenge is immediate. With an anticipated decline in graduating high school seniors we are challenged with finding new methods for reaching and attracting students. Traditional marketing efforts have worked well in the past but are unable to showcase achievements that are not easily measured. GPA's, Dean's List, Honor Society membership, conference presentations, and other formally recognized awards are important accomplishments to be honored however we need to think hard about 1) the defintion of achievement and recognize that students and faculty achieve in a variety of venues and 2) capitalize on new technologies to spotlight our success. Limiting our definition and our scope does a great disservice to our students, faculty, and our institution.

 

"The public discourse suggests that the time has come to show – more transparently than ever before – that our approaches to teaching result in the kinds of learning we have identified as important for students today. Aligning our learning outcomes assessments with the multitude of creative technology-enabled faculty and student activities already under way is a significant step toward understanding the progress we have made in higher education to this point, and it might also provide useful pointers to progress in a new economy". <Moore>. Providing the outside world an opportunity to experience what authentic learning is (and what authentic teaching is) is the first step towards transparency.

 

 

Approach

 

Transparency.  

 

There is no loss for high quality material that represent the achievements of our students and faculty. Many of the achievements are familiar gems that we regularly showcase as evidence that we are educating intelligent, creative, critical thinkers. Unfortunatley many of the greatest accomplishments aren't shared beyond the classroom walls. How then do we capture and share with the world the great intellectual work of our students and faculty?

 

The rapid growth of user friendly technology specifically the birth of social networking applications have transformed how we interact with and understand information. Stephen Downes points out that the particpatory nature of the web has shifted frombeing a medium in which information was transmitted and consumed, into being a platform, in which content is created, shared, remixed, repurposed, and passed along. We are no longer tied to traditional avenues of information-getting but instead have we've shifted, as John Seely Brown states, "from an intellectual economy of push to one of pull".

 

What does this mean for us as we strive to meet our goals? Simply put it means that we embrace the evolution of technology and become participants in our own story. It means that our community chronicle our own achievements and academic successes.

 

 

 

 

<Hagel & Brown> the Instead technology has been we have the opportunity to hear a variety of voices as well as the opportunity to give voice to......

 

 

 

 

 

Achieve in a variety of ways

    Technology nurtures creativity and supports knowlege building which can lead to innovation

 

 

Become recognized for the accomplishments of our students and faculty

learning in action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[MC: Need some text in here about what academic achievements are -- is getting an A in a class an academic achievement? I think it's deeper than that -- maybe also more related to engagement.]

 

I think the challenge here is thinking about our notion of achievement, and how technology can assist with achievement versus simple course delivery.

 

But of course it's double edged -- to the extent we use technology to make course delivery less taxing, we do free up hours that faculty or students might better spend on achievement.

 

Just scattered thoughts right now....but need perhaps to start with definition of "Academic Achievements"

 

Desired Outcomes

 

<Anne H. Moore: http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eqm0730.pdf>

<John Hagel & John Seely Brown: http://www.johnhagel.com/paper_pushpull.pdf>

 

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