Vision: Talking Heads version

Items that need mention in the Academic Technology Vision:


What we think is important

In order to realize the benefits and value of technology, we need to intentionally promote the intelligent use of technology as a way to explore new approaches to learning, teaching, scholarship, and service.


Effective use of technology as a path to engagement pedagogies


Technology fluency is the new liberal art

Liberal arts schools have long had a mission to shape the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. "A well-rounded, engaged citizen of the twenty-first century will grapple with many technology-related issues that span the college experience. In the broadest sense, students today need to learn how to approach computing in a healthy manner. Issues such as managing information overload, understanding intellectual property and ethics, following good ergonomic practices, and handling security and privacy well will be central to a long and happy life for students, faculty, and staff alike. Institutions that achieve the greatest success will approach technology in a comprehensive manner that addresses such topics."


Embrace learning

Learning is messy and can be risky thererfore we need to provide an environment that encourages curiosity and risk-taking with ample technical support and resources to encourage thoughtful approaches to learning and teaching. We must allow learning to drive technology adoption.



Encourage thoughtful use of new technology

New technology can address areas of learning and teaching that current technology may not. Random adoption of new technology is often discouraged as it is unkown, difficult if not impossible to support, and unclear if and how it might impact other campus processes. A program that would encourage a small pool of select faculty to try a new technology in their teaching would be a way to drive discussions about pedagogy, student learning, and student engagement. This appraoch would put students first and would promote leading edge student engagement <collaborating with IT is key...>


Capacity building

Unless an institution’s faculty learn how to improve their ability to teach in a way that promotes greater student engagement and more significant learning, all other institutional changes will have limited impact on the true bottom line in higher education: higher quality student learning (Dee Fink)