While we have not implemented mandatory requirements, we are about to. We are in the process of switching from one LMS to another commencing this fall. Working with the provost we will enforce some basic minimum requirements that all faculty must embrace having to do with course material posted to the course site, assessment rubrics adhered to in assessing student progress and portfolio creation of faculty work. These requirements will go into effect this summer and I will be interested to see how this "forced" use of what is a basic classroom tool by all faculty works.
Thomas H. Carnwath
Technology and Information Services
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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From: Fred Estrella >
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv >
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:28 PM
To: "CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" >
Subject: [CIO] Making the Use of Technology Mandatory for Faculty
In recent conversations with my University President, he revealed his frustration with the unwillingness of some faculty to use technology to enhance their teaching. Our university, like many across the U.S.A., have invested lots of money on technology. Such tech tools include learning management systems, ubiquitous wireless networks, lecture capture, online library materials, student success initiatives, smart classrooms, etc. But the rate of use by faculty is frequently disappointing. The President totally understands professor’s academic freedom in the classroom but cannot understand some faculty’s reluctance to adopt 21st Century teaching techniques which take advantage of today’s technology tools. This observation lead to other questions such as should we define a minimum set of tools each faculty member is required to use? Have any other universities or colleges implemented mandatory technology use by their faculty and, if yes, how did they implement such a policy? After these conversations, I thought I would bring this topic to this group.
So I’m asking has any university or college implemented a mandatory requirement for faculty to use technology tools as part of their normal teaching practice? Please contact me directly so we can schedule a phone call.
Chief Information Technology Officer
Northern Arizona University
PO Box 5100
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5100
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