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We are trying to engage our faculty and staff more in order to better discuss issues, ideas and events surrounding educational technology. We want to promote dialogue and events focused on technology in learning and teaching and encourage sharing and feedback from faculty and staff to help guide our future technology directions.

 

We call our group Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS). It is based on a similarly named group at U. of Wisconsin (http://comets.wisc.edu/), from where we got the idea: http://www.comets.iastate.edu/.

 

I have been looking for evidence of how this is done across different educational institutions, but am coming up short.

 

I am hoping some of you can share some ideas of how you do it and maybe link to any websites you use to promote this communication.

 

Thank you!


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Jacob E. Larsen, Ph.D.
Emerging Technology Specialist
Academic Technologies

Iowa State University

Information Technology Services

jlarsen@iastate.edu

 

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Hi Everyone,

 

We are trying to engage our faculty and staff more in order to better discuss issues, ideas and events surrounding educational technology. We want to promote dialogue and events focused on technology in learning and teaching and encourage sharing and feedback from faculty and staff to help guide our future technology directions.

 

We call our group Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS). It is based on a similarly named group at U. of Wisconsin (http://comets.wisc.edu/), from where we got the idea: http://www.comets.iastate.edu/.

 

I have been looking for evidence of how this is done across different educational institutions, but am coming up short.

 

I am hoping some of you can share some ideas of how you do it and maybe link to any websites you use to promote this communication.

 

Thank you!


~~~~~~~~~~~~
Jacob E. Larsen, Ph.D.
Emerging Technology Specialist
Academic Technologies

Iowa State University

Information Technology Services

jlarsen@iastate.edu

 

 

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We are trying to engage our faculty and staff more in order to better discuss issues, ideas and events surrounding educational technology. We want to promote dialogue and events focused on technology in learning and teaching and encourage sharing and feedback from faculty and staff to help guide our future technology directions.

 

We call our group Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS). It is based on a similarly named group at U. of Wisconsin (http://comets.wisc.edu/), from where we got the idea: http://www.comets.iastate.edu/.

 

I have been looking for evidence of how this is done across different educational institutions. I have found some information by visiting different university websites, would still like more info – especially about initiatives or practices that are not necessarily shared publicly, such as regular meetings with faculty groups.

 

I am hoping some of you can share some ideas of how you do it and maybe link to any websites you use to promote this communication.

 

Regards,

Jacob

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Jacob E. Larsen, Ph.D.
Emerging Technology Specialist
Academic Technologies

Iowa State University

Information Technology Services
1310 Communications Building
Ames, Iowa 50011-3243
515-294-5304

 

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We’re a pretty small college, so it’s probably easier for us to be closer to our faculty and staff than a larger college or university.  That said, here’s what we do:

 

We have two groups that meet regularly during the academic year.  One is a Technology Steering Committee, with members chosen from mostly administrative offices such as Finance, Purchasing, Admissions, Institutional Advancement, Marketing, and IT.  There are two faculty appointed to serve on the committee as well, so it gives the opportunity for some cross-pollination.  It’s led by the CIO, and is a forum for any projects that involve all or most of those groups.  The other group is a Library and Educational Technology committee, whose membership is all faculty plus ex-oficio members from IT and the Library.  This group serves as a faculty advisory group to those two ex-oficio members.

 

In addition to these groups, we have loaded our Staff Council with IT members (which gives us a platform), and we also sponsor several multi-day faculty workshops where we engage self-selected faculty in deeper thought about technology and learning.  We use the ECAR survey on Student and Faculty Perceptions of Technology on an annual basis to get input and ideas for future efforts.  We use every possible opportunity we can find to include faculty and staff in our decision making, and it has definitely paid off. 

 

 

Thanks,

Sue

 

HI Jacob,

I’m a co-chair on a committee that develops technology events for faculty. One of our primary goals is to spark discussions among faculty and their IT partners about the ways in which technology can enhance teaching and research at the University.

Here’s an abstract from a presentation we gave at a conference last summer:

How can we effectively connect with faculty to meet their needs and share our expertise? At the University of Chicago, a small but intrepid group called the Umbrella Initiative accepted the challenge.

 

Our faculty events introduce faculty to the IT tools available to them while creating stronger ties between IT staff and faculty; increasing collaboration across campus IT organizations; and facilitating connections among our faculty members.

 

We will present a taste of our fall receptions and show participants how to organize successful technology events for their faculty. Three stations, each hosted by an Umbrella co-chair, will offer participants a chance to engage with each other and with us, as we discuss the Faculty Technology Receptions, Faculty Technology Day, and the partnerships and outcomes.

 

Since 2005, members of the Umbrella Initiative (a consortium of IT organizations at the University of Chicago) have joined forces to produce quality IT events for our faculty. What began as a yearly wine and cheese reception designed to introduce faculty and researchers to campus technology services and the IT partners that support them has expanded to a include a one-day conference held each spring to explore the more in-depth uses of technology in teaching and research.

 

We seek to create prestigious events to engage large numbers of faculty. We work to include themes and topics of interest to our academics; we carefully select wine and cheese pairings that are sophisticated and intriguing; we take pains to set up our venues to draw in individuals and promote engagement. And our efforts have paid off – attendance at our events has grown each year and our connections with our faculty have never been stronger. We will also cover how such efforts have resulted in new, and sometimes unexpected, partnerships that may not have otherwise occurred (including one marriage!). 


There is some more information at our website is at http://umbrella.uchicago.edu  

I’ve left the registration form open for reference.

I hope this helps,
Valerie

Valerie Archambeau
Director, College Information Technology, University of Chicago
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Hi Jacob.  When I was at Penn State, the Education Technology Services group was known for engaging faculty around new tools, services, and pedagogical techniques: blogging, podcasting, educational games, flipped course models, educational multimedia (produced by students), mobile learning, Google Earth, faculty showcase events, etc…  I’m building the same kind of engagement/support structure at the University of Miami now.

Are you going to ELI next week?  If so, we can meet up and talk about some strategies.  Others on this list are invited as well.

     -Allan-

Allan Gyorke

Assistant Vice President for Information Technology

Chief Academic Technology Officer

P: (305) 284-6101


From: <Larsen>, "Lars J [ITACD]" <jlarsen@IASTATE.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE Instructional Technologies Constituent Group Listserv <INSTTECH@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:22 PM
To: "INSTTECH@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" <INSTTECH@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: [INSTTECH] How do you engage faculty and staff?

Hi Everyone,

 

We are trying to engage our faculty and staff more in order to better discuss issues, ideas and events surrounding educational technology. We want to promote dialogue and events focused on technology in learning and teaching and encourage sharing and feedback from faculty and staff to help guide our future technology directions.

 

We call our group Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS). It is based on a similarly named group at U. of Wisconsin (http://comets.wisc.edu/), from where we got the idea: http://www.comets.iastate.edu/.

 

I have been looking for evidence of how this is done across different educational institutions, but am coming up short.

 

I am hoping some of you can share some ideas of how you do it and maybe link to any websites you use to promote this communication.

 

Thank you!


~~~~~~~~~~~~
Jacob E. Larsen, Ph.D.
Emerging Technology Specialist
Academic Technologies

Iowa State University

Information Technology Services

jlarsen@iastate.edu

 

 

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

I would love to be involved in the discussion at ELI. Please be sure to share the day and time when you schedule.

Best,
Lisa


ELI meetup: I'm also interested in joining the conversation about strategies for engaging faculty Have a great day! Jay Cook Instructional Tecnologist St. Norbert College Lisa Young wrote the following on 1/30/14 2:06 PM: > I would love to be involved in the discussion at ELI. Please be sure to > share the day and time when you schedule. > > Best, > Lisa > > >
I'm interested, as well, and will be at ELI. Please share details when it's set up!! Carly Sent from my iPhone On Jan 30, 2014, at 2:38 PM, Jay wrote: > ELI meetup: I'm also interested in joining the conversation about strategies for > engaging faculty > > Have a great day! > Jay Cook > Instructional Tecnologist > St. Norbert College > > Lisa Young wrote the following on 1/30/14 2:06 PM: >> I would love to be involved in the discussion at ELI. Please be sure to >> share the day and time when you schedule. >> >> Best, >> Lisa >> >> >>
Hi you have a meet up, be sure to take notes and share them out! ELI will be focusing on faculty development over the coming year, and discussions like these are important contributions. Thanks, everyone! Malcolm Brown Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative EDUCAUSE Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good 1150 18th Street, NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20036 direct: 575.448.1313 | main: 202.872.4200 | fax: 202.872.4318 | educause.edu On 1/30/14 5:06 PM, "Carly J. Born" wrote: >I'm interested, as well, and will be at ELI. Please share details when >it's set up!! > >Carly >Sent from my iPhone > >On Jan 30, 2014, at 2:38 PM, Jay wrote: > >> ELI meetup: I'm also interested in joining the conversation about >>strategies for >> engaging faculty >> >> Have a great day! >> Jay Cook >> Instructional Tecnologist >> St. Norbert College >> >> Lisa Young wrote the following on 1/30/14 2:06 PM: >>> I would love to be involved in the discussion at ELI. Please be sure to >>> share the day and time when you schedule. >>> >>> Best, >>> Lisa >>> >>> >>>
I'd like to join that chat :-) Lisa Sent from my iPhone > On Jan 30, 2014, at 5:52 PM, "Malcolm Brown" wrote: > > Hi you have a meet up, be sure to take notes and share them out! ELI will > be focusing on faculty development over the coming year, and discussions > like these are important contributions. > > Thanks, everyone! > > Malcolm Brown > Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative > > EDUCAUSE > Uncommon Thinking for the Common Good > 1150 18th Street, NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20036 > direct: 575.448.1313 | main: 202.872.4200 | fax: 202.872.4318 | > educause.edu > > > >> On 1/30/14 5:06 PM, "Carly J. Born" wrote: >> >> I'm interested, as well, and will be at ELI. Please share details when >> it's set up!! >> >> Carly >> Sent from my iPhone >> >>> On Jan 30, 2014, at 2:38 PM, Jay wrote: >>> >>> ELI meetup: I'm also interested in joining the conversation about >>> strategies for >>> engaging faculty >>> >>> Have a great day! >>> Jay Cook >>> Instructional Tecnologist >>> St. Norbert College >>> >>> Lisa Young wrote the following on 1/30/14 2:06 PM: >>>> I would love to be involved in the discussion at ELI. Please be sure to >>>> share the day and time when you schedule. >>>> >>>> Best, >>>> Lisa >>>> >>>> >>>>
I will be at ELI and would love to chat. We created a Faculty Technology Focus Group to discuss topics ranging from Clickers to extending our Help Desk hours. We collect technology data from faculty, staff, and students using TechQual+. I present the data and action plans to the Focus Group, SGA, Faculty Senate, and Staff Senate for input. We also use Confluence to provide information on emerging technology and encourage faculty to contribute to discussions there so we can create Best Practices. 

Jenae
 
Dr. Jenae Burkart

Faculty Technology Support Specialist - The University of West Florida - Information Technology Services - Bldg. 79 / Room 110 - Phone: 850-474-2093




Yes, please share out with the group for those of us who can't be there in person. I'm very interested in this topic as well!

--Beth


Message from prescor@digirom.potsdam.edu

Our Teaching and Learning Technology Roundatable is a Provost Committee formed years ago to do that which you describe:


We meet several times a semester.  Representation is from all three of our schools, as well as Faculty Senate and various resource people.  I am our Director of Academic Computing and co-chair of this committee.

Additionally, part of my duties are to meet annually with each Academic Department on campus (one-on-one with department chairs or as part of their department meeting) to discuss the previous year and hear about any projects and/or dreams they have and how my department should be involved.

I'll be happy to discuss any of this further if you'd like.

Cheers,
Romeyn

I’m posting on behalf of my colleague Chris Higgins.  Please see his note below.

 

--Chip

 

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Chip Denman

Director, Client Support

Division of Information Technology

University of Maryland

 

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Lars,

 

Currently at Maryland we approach faculty engagement in a variety of ways that range from outreach events to learning communities.  Our Learning Technologies and Environments group works closely with our Center for Teaching Excellence to coordinate and support eh engagement efforts throughout the year.  We also work closely with our libraries to create and offer various events/activities for faculty engagement and support. There are more details below that touch on some of the efforts and can provide context for them.

 

There is a major change coming for us that will certainly alter and enhance how things are currently working.  Through the recommendation on the Commission for Blended and Online Learning, the Provost has create a new Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC).  The major units on campus that provide faculty support especially as it relates to the use of technology in teaching and learning are being pulled together in this center.  Many of the events and groups mentioned below will then be coordinated from a central group.  I am sure there will be an evolution of the offerings and new ones created.

 

Chris

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Chris Higgins

Director, Learning Technologies & Environments

chiggins@umd.edu

301-405-5190

 

 

From the Center for Teaching Excellence:

Summer Institute on Teaching with Newer Technologies: This is a program for curriculum transformation for which the faculty receives a stipend.  There are regular cohort meetings and learning communities from this that happen throughout the following academic year. http://cte.umd.edu/programs/faculty/STI/

 

From the Division of IT:

Outreach events: We coordintate a monthly brown bag discussion series on various topics of faculty interest.  These are faculty-led events.  We also have an annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference focused on faculty activities in teaching and learning.  A new offering this year is a weekly informal discussion called Tea Time Tech Talks. These are focused around relevant topics with some faculty invited for context and expertise but there is not presentation aspect to this.  Some of these are coordinated with CTE or the Libraries and my be linked with our Learning Technologies Institute and/or our weekly webinar series. http://otal.umd.edu/workshops-events 

 

Committees, Teams, and Groups:

We have a number of ongoing groups that can influence and participate in the teaching and learning conversation.

  1. Teaching and Learning Working Group: This is a newly formed committee that was spawned from parts of our IT strategic plan.  It has a broad scope for with regards to technology for teaching and learning.  It is primarily faculty with staff from the Division of IT on the committee as ex oficio.
  2. MOOC Faculty Cohorts: This faculty and staff group is focused on our MOOC efforts with goal of providing support to new MOOC faculty and being able to communicate out to campus on our MOOC efforts.  This group includes the MOOC faculty, instructional designers, subject librarians, and multimedia support staff.
  3. ELMS Technical and Support Team: This group is made up of staff from the 12 colleges on campus as well as representatives from the libraries and provost’s office.  While the primary goal focuses on technical topics for our LMS, this team are also the primary college-based faculty support and other topics for faculty engagement, new tools, pedagogical innovations, and more are frequently part of the discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Ottawa University, we have recently adopted a new advisory group, with representation from our three main schools (Education, Business, Arts and Sciences), called the Teaching Technology Advisory Group (TTAG). The charge for this group is the following:

 

“The Teaching Technology Advisory Group (TTAG) shall provide regular input to the Academic Technology, Design Studio, and Technical and Client Operations teams for purposes of evaluating teaching and learning technologies through active review and testing.  The TTAG shall provide advice regarding policy development pertaining to the use of these technologies. The TTAG is an advisory group rather than a decision-making body.”

 

This all started from a need to form a committee of faculty who are willing to be engaged in reviewing eLearning Blackboard tools and other technologies, as well as, help select the implementation schedules, and being willing to experiment with their use. The hope is that TTAG members will not only just provide feedback on tools that are already available and brought forth by our technology teams, but also bring their own ideas, experiences, and technologies to the table for review.

 

We firmly believe that where and how Ottawa University moves forward in incorporating the various (and vast) technologies available to us depends on faculty engagement and leadership. We need new collaborative efforts with faculty and designers working together to develop courses. We need faculty leadership in the selection of tools and training of faculty in the use of tools so instructors can have greater autonomy in incorporating technology in their classrooms.

 

Thanks!

 

 

Kent Corser | Director, IT Technical and Client Operations

Main 800.755.5200   |  Fax 785.242.0182
Direct 785.248.2494  |  OU Help 855.268.4357


www.ottawa.edu | kent.corser@ottawa.edu

 

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