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The Impact of Technology on Teaching and Learning


A survey of faculty and students at MTSU verified the importance of instructional technology in teaching and learning while pointing out areas for further development.

Lucinda Lea

In 2002, Lucinda Lea was named Middle Tennessee State University Vice President for Information Technology and CIO. As a member of the president's cabinet, she assumed responsibility for strategic and tactical planning in all facets of IT. She led the Information Technology Division in providing the services of academic and administrative computing, instructional technology, web applications, networking and telecommunications, and the campus ID system.

In 2010, Ms. Lea retired from Middle Tennessee State University with 37 years of service to the institution. Upon retirement she was named Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Emeritus.

Ms. Lea has given presentations and papers, nationally and regionally, describing campus innovations in information technology, and she has served on numerous IT boards. In 1996, she founded the Instructional Technology Conference, held annually at MTSU. She was the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Service Award in Tennessee Higher Education Computing.

Lucinda served as an elected member of the EDUCAUSE Board from 2006-2009. In 2008, she was elected vice chair of the Board, and, in 2009, she was elected and served as chair of the EDUCAUSE Board. She also served on the advisory board of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.

Ms. Lea served on the Seminars on Academic Computing (SAC) Advisory Board (2002-2005) and as SAC Board Chair in 2004-2005. She was a member of the Research Task Force commissioned by EDUCAUSE to examine avenues for collection and dissemination of core institutional data for higher education institutions. The process culminated in the creation of the EDUCAUSE Core Data Service. She was program chair for the 2003 EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference and served as program chair for the 2005 EDUCAUSE Conference.

Ms. Lea has served as a council member of the Hawkins Leadership Roundtable in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Other experience includes: MTSU Assistant Vice President for Information Technology; Director of the MTSU Office of Information Technology; MTSU Academic Computing Manager; and Systems Programmer, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics.


Maria Clayton

Assistant Professor, English
Middle Tennessee State University


Barbara Draude

Barbara J. Draude is the Assistant Vice President for Academic and Instructional Technologies for Middle Tennessee
State University's Information Technology Division and co-directs the university's Learning, Teaching and Innovative Technologies Center. She is responsible for the areas of academic programming, statistical consultation, web applications and technology integration into teaching and learning. She is also an Assistant Professor in the MTSU School of Nursing where she was recognized in 1999 with the MTSU Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology. She conducts faculty development seminars and workshops to assist faculty to develop technology enhanced course materials and web-based courses. She has presented locally and nationally on instructional technology topics.


Sarah F. Barlow

Biology Department
Middle Tennessee State University


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