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Technology in the Learning Spaces. Priscilla A. Hancock, Ph.D. Vice President Chief Information Officer. Gale Rhodes, Ed.D . Associate Provost Director, Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Working Committee Members. Sande Johnson-Byers, Chair Rhonda Dixon Jeff Falcone

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Technology in the learning spaces

Technology in the Learning Spaces

Priscilla A. Hancock, Ph.D.

Vice President

Chief Information Officer

Gale Rhodes, Ed.D.

Associate Provost

Director, Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning


Working committee members

Working Committee Members

Sande Johnson-Byers, Chair

Rhonda Dixon

Jeff Falcone

Alex Gaughan

Laura Hardesty

Michael Homan

Mark Kasselhut

Brad Lawton

Cathy Leist

Sherry Ross

Joe Steffen

UldisStrepis

Chris Weaver

Joanna Wolfe


Methodology

Methodology

  • Develop a diverse committee of faculty, staff and students

  • Establish a baseline for the current state UofL learning spaces

  • Review current research and literature


Methodology1

Methodology

  • Conduct surveys

    • Benchmark institutions

    • UofL faculty and students

  • Conduct focus groups

    • UofL faculty and students

  • Develop and vet recommendations


Committee recommendations

Committee Recommendations

  • Create a new minimum classroom technology standard

    • Current standards provide an“overkill” of technology, limiting scope to few classrooms

    • New standards should provide basic technology:

      • Data projector

      • Electric screen

      • Input panel

      • Internet access

      • Base i-Clicker system


Committee recommendations1

Committee Recommendations

  • Create a new minimum classroom technology standard (continued)

    • Estimated $5,615 per classroom, excluding room prep and desktop computer

    • Philosophy of upgrading as many classrooms as budgetarily feasible


Committee recommendations2

Committee Recommendations

  • Develop a plan to equip 100% of UofL’s learning spaces

    • All responding benchmark institutions plan to equip 100% of their classrooms

    • Equip UofL classrooms at the new minimum standard over a three-year period (estimated $640,110)

    • Update: $168,450 of the funding is included in UofL’s Phi Beta Kappa initiative


Committee recommendations3

Committee Recommendations

  • Encourage departments to replace faculty workstations with laptop or tablet computers

    • Design technology classrooms with appropriate connection cables

    • Provost and CIO strongly encourage units to buy laptops for faculty in lieu of desktops

    • Over 3-4 years, centrally fund laptop/desktop cost differential for all full-time faculty (approximately $300 each, total $468,300)


Committee recommendations4

Committee Recommendations

  • Establish an ongoing process for sustaining technology in the classroom

    • IT develop an ongoing classroom technology management approach

    • Create a central budget for classroom technology maintenance and upgrades

    • Fund at 20% ($224,600) assuming maintenance of equipment for 200 classrooms at the minimum standard


Committee recommendations5

Committee Recommendations

  • Make all classrooms available for scheduling through Resource 25

    • Several units restrict access to technology classrooms by not listing them on Resource 25

    • Maximize learning space usage by making all classrooms available for scheduling through Resource 25

    • Give priority scheduling to units that currently invest in technology using student fees


Committee recommendations6

Committee Recommendations

  • Improve training, documentation and support for using technology in the classroom

    • Each classroom contain a printed set of instructions

    • Review instructions on a semester basis

    • Maintain instructions on the web for instructors to download


Technology in the learning spaces

  • Improve training, documentation and support for using technology in the classroom (continued)

    • Offer training to instructors

      teaching in technology classrooms

    • Offer group training at the

      department/school level


Committee recommendations7

Committee Recommendations

  • Develop a process to assess the impact of technology in the classroom

    • Technology in the classroom is an investment

    • Assessment provides data to evaluate effectiveness


Committee recommendations8

Committee Recommendations

  • Develop a process to assess the impact of technology in the classroom

    • Institutional Research develop a process to assess the impact of technology in the classroom on student outcomes

    • Use National Study of Student

      Engagement (NSSE) as a guide


Committee recommendations9

Committee Recommendations

  • Include technology classrooms and collaborative learning spaces in new construction and renovations

    • Ensure all classrooms meet/exceed the new minimum technology standard

    • Assure the development of collaborative learning spaces to stimulate and enhance

      active student engagement


Committee recommendations10

Committee Recommendations

  • Increase use of blended courses to maximize use of available technology classrooms

    • Meet face-to-face on a limited basis

    • Utilize Blackboard (or other technology) to interact outside of the classroom

    • Charge 115% of tuition rate to fund initiative


Committee recommendations11

Committee Recommendations

  • Increase use of blended courses to maximize use of available technology classrooms (continued)

    • Incent individual instructors who

      develop and offer blended courses

    • Officially recognize blended classes

      as a unique class/category


Committee recommendations12

Committee Recommendations

  • Strongly encourage faculty to increase use of Blackboard

    • Currently in use by less than 50% of all courses at UofL

    • Provost’s office, academic deans and department chairs encourage a minimum usage standard for Blackboard


Committee recommendations13

Committee Recommendations

  • Increase requirements and accountability for use of Blackboard (continued)

    • Include at minimum posting syllabus, faculty information and course description

    • Strongly encourage posting of grades in Blackboard, even if Blackboard is not used to administer tests and assignments


Committee recommendations14

Committee Recommendations

  • Strongly encourage use of Tegrity and I-Clickers in the classroom

    • Delphi and IT offer classes and training designed to encourage innovative Tegrity use

    • When possible, place in classrooms microphones which support Tegrity and other recordings

    • Stock recommended microphones in iTech Xpress and have them available for checkout through IT’s classroom support services


Committee recommendations15

Committee Recommendations

  • Strongly encourage use of Tegrity and I-Clickers in the classroom (continued)

    • Include I-Clicker base units in technology capable classrooms

    • Delphi Center and IT continue offering

      training and support for I-Clickers


Committee recommendations16

Committee Recommendations

  • Acquire the appropriate tools to improve virtual learning spaces

    • Current Blackboard chat/virtual classroom tools do not ensure meaningful web collaboration

      • Difficult to use

      • Not stable

      • Not full-featured


Committee recommendations17

Committee Recommendations

  • Acquire the appropriate tools to improve virtual learning spaces (continued)

    • Purchase a full-featured web collaboration tool to use in conjunction with Blackboard (estimated $80,000 CAR)

    • Implement at the enterprise level to support instruction and provide administrative support to faculty and students


Committee recommendations18

Committee Recommendations

  • Allow use of social networking tools to be initiated by the student

    • Students view faculty-initiated social networking as an intrustion

    • Allow students to initiate faculty/student social networking

    • Investigate ConnectYard to facilitate student-initiated social networking


Next steps

Next Steps

  • Vet findings and recommendations:

    • Academic Technology Committee

    • Council of Academic Officers

    • Faculty Senate

    • Student Government Association

    • Strategic Technology Executive Committee


Next steps1

Next Steps

  • Present recommendations to

    Provost

  • Implement approved recommendations (pending funding)


Questions

Questions?


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