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Towards Envisioning the Future of Instructional Technology at Virginia Tech: Organizational Systems Perspectives. Based on Input from the Organizational Systems Subcommittee of the Task Force on Instructional Technology Scott Midkiff (convener) Debbie Fulton (convener) Jack Davis

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Towards Envisioning the Future of Instructional Technology at Virginia Tech:Organizational Systems Perspectives

Based on Input from the Organizational Systems Subcommitteeof the Task Force on Instructional Technology

Scott Midkiff (convener)

Debbie Fulton (convener)

Jack Davis

Sherry Fontaine

John Harwood

John Moore

Peter Macedo

Todd Ogle

March 4, 2011


Focus of the subcommittee s report 1
Focus of the Subcommittee’s Report (1) at Virginia Tech:

  • Organizational systems are broadly defined and encompass, at the least …

    • Academic support organizations

    • Infrastructure support organizations

    • Organizations that support training and use of technology

    • Academic units

  • Horizon is from today to 10+ years

Focus is on broad, high-level requirements, leading to opportunities, for organizational systems that will be driven in some form by instructional technology


Focus of the subcommittee s report 2
Focus of the Subcommittee’s Report (2) at Virginia Tech:

  • Two general themes

    • Organizational systems will need to respond, adapt or change to remove barriers, provide incentives, or better support teaching and learning that more fully leverages current technology or leverages future technology

    • Crrent and future instructional technologies can enable new ways to realize and improve organizational functions

  • Tried to identify potential opportunities, but have not considered costs versus benefits


Status
Status at Virginia Tech:

  • A collection of inputs from the subcommittee (30 items), complete with redundancy and varying levels of detail

  • Evolution and refinement are tasks for the next few weeks


Broad categories
Broad Categories at Virginia Tech:

  • Administrative Functions – Removing Barriers

  • Training and Technical Support – Enabling Effective Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning

  • Infrastructure – Technology Support for Teaching and Learning

  • Learning Analytics – Leveraging Infrastructure and Data

  • Educational and Instructional Technology Research – Inventing the Future

Many points span multiple categories


Administrative functions removing barriers
Administrative Functions – Removing Barriers at Virginia Tech:

  • Course scheduling

    • Flexibility in timing

    • Flexibility in institution offering and using

    • Alerts and planning data

  • Registration

    • Who is a VT student?

    • When are they a VT student?

  • Courses

    • Hybrid courses

    • More information about courses

  • Content repositories

    • Student access

    • Integrating content

    • Sharing and selling/buying content

    • IP issues


Training and technical support enabling effective use of technology for teaching and learning
Training and Technical Support – Enabling Effective Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning

  • Seamless technology support for all faculty and students

  • Coordinated, collaborative and comprehensive instructional development and support resources

    • Flexible modules

    • Web based

  • New models of peer evaluation and mentoring


Infrastructure technology support for teaching and learning 1
Infrastructure – Technology Support Technology for Teaching and Learningfor Teaching and Learning (1)

  • Network connectivity

    • Ubiquitous access to high-bandwidth networking in the classroom

    • Support to stay “one-step ahead”

  • Mobility support

    • Platforms and applications

    • Connectivity

  • Mechanisms that support and leverage innovative technology in the classroom

    • Technology infrastructure

    • Activity monitoring and capture

  • Unified identity management

    • Within VT, for multiple functions, and across institutions


Infrastructure technology support for teaching and learning 2
Infrastructure – Technology Support Technology for Teaching and Learningfor Teaching and Learning (2)

  • Moving to “the cloud”

    • Infrastructure

    • Repositories (cloud and not) and management

  • Connecting the “physical” and the “cyber”

    • In classrooms and other learning spaces

    • For physical artifacts

  • New simulation models, especially for the humanities and social sciences

  • Exploring and transitioning to new technology

    • Instrumentation

    • Assessment

    • Support


Learning analytics leveraging infrastructure and data
Learning Analytics – Leveraging Technology for Teaching and LearningInfrastructure and Data

  • Student and faculty support through learning analytics systems to identify at-risk students at the course level


Educational and instructional technology research inventing the future
Educational and Instructional Technology Research – Inventing the Future

  • Nurture and develop transdisciplinaryeducational research that integrates educational research with technology innovation, and the practice of faculty teaching and student learning


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