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Focus Areas (2016 - 2018)

The following focus areas serve as a lens for further defining goals and priorities within Academic Technologies. The following focus areas are informed by several sources including: Colgate Strategic Plan - Living the Liberal Arts, the report of the Colgate Strategic Planning Working Group on Teaching and Learning (2013), the report of the Strategic Planning Working Group on Technology and Teaching, (2012), EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) - Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2015 and the New Media Consortium - Horizon Report, 2016. Focus areas do not preclude support and efforts currently taking place, rather they highlight opportunities for growth and enhanced support.

(The bulleted items listed under each focus area are strategic efforts that are planned for implementation during 2016 - 2018)
Develop open and shared processes to identify, test and implement technologies that meet faculty needs, and grow Colgate’s digital learning environment.
  • Establish and support a collaborative process among faculty, academic technologists, librarians and students for identifying, exploring, piloting and implementing compelling educational technologies (EdTech Collaborative).
  • Regular meeting of an Academic Technologies Advisory Group (in progress).
  • Pursue a fully hosted and managed instance of Moodle and focus on enhanced support for instructional use at Colgate (CIT Moodle Faculty Satisfaction Survey, conducted Spring-Fall 2015, in progress).
  • Learning space design / Experimental classroom (exploring flexible classroom furnishing and a range of technologies for possible use in other Colgate spaces - contingent on space availability and alignment of capital project funding with cyclical technology replacement).
Engage in the collaborative design of varied opportunities for faculty members to consider, explore and participate in technology-enhanced teaching.
  • Support opportunities for faculty members to share their experiences in the Teaching w/ Technology Brown Bag Lunch Series / Faculty Showcase (in progress).
  • Provide funding and support through the Teaching and Technology Micro Grant (in progress).
  • In collaboration with the CLTR, design and conduct the “Getting Ready for Teaching” workshop series (Beginning of each academic term)
  • Enhance communication and information sharing from Academic Technologies (Establish ACAD blog, explore integration of podcast series, twitter feed, newsletter).
  • Establish Colgate supported spaces on the web where students, faculty, and staff can explore and experiment with web-based digital tools for teaching and learning, and create a digital identity that is owned and managed by them (Domain of One's Own).
  • Faculty Summer Teaching Institute (Collaboration with CLTR, exploring course design, teaching practice, educational technology applications).
Support the design and development of co-curricular learning opportunities that focus on enhancing digital literacy among students.
  • Expanded opportunities in the Digital Learning and Media Center; designing and offering “Learning Paths” for students...
  • “Making as Learning” (exploring 3D scanning, modelling & printing). In addition, we are focused on providing increased access to the use of maker technologies for students and faculty members.
  • “New Media for Learning” (Collaboration with student Media Mentors to explore networked learning and digital literacy).
  • Domain of One’s Own (digital literacy, web development and publishing).
Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships to promote collaboration and shared stewardship of Colgate’s academic mission.
  • Continued support of Keck Center partnership (Design and support of distance courses -- In progress).
  • Enhance partnership with the CLTR through shared program development.
  • Focus on establishing and growing partnership with the Center for International Programs.
  • NY6 Colleges (Colgate, Hamilton, Hobart & William Smith, Skidmore, St. Lawrence, Union).
Build capacity to support the assessment of the impact of technology-enhanced teaching on student learning.
  • Members of the Academic Technologies team will commit to engaging with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and gather current research for raising awareness and sharing with faculty members.
  • Work with faculty who are using technology in their teaching and research, obtain their anecdotal evidence of efficacy of technology.