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Academic Technologies Mission

The Academic Technologies team strives to support the University’s academic mission by working collaboratively with members of the Colgate community to meaningfully integrate digital technologies into teaching, learning and course design. We attempt to do this in the following ways:

  • engaging in outreach and consultation with faculty members to explore, discuss and implement teaching, learning and technology projects.
  • providing funding and support to faculty members who want to explore technology-enhanced teaching.
  • identifying, experimenting with, and evaluating, technologies that have potential for meaningful application in a liberal arts context.
  • promoting communication and collaboration among faculty, technologists, librarians and students.
  • supporting the development of Colgate’s digital learning environment.
  • participate in knowledge sharing with the Colgate community and beyond.

Guiding Principles

  • We believe that there is beneficial potential at the intersection of teaching, learning and technology. We seek to support the realization of this potential through collaboration and partnership with faculty members.
  • We believe that any positive effect of technologies on learning relates primarily to how teachers use them. Technology in and of itself does very little to affect learning. Using technology to enhance learning through better student engagement, collaboration and communication drives our thinking.
  • We believe that the scholarship of teaching and learning should inform the work we do with faculty members. Where appropriate, we seek to raise awareness and understanding of research-based practice in the use of technology to enhance learning.
  • We support faculty projects and proposals that align with the University’s strategic initiatives and the 13 Goals of a Colgate Education. We also believe it is important to foster an environment that supports experimentation, innovation, and creativity.
  • We support openness – both in sharing what we know and what we do, and by helping faculty share their knowledge, content and teaching practices with others.