Overcoming A Culture Of Technology

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  • 1. SUE CASTRIOTTA ASSISTANT DEAN SCIENCES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES JENNIFER DARROW ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY KEENE STATE COLLEGE Overcoming a Culture of Technology Resistance One Institution’s First Steps
  • 2. Keene State College Profile
    • 4-year public liberal arts college
    • 5,100 students
    • 181 tenure-track faculty
    • 224 adjunct faculty
  • 3. Pervasive Culture of Resistance
    • Dearth of academic leadership
      • No permanent VPAA/Provost for almost 3 years
      • Further heightened sense of academic freedom and resistance to change
    • State motto
      • “ Live Free of Die”
  • 4. Wakeup Calls
    • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) visit – Fall 2007
      • “ Another area of need is to be more consistent about the use of technology in teaching across programs”
    • New England Association Schools and Colleges (NEASC) visit – Fall 2010
  • 5. Overcoming a Culture of Technology Resistance
    • “ While it's hard for me to believe sometimes, I know there are universities that are very resistant to the use of technology and online learning.”
    • - comment from SITE reviewer
  • 6. Where We Are
    • Saturation of course management system adoption at 60%
      • Has been available for use for almost 10 years
    • Small pockets of interest and little incentive for infusing technology into curriculum
  • 7. Example of Challenge
    • E-portfolio committee formed May 2007
      • Comprised of faculty and staff self-identified as “early adopters”
      • Charge is to identify multiple uses of e-portfolios (student learning, assessment, c0-curricular, etc.)
    • Pilot with Education 100 Spring 2008
    • Committee members’ focus is solely on product selection and as a result are unable to move forward with charge
  • 8. 1 st Steps Towards Change
    • Review of existing Academic Affairs’ organizational structure
    • Creation of institution’s first Academic Technology Plan
    • Creation of a “center” that provides resources, support, and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students
  • 9. Organizational Structure
    • September 2007 – changes made
      • Instructional Technology unit move from Information Technology to Academic Affairs
        • Emphasis on learning and teaching and alignment of technology with academic affairs initiatives
      • Acquired 20% of the services of the College’s webmaster who has extensive experience in e-learning
  • 10. Academic Technology Plan
    • Fall 2007 – committee formed to develop an initial draft
      • Goal: To provide a vision for the learning environment that we desire for our students, faculty and staff in alignment with our campus mission: http://atvision.pbwiki.com
    • Emphasis on infusion of technology into learning and teaching
  • 11. Creation of CELT
    • Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
      • Mission: The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will provide resources and experience to support deeper learning, effective teaching, and community and professional engagement at Keene State College.
    • Initial conversations between interested parties began in Fall 2006
    • Formal initiative drafted January 2008
      • Submitted for FY09 funding consideration in February 2008
  • 12. Links
    • Keene State College – www.keene.edu
    • Academic Technology Plan draft - http://atvision.pbwiki.com
    • Sue Castriotta – [email_address]
    • Jennifer Darrow – [email_address]