Decide, Team, Vision

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Decide, Team, Vision

  1. 1. Decide, Team, Vision Barbara Z. Johnson
  2. 2. Background - Education <ul><li>Philosophy - St. Olaf College </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Science - UM-TC & UMD </li></ul><ul><li>Education - UMD and Capella </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background - Work <ul><li>Customer Service - Ecolab </li></ul><ul><li>Software Support, Training and Development - Bankers Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Information Technology - UMD </li></ul>
  4. 4. Overarching Principles <ul><li>Define the need; then find the tools </li></ul><ul><li>Build alliances and share </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Look to the future </li></ul>
  5. 5. Technology = Tools? <ul><li>Computers and classroom electronics </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Handheld units: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GPS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PDA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iPOD </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Networks </li></ul>
  6. 6. Technology = ? <ul><li>“ Systematic study of the practical or industrial arts.” (OED 1933) </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge about tools and their uses </li></ul>
  7. 7. Define need - then choose tool ?
  8. 8. Enterprise Resource Planning Early & experimental Need for mature solutions Clearly defined & proven
  9. 9. How do we teach and why? <ul><li>Academic skills </li></ul><ul><li>Professional skills </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching and research skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Often acquired in situations with different technological support </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Build alliances and share <ul><li>Across departments & colleges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech Talk (IDS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech Camp (ITSS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technophytes (ITSS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CEHSP Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other SIGs, list-servs, discussion boards, blogs, Wikis, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Build alliances and share <ul><li>In your field </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SIGs and list-servs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other SIGs, list-servs, discussion boards, blogs, Wikis, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Team up with ITSS <ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Shared expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Shared support responsibilities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Single point of contact, team-based tech support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared lab and classroom maintenance </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Look to the future <ul><li>“ The only constant is change.” - Heraclitus </li></ul>
  14. 14. Planning <ul><li>Scheduled hardware purchases and upgrades </li></ul><ul><li>Hardware database(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Planned repurposing of older machinery </li></ul><ul><li>Combine requests for specialized software for volume discounts </li></ul><ul><li>Build in hardware and software costs in grant requests </li></ul>
  15. 15. Distributed Learning <ul><li>Materials in variety of formats </li></ul><ul><li>Materials available for review and practice </li></ul><ul><li>ITSS tools for online course administration </li></ul><ul><li>WebCT orientation “course” </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty development of skills for online teaching </li></ul>
  16. 16. Faculty Development <ul><li>Formal initiatives by ITSS and IDS </li></ul><ul><li>Informal meetings and consultations </li></ul><ul><li>Formal training materials available in a variety of formats </li></ul><ul><li>Regular semi-formal session for security and new developments </li></ul>
  17. 17. Conclusion <ul><li>Responsible adoption toward needs </li></ul><ul><li>Build teams and alliances </li></ul><ul><li>Be proactive in preparing for the future </li></ul>

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