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HEAL 570: Selecting Technology for Higher Education


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Brief follow up from Unit #2 HEAL 570 class
Royal Roads University

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HEAL 570: Selecting Technology for Higher Education

  1. 1. Selecting Technology for Higher Education Laura A. Pasquini, Ph.D. HEAL 570
  2. 2. Innovation in Higher Ed
  3. 3. Key Trends & Issues for in Higher Ed Reduced financial support to higher education Linking funding to retention and completion Higher education officials think too many of our decisions are not data driven Meeting the needs of a changing, evolving & multi-dimensional student population
  4. 4. Desired Attributes for Technology in Advising 2013 Technology in Advising Use #AcAdv
  5. 5. Advising Technology Wish List “System that integrates academic information, student records, and student connections” #AcAdv
  6. 6. Streamline #AcAdv Tools Right now, there are at least 4 systems we use daily (E-mail, PeopleSoft, DegreeWorks, Blackboard) and have three different log ins. A "one stop  shop" where we can log in once and see/use all of our required systems would be wonderful.” #AcAdv
  7. 7. Need for Communication & Information Sharing “An integrated system that includes advising notes, degree audits, appointment scheduling, a communication system with students that also documents those communications in the student's advising file, and incorporates all records regarding students' academic status (e.g. good standing, probation, etc.)” #AcAdv
  8. 8. Holistic Student Support “A tool that allows for students to develop an academic, career and financial plan that also integrates the degree evaluation tool.” #AcAdv
  9. 9. Technology to Connect “I would like for technology to play a larger role in my advising practice. I would love to be able to utilize Facebook and Twitter to connect as an individual advisor to my students.” #AcAdv
  10. 10. Social Streams of Communication “Additionally, it would be beneficial to have a social media hub to manage and ensure that our message is being uniformly pushed on each platform in ways that are unique to that platform.” #AcAdv
  11. 11. Ideal Technology for Advising •Integrated intro current systems & campus technology •Opportunity and access for student support regardless of location, time, etc. •Builds an advising rapport, makes connections, and develops community •Transparent knowledge sharing and degree completion •information •Addresses both learner and advisor needs/preferences •Holistic view of the student learning experience (Pasquini & Steele, 2016)
  12. 12. What technologies can best support how you advise your students?
  13. 13. Technologies to Support Our Learners • Culture of change in our institutions • Leadership vision for learning & support • Align technology with campus strategic plans & goals • Reduction in resources & increase need for support • Interest in holistic advising practices across campus • Push to move online and blended advising models
  14. 14. Ask 5 Questions First 1) Who are the learners? 2) What are the desired learning outcomes? 3) What strategies will be employed to facilitate this learning/advising? 4) What are the unique educational characteristics of each medium/technology and how will they match your learning/advising requirements? 5) What resources are available? (Bates, 2015)
  15. 15. Learning + Technology
  16. 16. SECTIONS Model • Students • Ease of use • Costs • Teaching functions • Interaction • Organizational issues • Networking • Security and privacy (Bates, 2015)
  17. 17. Evaluate Tech for… • Creating advising Learning Outcomes • Offering ways for students to show their work, e.g. Student Portfolios, personal websites, etc. • Students see academic progress & navigate online resources for learning • Partnerships with Scholars for Practical Applications
  18. 18. Assess Tech for… • Compatibility with institutional technologies • Universal Design of the technology • Accessibility and ADA compliance • User experience of applications & tools • Practicality for adoption by students, staff, and faculty
  19. 19. At Your Campus, can you? • Participate in training & learning opportunities • Contribute to Technology Decisions or Planning Committees • Partner to Integrate Support with IT Services • Cross-train, mentor & more with instructional designers • Lead on technology & advising projects
  20. 20. Where do you learn about technology for higher ed in your functional area?
  21. 21. • OLC works to advance online and blended education in higher education through professional development, research, and applied practice. Follow: @OLC_Today
  22. 22.   • EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher  education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. • Advising Systems - 30 Resources - 924 Resources o Applying Technology to Academic Advising: A Vision Statement o ECAR Study
  23. 23. What Happens On Campus Goes On YouTube [Or elsewhere.] Shout out to @ACPA & @equalman + MORE! #ACPAdigital
  24. 24. Supporting Students with Technology WW “integrate or update technology for our advising,  our institutions will need to consider how to  provide support, training, and job aid resources  to scaffold technology use for higher education  staff, faculty, and students.” WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) -  Pasquini & Steele, 2016
  25. 25. NACADA’s  Technology in  Advising  Commission The purpose is to help academic advisors and advising administrators to  understand the impact that technologies such as: •Online communication & virtual advising •Degree audits & web registration •Student information systems & electronic advising notes   •Social and connected spaces for innovative staff/faculty resources •Understand the ideas and trends of how technology is being utilized in higher  education 
  26. 26. Advisor Networking
  27. 27. What are the problems you want to study, not the things?