ERIC Number: ED387168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-4
Strategies for Empowering Educators with Technology: A Presentation for the League for Innovation.
Lever-Duffy, Judy C.
Although technology is potentially a powerful tool for improving the teaching-learning process, studies have shown that it is widely underutilized, with many faculty lacking expertise in and awareness of available technologies. Closing this gap between the availability of technology and faculty ownership of it is the function of an instructional technology transfer center. Strategies used by 11 representative centers to enhance and improve teaching and learning at community colleges include efforts targeted at faculty as a group, at individual teachers, and at the campus as a whole. Group strategies include conducting needs assessments to prioritize training interests, offering day-long workshops to train faculty to use software packages or mini-workshops of less than 2 hours to cover such specific topics as how to use a laser disc or test-generating programs, arranging vendor demonstrations of products, and establishing special projects and faculty teams. Strategies focusing on individuals include providing materials for independent learning; establishing curriculum application projects, offering release time, professional development awards, and monetary compensation; designating proficient faculty as mentors; and loaning hardware and/or software during academic breaks. Finally, campus-wide initiatives include newsletters to keep faculty informed of center activities, open houses and orientation sessions for new employees, computer fairs, involving faculty on center steering committees, and acting as a clearinghouse of information for vendors. Contains seven references. (KP)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Computer Centers, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Strategies, Faculty Development, Learning Laboratories, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Workshops, Technological Advancement, Technology Transfer, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College (San Diego, CA, November 4, 1991).