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ERIC Number: EJ799833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Design and Development of a Faculty Technology Practices Directory
Oliver, Kevin
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v30 n4 p38-47 2007
As one part of a quality enhancement plan, North Carolina State University implemented a technology initiative with an initial focus on evaluating and improving classroom technology, piloting technology-rich workspaces for student projects, and initiating an internal grants program for faculty. An advisory committee directs the initiative with stakeholders from the faculty, distance learning and information technology offices, faculty teaching/learning center, library, and university assessment. The advisory committee began a conversation in the spring of 2006 on evaluating faculty uses of technology. They set a goal of gathering systematic and broad information regarding current uses of technology as it relates to pedagogy (instructional techniques). In response to this discussion, the committee funded the design and development of a searchable Technology Practices Directory (TPD) to study how faculty use technology to impact learning. The directory is designed to serve the needs of multiple stakeholders, consistent with the diversity of the advisory committee. The primary purpose is to help university assessment staff research existing technology practices in campus-based and distance classes. A secondary purpose is to help faculty collaborate with peers by using search features to quickly locate colleagues using particular technologies. The directory project has progressed in phases, beginning with the theoretical design for what information to capture and how to associate technology information with pedagogy and learning. After finalizing the theoretical design, the design team proceeded with the interface design using both print and Web-based prototypes. Finally, the design team prepared a phased release and marketing plan to encourage faculty participation. This article outlines challenges, proposed solutions, and lessons learned in these three phases. It concludes with faculty reactions to the directory and proposed enhancements that might improve participation. (Contains 3 tables, 5 figures and 12 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina