REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Task Group A3
Faculty Technology Training
fall 2000 the Faculty Technology Center presented the faculty with the
opportunity to respond to an online survey. The Faculty Use of Technology survey had a
twofold purpose. First, it sought to gather information on the faculty’s current
use of technology. Secondly, the survey asked the faculty to identify technology
training needs. The F. T.
C. received 224 responses.
Faculty responses indicated
several training interests. WebCt, PowerPoint and webpage design ranked high in
training interests. The faculty also listed the use of digital cameras, scanners
and smart classrooms as good candidates for training
With faculty technology
needs clearly identified, the Faculty Technology Training Task Group (A3)
recommends the following:
Develop a presentation:
Introduction to Technology Resources at SIUE. The presentation would be an
overview of existing resources available for faculty. A WebCT demonstration, an
overview of other software supported by the Faculty Technology Center and
information on the workshops offered by the Office of Information Technology
would be included. This program would be presented as part of New Faculty
Orientation and would be the foundation for a computer-based tutorial.
- Create a computer-based
tutorial: Technology Resources at SIUE. Access to the tutorial would
be from the Faculty Technology Center web page with links to the Office of
Information Technology’s technical training schedules. The guided tutorial would
walk a faculty member through the resources available (including a brief
synopsis of the software) and provide instructions on obtaining additional information
- Adapt the presentation:
Introduction to Technology Resources at SIUE to a brief demonstration that could
be shared with faculty members at a department meeting. The presentation would
include a demonstration of WebCT, information on the services provided by the
Faculty Technology Center and the Office of Information Technology, and other
software of interest to the particular department.
Construct a web site off the
Faculty Technology Center web page, for faculty members to post demonstrations
of their uses of technology. The web site would be a vehicle for informal
sharing of ideas and expertise. Email notification and/or hotlinks from the “O” could be used to alert
faculty members when new demonstrations were posted.
Initiate a “Technology Brown
Bag” program whereby interested faculty members could present a more formal,
detailed demonstration of creative uses of technology in teaching and learning.
The brown bag sessions would be held twice per year and would be co-sponsored by
the Faculty Technology Center and the Excellence in Learning and Teaching
We recommend ongoing
evaluation and needs assessment for faculty development.