SIUE Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable

Spring 2001 Report

Introduction

During the fall of 2000, SIUE embarked on a campus-wide effort to formulate a strategic plan for the future direction of technology in teaching and learning on campus.  The process began by forming a task force of members, which represented the various constituencies across campus.  Called the Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable (TLTR), it is based on a national planning model developed and supported by the TLT Group, a project of the American Association of Higher Education.

The Roundtable was kicked off in October with a session moderated by Steven Gilbert, President of the TLT Group.  He provided us with a comprehensive background on many of the issues that campuses face when dealing with technology planning, as well as various models that have been used nationwide to address many of these issues.  In our subsequent meetings during the Fall and Spring semesters the SIUE TLTR developed our Statement of Purpose and began to work on Tasks the Roundtable identified as central to our strategic planning.  The Statement of Purpose and the Tasks are listed below, followed by general recommendations and next steps.  The complete reports of each Task
Group are attached as appendices.  Detailed information about the SIUE TLTR can be found at siue.edu/TLTR; the national TLT Group site is www.tltgroup.org.

Purpose of the Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable

The purpose of the TLTR is to assist the development of SIUE’s technological evolution; specifically,

 1.  To inventory and describe processes and initiatives;

 2.  To outline a comprehensive plan that:

a.  Provides for alignment of current efforts;
b. Incorporates on-line learning (e.g., web enhancement) and other technologies into a large number of courses throughout the curriculum;
c.  Encourages the development of a limited number of appropriate on-line degree programs or degree-completion programs;
d.  Nurtures new ways of learning and teaching; and fosters life-long learning.

TLTR Tasks Addressed 2000-2001

A series of questions was developed by the Roundtable; seven were selected to be addressed first by separate Task Groups.  These questions are listed below (with their Task designations included for identification):
 

A.3 Recommendations:  Faculty Technology Training and Development  What training and development should be provided to faculty?  To new faculty?

A.4  Faculty Workload Issues. What workload issues are associated with the development and use of on-line pedagogy?

A.5 What are the Key Aspects of Providing On-going Support to Faculty? What are the key aspects of providing support to faculty—on-going help, trouble-shooting, equipment, software updates, availability of new products, etc.?

B.2  Online Assessment  How do faculty assess student performance?  What are the desired outcomes?  How do we measure outcomes?  How do we build quality improvement cycles?

B.3  How Well Do Students Learn with the On-Line Curriculum Delivery Method?  How well do students learn with this curriculum delivery method?

C.1  What Processes and Initiatives already exist at SIUE?  What processes and initiatives already exist at SIUE? (e.g. Academic Computing Council)

D.1  Newest Pedagogical Approaches, Equipment, and Software. What are the newest pedagogical approaches?  The newest equipment and software?


Response to Reports

The full report of each Task Group is attached to this document.  The Steering Group has carefully reviewed the reports.  All of the reports are very thoughtful, informative, and full of positive recommendations; every Group is to be commended for its hard work and good suggestions.  Each set of recommendations will be forwarded for review by the appropriate group as indicated below; a brief written response will include the feasibility and timeline for implementation of recommendations.

Report C.1 is complete and requires no further action.

Reports A.3 and A.5 will be forwarded to Jay Starratt for the Faculty Technology Center, with a response expected by mid-summer.

Report A.4 will be forwarded to the Office of the Provost for consultation with the deans, the Faculty Senate Welfare Council, and others.  Initial responses expected by mid-fall.

Reports B.2 and B.3 will be referred back to the TLTR for further work during the fall term.

Report D.1 will be referred to the Academic Computing Council; the Steering Group hopes that the ideas described for a Faculty Advisory Board could be incorporated into our existing mechanisms.

Next Steps

The TLTR will focus on the recommendations in B.2 and B.3 as well as the topic of student support during Fall 2001.
 

Reviewed by the Roundtable 4/18/01