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  1. ITAC Briefing Academic Support January 2002

  2. Overview • University Strategic Plan • Organizational Structure • Teaching and Learning Support • Research Support • Classroom Technology • Technology Training • Outreach • Collaborations • Recognition • “In the Works” • Challenges

  3. Relationship to University Strategic Plan INITIATIVE ONE: Continue to elevate the quality of undergraduate education in order to provide all students an enriched and challenging educational experience. 3. Systematically integrate the use of information technology into our instructional programs, so that all faculty and students can fully exploit new technology as an essential tool in teaching and learning. • Expand training and support services to help faculty with curricular redesign, educationally sound pedagogical practices, and the development and deployment of information technology based courseware. • Bring all students to a level of information technology proficiency appropriate to their disciplinary needs. Establish information technology fluency and information literacy requirements for all undergraduates. • Strongly encourage all students to have access to a networked personal computer, and require computer ownership for students in selected disciplines. • Bring every classroom up to an established minimum standard for information technology capability and create special purpose information technology enhanced classrooms and laboratories as required.

  4. Academic Support Organization Ellen Borkowski Director Teaching and Learning Support Paulette Robinson Research Support Chip Denman Classroom Technology Support Sue Clabaugh Technology Training Services Deb Mateik Outreach Academic Technology Coordinators

  5. Teaching and Learning Support • People • Instructional Designers - help faculty with curricular redesign and provide access to educationally sound pedagogical practices • Instructional Technologists - enable faculty to use both online technologies and classroom technologies • Online Resources • Caprina - Innovative access to large collections of high-quality digitized images for educational purposes • OTAL Web Server - Instructional web server for support of instructional or research work. • Media Server - Streaming media web server for support of instructional or research work. • WebIQ - Supports collaboration and consensus building. With this tool you can have your students or participants brainstorm ideas, comment on them, and rate, rank and/or vote on them. Paulette Robinson

  6. Teaching and Learning Support • Online Resources • WebChat - A multimedia asynchronous chat tool that allows students to include pictures, sound, or video with their comments. Links to other web sites can also be embedded in their comments. • Hypernews - Cross between the hypermedia of the WWW and Usenet News. Readers can browse through the messages written by other people and reply to those messages. A forum (also called a base article) holds a tree of these messages, displayed as an indented outline that shows how the messages are related (i.e. all replies to a message are listed under it and indented). • WebCT@Maryland - Integrated online course environment for providing access to static course content (syllabi, schedules, announcements, lecture notes) and interactive tools (discussion groups, live chats, online assessments). Paulette Robinson

  7. WebCT Student Seats Spr 01: 7,598 unique students Fall 01: 10,477 unique students

  8. WebCT Course Sections

  9. Research Support • Stat Lab • A joint venture between the Statistics Program in the Mathematics Department and OIT • Provides extensive expertise in statistical consulting and data analysis • Assists in the uses of mainframe and microcomputer statistical software, such as SAS, SPSS and S-plus. • Assists faculty, graduate students, and other consultees in designing research protocols, formulating statistical models, choosing the appropriate methodology, analyzing data, and interpreting the results Chip Denman

  10. Research Support • Visualization and Presentation Lab (VPL) • Provides leadership in visualization and computer graphics technology, in partnership with the university research community • Actively pursues joint projects and grant proposals with researchers to develop visualization tools for their particular requirements. • Support and training opportunities for selected high-end visualization, animation, and 3D design software packages, and for video production. • Works with educators on and off campus to incorporate visualization and presentation techniques into the teaching of specific disciplines. It further supports educators designing and teaching courses in visualization, scientific computing, video production, and color graphic publishing. Chip Denman

  11. Classroom Technology • Technology Classrooms • 54 Technology Classrooms • Equipped to make it easier for faculty to use technology in their classes. • Located throughout the campus • From 25 to 506 seats • Support • Daily operations • Staffed Classroom Technology Office in Plant Sciences • Maintenance of equipment in existing classrooms • Instructional Facilities Design • Work with departments to design classrooms, training rooms, distance learning rooms, computer labs, and other educational facilities • Help users determine needs, developing and reviewing specifications and design documents, and oversee installation of technology • Ongoing maintenance for departmental facilities Sue Clabaugh

  12. Classroom Technology • Classroom Technology Pilot Project • Collaboration between ARHU, BSOS, MATH, Office of Information Technology, Operations and Maintenance, Scheduling Office • Developed and supported by the Teaching Facilities Committee • Create a system for the maintenance and support of University of Maryland College Park lecture halls and general-purpose classrooms • Classrooms supported by Pilot Project • 14 lecture halls • 16 classrooms in Tydings • 7 classrooms in Art-Soc • 30 classrooms in Math • Teaching Facilities Committtee • Minimum IT Standards committee Sue Clabaugh

  13. Classroom Technology • Teaching Theaters • Transform the teaching/learning process, changing it from its traditional unidirectional information flow to a more collaborative venture • AT&T Teaching Theater • Opened Fall 1991 • 20 Pentium-based stations, 40 students • IBM-TQ Teaching Theater • Opened Fall 1993 • 20 Pentium-based stations, 40 students • OIT Teaching Theater • Opened Fall 1997 • 24 Macintosh stations, 48 students • Plant Sciences Teaching Theater • Opened Fall 2000 • 36 Pentium-based stations, 36 students Paulette Robinson

  14. Classroom Technology • Faculty Technology Center • 30 seat Pentium-based computer training facility • Instructional WAM Labs • Configured for training • 3 - 20 seat training facility and student WAM lab • Windows, Macintosh and Unix operating systems Paulette Robinson

  15. Technology Training Services • Institute for Instructional Technology • Co-sponsored by OIT and Center for Teaching Excellence • Provides skills training and peer mentoring to faculty wishing to explore the ways in which technology can be integrated into their course curricula • Provides hands-on, interactive training, instructional design guidance, product development advice, and pedagogical discussion and debate 1815 enrollees since inception (Summer 1995) Current fiscal year: 310 Deb Mateik

  16. Technology Training Services • Peer Training • Instructors are computer-experienced students trained by OIT • Non-credit classes for new and experienced personal computer and network users • Features a slate of 19 different courses • Academic Discipline support - Math • Mathematica - introduction and intermediate • MATLAB - introduction and intermediate 11,282 enrollees since Summer 1995 Current fiscal year: 458 Deb Mateik

  17. Technology Training Services • Short Courses • Non-credit computer training classes for the College Park administrative, instructional, and research communities • Combination of vendor-led training and OIT staff-led training • Subject offerings range from introductory through advanced coverage of popular applications like the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, HTML, FileMaker Pro, Dreamweaver, Corporate Time and more; operating systems; statistics; and applications that are unique to academic and administrative computing at the University of Maryland 1339 enrollees last fiscal year Current fiscal year: 395 Deb Mateik

  18. Technology Training Services • Web Designer & Developer • Provides skills training and mentored workshops in the design, development, and maintenance of web sites to College Park faculty, staff and students 185 trained since inception (January 1999) Current fiscal year: 20 Deb Mateik

  19. Outreach • Academic Technology Coordinators (formerly known as CCAs) • Academically-focused CCAs • Work directly with faculty and others to promote academic use of information technologies in the colleges • Colleges & Schools: AGNR, ARCH, ARHU, BMGT, BSOS, CLIS, EDUC, HLHP, ICONS Project*, JOUR, LFSC, PUAF • Technology-focused CCAs: ENGR, CMPS • Technology Associates* • Provide technical services in other academic-support units on campus *Not funded by OIT

  20. Collaborations • Center for Teaching Excellence • Institute for Instructional Technology • UM Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award • Teaching with Technology Conference • Office of Continuing and Extended Education • E-learning program • Masters of Life Sciences • Masters of Ethnomusicology • Tek.Xam • provide a means to assess problem-solving skills within the information technology environment, particularly for college students in the liberal arts • Train-the-Trainer program

  21. Collaborations • ARHU/Libraries • Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) • AGNR/LFSC • Undergraduate Technology Apprenticeship Program (UTAP) - targets sophomores and juniors with a "B" average or better to receive two credits while being trained to support faculty within their collegial disciplines with the integration of technology into instruction • College Park Scholars • Undergraduate Research Day • Working with students to enhance presentations • Generating poster presentations • NFSC • Dietetic Internship

  22. Collaborations • MATH • Stat Lab • BSOS/ARHU/MATH • Classroom Technology Pilot Project • Shady Grove • Classroom technology support • Instructional facilities design for Shady Grove III • R. H. Smith School of Business • Classroom technology support

  23. Collaborations • Institutional • Member of Campus Assessment Working Group (CAWG) • “Technology Fluency” Working Group • Academic affiliations • Honors course • Honors Advisory Council • CLIS course

  24. Recognition • Teaching with Technology Conference • Annual spring conference • College Park faculty share their experiences, research, and the tools they have developed with campus and other invited peers • UM Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award • Co-sponsored by OIT and the Office of Undergraduate Studies • Award seeks to recognize innovative uses of technology in the teaching/learning process at the University of Maryland • Past awardees (both individuals and teams) came from a variety of disciplines and addressed very different areas and constituencies

  25. “In the works” • Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee • Chaired by Jim Greenberg, Center for Teaching Excellence • Still identifying membership across the University • Research Advisory Committee • Discussions with John Townshend, Geography • Collaborate with NTS in providing support to the research community

  26. “In the works” • Teaching and Learning Technology Center • Hornbake Library shared space with Non-Print Media, Digital Library Project, and Electronic Text and Imaging Center (ETIC) • Faculty development center which will house higher end equipment for creating digital course materials • Staffed by instructional designers and Academic Technology Coordinators • Access for both faculty and students • Access Grid production room • Multi-channel videoconferencing via Internet2

  27. Challenges • Campus support for Technology Classrooms • Number of Technology Classrooms continues to increase with each new building, but resources to support those rooms do not • By Fall 02: 18 additional Technology Classrooms will be online • Support requires 1 technician per 10 rooms • Life cycle and operational costs are inadequate • Example:Computer Science Instructional Center (CSIC) • Meeting the needs of the research community • Defining where OIT can help