This recommendation has its source in the need for continual technology updating. However, it also recognizes that more is changing than just technology. We need to develop many more ways to enable learning, to recognize learning, and to reward learning. See pp 30-32 for further discussion of this issue.
During the last decade, many faculty have experimented with technology in their courses. During the next decade, many faculty will make commitments to change curricula, delivery style and outcome expectations for courses they teach. Faculty will need institutional support for these retooling efforts. We'll need to direct resources into creative ways of restructuring instructor time, encouraging collaborative efforts, and providing implementation support.
The technology mainstream is continually shifting. We need to continue to probe new technologies--to discover what doesn't work as well as what does.
Fund those who wish to learn more about specific technologies and their applications to teaching and learning, as well as those who wish to develop technology-based materials for their courses.
The Ocotillo groups offer a superlative medium for generating and growing ideas related to improving learning through technology. Ocotillo remains the forum for investigating district-wide issues relating to technology and instruction. An enormous number of different employees have been involved in Ocotillo and efforts should be made to increase this number.
What additional benefits have occurred? Any negative side-effects? We need to learn more about both, as we use technology more. Through FIPSE, a project called Flashlight is planning to address this issue.
Every aspect of MCCCD will continue to experience change. We'll communicate much better with each other regarding those changes if we share a common vocabulary about the process of change. An Ocotillo group is currently working to accomplish this.
Course fees and user fees for technology, as well as external funding sources, should simply supplement a base allocation for technology. Technology resources need to be renewed continually.
The way we are currently organized both encourages and discourages efforts to respond responsibly and creatively to change. We can't afford an organizational structure that gets in our way. So we need to change those structures and systems that impede rather than propel the flow.
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