Plenary V:
Institutional policies, practices & programs to encourage technological creativity

Plenary V:
Institutional policies, practices & programs to encourage technological creativity

Sataurday, November 22, 2003
4:15 - 5:30 pm

Kristina G. Proctor, Dean, College of Science and Mathematics - Colorado State University-Pueblo

Robert F. Olin, Dean and Professor, College of Arts and Sciences - University of Alabama
Brad Lister, Director, Center for Industrial Innovation - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Carl Wieman, Distinguished Professor of Physics - University of Colorado at Boulder

Individual efforts to use technologies appropriately and creatively must have institutional support and faculty buy-in if they are to flourish over the long-term and serve generations of students. This plenary explores what strategies, tactics and policies about requisite changes in institutional policies, practices and programs that need to be considered to achieve the full potential of information technologies in the service of learning.

Benchmarks of Institutional Vitality:
Findings from the PKAL-FIPSE Core Institutions Project

  • An acknowledgment of need, a recognition that students are changing, the societal context is changing, and research advances are transforming scientific and technological worlds

  • A willingness to take risks, to explore and try new ideas at the individual, departmental and institutional level

  • Respect for the work of colleagues exploring and trying new approaches, evident in both the formal review and tenure process and in informal culture and conversations

  • Leaders within the administration and faculty, committed to supporting colleagues taking risks, addressing needs, moving toward the institutional vision of future

  • A focus on students that suggests new ways to look at the technologies and facilities used for learning

  • A mechanism to measure the impact of different approaches - what differences they are making and to whom

  • A philosophy of discovery-based, research-rich teaching and learning that pervades all programs, for all students

  • Active involvement in national discussions on public policy and higher education.