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Technology Plan Final

Technology Plan Final

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FRIT 8132-Y01Technology Plan Update
 Administration of Technology Resources Brichaya Shah Mary Story HuffmanSusan Rowland 4/26/2011
 
Part 1:
NarrativeThe technology plan we evaluated in this assignment was for University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for the year 2010. According to the document, in the fall of 2004, the technologycouncil presented a draft technology plan to the campus community. After receiving feedback fromvarious sources, the UWGB Technology Plan for 2010 was published. The technology plan isupdated every 4 to 5 years by the technology council.The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a small- to mid-sized institution and enrollsabout 6,500 students (2010b). Founded in 1965, the University has one of the most modern andattractive campuses in the tradition-rich University of Wisconsin System.The Universi
ty prides itself on “connecting”
(2010b). Students connect what happens in theclassroom to needs in the community. They examine issues from multiple perspectives and work closely with talented and dedicated faculty members to address real-world problems.Strengths:
 
Goals and Objectives
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The goals and objectives of this technology plan seemsaddress the curriculum and learning outcomes through measurable activities andclear understanding of the mission of the University. The objectives for the campusIT plan were developed from information gathered between April and October,2004 from the faculty, staff and students through web surveys, open forums andconstituent group meetings. The objectives have been organized under three broadthemes:1. Faculty/Staff Investment: helping people make better use of technology2. Technology Investment: maintaining and enhancing usability of current systems3. Technology Investment: new initiatives
 
Funding Alternatives -
 
There is an entire section in this technology plan that isdedicated to the issues of budget and financial information. All of the listed fundsare also directed toward specified areas of technology. The plan lists sources of funding, including general program revenue, charge-backs, student fees, etc. This isone of the strongest components of the technology and to know that there are goodresources available means finance is not a major issue when it comes toimplementing new technology at the institution.
 
Action Plan/Multi-year Planning: The objectives establish campus technology
 priorities through the year 2010. The “IT 2007 Action Plan” identifies the projects
and activities for the period 2005-2007. A second action plan was developed in2007 to guide technology projects and activities for 2008-2010. This plan has alsobeen updated further to include plans for technology through 2010. Thesedocuments can be found at:http://www.uwgb.edu/techcouncil/plan/index.htm 
 
Staff Development - The Learning Technology Center (LTC) exists to help facultyand staff integrate technology in the teaching and learning process. To this end, it
 
acts as a clearing house for instructional technology information and trainingopportunities, showcases new technologies, and assists faculty and staff indeveloping technology expertise. LTC staff provides pedagogical and technicaladvice on technologies such as digital imaging, web page development,presentation software, electronic discussions, scanning, courseware and multimediasoftware. The LTC offers primary support for the Desire2Learn coursemanagement system, which is used by more than 50% of the faculty and students.The objectives listed above also support this area of the plan.Weakness:
 
Evaluation -
 
The technology plan did not include any formal assessment process. Thedocument states that the technology council is responsible for annually assessing theprogress on strategies plan; however there is not mention of how or when specifically. Itis one of the other important component missing in the current technology plan andwithout proper establishment of the evaluation, it is difficult to understand whether or nottechnology plan at the intuition in addressing the needs of the end user and also tosupport new endeavors.
 
Needs Assessment: There is a reference to an annual assessment within the
objectives section of the technology plan; however, this “action plan” is not defined
as a direct, measurable assessment. We suggest that technology council can forman emerging technology sub-committee to understand the needs of campuscommunity before implementing new technology or renew the old technologylicenses. Questionnaires collected from faculty and staff during the professionaldevelopment can also be used during the annual assessment.Outline of Changes:
 
Program Integration - The University of Wisconsin
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Green Bay Undergraduate Catalog lists
“technological competence and information literacy” (University of Wisconsin, 2010b, para. 4) as
one of its valuable skills. The Technology Plan is associated with this valuable skill and can beused to implement curriculum. The UW Office of Institutional Research (n.d.) publishes Learning
Outcomes for General Education, with “ability to communicate effectively through listening,speaking, reading, writing, and the use of computers”
listed as the first outcome. It is important toinclude a measureable learning outcome to identify what the tech plan hopes to accomplish.
 
School Pilot Projects/Educational Research - The Association of College and Research Libraries(2000) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education provides researchbased standards, guidance and method of support for the Technology Plan. Additionally, theInternational Society for Technology in Education (2007) NETS for Students provides additionalsupport for this Technology Plan. Although aimed at P12, the NETS for Students are adaptable tohigher education and closely reflect the technology aspects of the ACRL document. By using thisprogram, there is a more obvious outreach intended for the technology plan that brings the planand its objectives full circle for community wide involvement.
 
Software Agreements - Users may not install or change equipment configurations on desktopcomputers without prior approval of the Technology Council. Users may not install software ondesktop computer systems located in student computing labs. Installation of software on assigneddesktop systems will be subject to provisions outlined in The Technology Plan. By defining the

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