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Faculty Engagement Strategies:

Sharing Findings and Discussing


Challenges

Project website: http://www.comets.iastate.edu/ed-techresources/current-projects/faculty-engagement-survey

Presenters
Jacob E. Larsen, Ph.D.
Emerging Technology Specialist
Iowa State University

Jim Twetten
Director of Academic Technologies
Iowa State University

Overview
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Audience poll
Project overview
Audience poll and discussion
Selected strategies and data
Questions and discussion
Conclusion

Project website: http://www.comets.iastate.edu/ed-techresources/current-projects/faculty-engagement-survey

Audience Poll

What is your role in your organization?

Faculty
Senior and Support IT Staff
Instructional Technologist or Designer, Dean, or
Academic Officer
ClO, Dean, or Senior IT
Librarian

Project Overview

ComETS (Community of Educational Technology


Support) created in 2009
Challenge to engage faculty
Trying various strategies listserv, website, annual symposium /
mini-conference

Jan 2014 started research by looking at university


websites to find strategies
Started discussion on some EDUCAUSE mailing
lists and at 2014 ELI Annual Meeting
Started data collection in March 2014 - ongoing

Value

Need to proactively identify need


Need to educate users on whats possible
Need to understand what problems theyre
trying to solve.
Need strategies for educating and pulling
deeper needs, before faculty even know they
have those needs.

Audience Poll and Discussion


What is your biggest challenge in faculty
engagement?

1= Very ineffective 5= Very effective

Strategy Comparison
5
4.5
4
3.5
3
2.5
2

Mean

1.5

SD

1
0.5
0
1

6
7
8
9
Strategies
Green outline: Respondents using strategy => 10
No outline: Respondents using strategy <= 6

10

11

Does you institution


1. Conduct a local conference or educational technology event(s) to encourage
innovation and sharing?
4. Use a faculty advisory group to advise on educational technology use and
support?
6. Employ local IT liaisons in different departments and units?
11. Maintain a website with links to local and outside technological / pedagogical /
professional resources relevant to educational technology use?

Do you conduct a local conference or educational


technology event(s) to encourage innovation and
sharing?

How effective do you feel it is?


Responses = 24
Mean
SD

4.125
0.85

Median

Mode

Scale: 1=Very ineffective | 5=Very effective

Respondents planning to continue use: 24 / 24

Do you conduct a local conference or educational


technology event(s) to encourage innovation and
sharing?
Three main benefits:
Faculty sharing of ideas and experiences (11)
Makes faculty aware of
new educational technologies
innovative uses of ed. technologies and / or
good ed. tech. practices (8)
Challenges faculty to think about ed. tech. and / or
creates a focus on ed. tech. (7)
Encourages and rewards innovation (6)
Allows and encourages faculty networking (6)

Do you conduct a local conference or educational


technology event(s) to encourage innovation and
sharing?
Three main issues to consider when implementing:
Encouraging attendance (16)
Prizes / raffle / food
Presentations by peers
Selecting topics of interest
Faculty/staff availability to attend (12)
Planning, organization, marketing (10)
Top-down support helpful
Use a faculty planning committee

Does your institution use a faculty advisory group to


advise on educational technology use and support?

How effective do you feel it is?


Responses = 14
Mean

3.64

SD

1.08

Median

Mode

Scale: 1=Very ineffective | 5=Very effective

Respondents planning to continue use: 14 / 14

Does your institution use a faculty advisory group to advise


on educational technology use and support?
Three main benefits
Promotes cross-campus perspectives, provides feedback
on faculty needs and priorities, and enhances faculty
voice in campus technology governance (12)
Promotes and improves communication with faculty,
dissemination of information, technology implementation
and faculty technology awareness. (9)
Helps instruction drive technology adoption and prioritize
strategic needs. Also promotes faculty development and
provides organized body for evaluation of faculty use of
technology for teaching and research. (5)

Does your institution use a faculty advisory group to advise


on educational technology use and support?
Three main issues to consider when implementing:
Group should have a faculty chair to help keep
meetings productive. Recognize faculty participation
and compensate them for their time/service. (6)
Make IT staff part of the group and try to have mix of
novice/experienced faculty in terms of technology
usage from across campus. Consider including
library staff and students. (6)
Try to make group an official governance committee
with a clear, strategic mission with available funding
to decide on actionable items: It needs institutional
support for impact. (4)

Does your institution maintain a website with links to local


and outside technological / pedagogical / professional
resources relevant to educational technology use?

How effective do you feel it is?


Responses = 14
Mean
SD
Median
Mode
Scale: 1=Very ineffective | 5=Very effective

3.20
1.03
3
2

Respondents planning to continue use: 10 / 10

Does your institution maintain a website with links to local


and outside technological / pedagogical / professional
resources relevant to educational technology use?
Three main benefits
Provides an easily accessible resource that is
available 24/7 (7)
Provides a central location for curated collection of
resources (6)
Provides helpful resource when talking to faculty
and doing training (2)

Does your institution maintain a website with links to local


and outside technological / pedagogical / professional
resources relevant to educational technology use?
Three main issues to consider when implementing:
Gathering and maintaining comprehensive site
resources while keeping them current (8)
Organization, structure and formatting of resources
(5)
Ensuring that resources are easily located and
publicized to the appropriate audience (4)
Ability to grant authoring rights to select faculty and
staff in order to involve faculty more in content
creation, recommendation and distribution (2)

Audience Poll
What is the most effective faculty engagement
strategy you use on your campus?
(open-ended question answers should be visible
to audience)

Conclusion

Questions and Discussion

Project website: http://www.comets.iastate.edu/ed-techresources/current-projects/faculty-engagement-survey