20.1 Use, Selection, and Support of Educational Technology
Reviewed May 26, 2016
Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) has a mandate to be innovative in the use of educational technology to enhance student learning. Inherent in this mandate is an obligation to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of current and new technologies in support of the learning process. It is the policy of GGC that both the authority and the obligation to use and assess educational technologies resides primarily with the individual faculty member under guidelines established by the Dean of their respective schools.
There are technologies whose effective and/or efficient use necessitates a ubiquitous requirement for all faculty. Grade Reporting and Tracking technologies are one example. Any member of the GGC community may request the approval of a ubiquitous requirement. The approval process is:
- Review and recommendations from the Educational Technology Committee
- Approval by all Deans
- Approval by both the Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/Provost and the Vice President for Educational Technology (VPET)
- Approval of the Faculty Senate
The Office of Educational Technology directs and supports the assessment of technology use in the learning environment. Faculty have an obligation to participate in and cooperate with the College’s assessment activities. These activities will be coordinated through the Offices of the Deans and are collaborative efforts including the individual faculty, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Director of Learning Technology Research, the Associate Vice President for Technology Development and Evaluation, and the Director of Institutional Effectiveness. The OET, the College, and the University System of Georgia will use aggregate data for research and broader assessments.
Limited resources may restrict the number of technologies that can be deployed and supported by the Office of Educational Technology. The Vice President for Educational Technology will make the decision on the allocation of resources in discussion with Deans, the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Faculty Technology Committee. It is also the responsibility of the VPET to collect information on the technology needs, determine resource requirements, and acquire the necessary funding if possible. Procedures for recommending technologies for deployment and support will be approved by the Office of Educational Technology and the Dean.
20.2 Learning Management System Usage Policy
Reviewed May 26, 2016
GGC faculty are required to offer online activities that ultimately equip our students with strategies to succeed in a technology-rich environment. At a minimum, all faculty should have a syllabus, calendar/schedule, and grade book available online; these should be made available through the GGC adopted learning management system (LMS.)
Having the essential class documents, the class syllabus, schedule, and gradebook online makes them available to students as a 24/7 reference. Using our adopted Learning Management System, as the standard medium to offer at least this essential information for every class gives students a unified expectation across classes, college-wide.
In addition to the syllabus, calendar and gradebook, it is recommended that GGC faculty move toward using the adopted learning management system to: extend student engagement with the discussion tool, assess student preparedness using online quizzing, and encourage handing in assignments electronically using the dropbox. These three tools encourage greater student participation and responsibility.