Activity 3: Educational Technology
As enrollment in our graduate educational programs grows, so does the demand for educational technology resources. Currently, we have over 400 graduate students, with projected growth to 1,000 within 5 years. With each new student there is a greater demand on educational technology resources and support. This activity will enhance our technology resource support to better allow for growth, provide enhanced student support, and to maintain our resources at the cutting edge for education. Included are upgraded computer and software systems for the existing technology centers on campus, as well as classroom technology. In preparation for a developing strategy of online course delivery, we will also invest in improved video capture and production facilities to enhance asynchronous education methods. With the growth of off-campus clinical programs, and the increasing demand for videoconferencing and online teaching, the Learning Resources Department will add an Instructional Designer, while maintaining current staffing of a Lab Manager, and a computer/AV technician to provide support for all programs. Services provided will include: instructional design for faculty, video-capture, video conferencing, data management, and Learning Management System administration. The key role of the instructional designer will be to work with faculty in developing their courses ensuring clear goals, objectives and rubrics, and to assist in developing materials appropriate to online education. The Lab Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of all computer labs and classrooms and ensure classroom equipment is operating at an optimum level. The Computer/AV Technician role will be to maintain the computers and workstations, and support technology usage.
Darlene Parker-Kelly, MLS
Director, Health Sciences Library