The Academic Technologies Formal Community of Practice is a formal CoP (fCoP). This charter describes how it operates.

Purpose

The AT fCoP seeks to develop and implement a collaborative process that engages faculty, students, academic units, and instructional and IT staff in managing the selection, piloting, and assessment of emerging technologies and support for existing technologies to advance the University’s teaching and learning mission.

As part of the seven-month long community of practice, working groups comprised of faculty and staff will implement sustainable practices that address the top priorities identified by the community.

Membership

Membership is open to interested members of the University community. Join the Google group

Leadership

Donalee Attardo, fCoP sponsor

Kate Martin, fCoP co-lead

Bruce Reeves, fCoP co-lead

Life Expectancy

This fCoP will complete in April 2016.

Communication

All fCoP members will meet once monthly as a larger group. Affinity groups will meet through in-person meetings, Google Apps, and email.

Schedule

Kick-off meeting

Large group meetings will be held in HHH 50B according to the following schedule:

  • Monday, November 16, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, December 14, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 20, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, February 15, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, March 14, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, April 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Success Criteria

  • A sustainable and transparent process, using input from the UMN community, will be developed for making good decisions about the implementation and use of academic technology.
  • The University community will be able to easily find and effectively use Academic Technology resources.
  • Recommendations will be made based on research that addresses issues impacting faculty use of academic technologies.

In Scope

  • Development of a central resource for academic technology resources and services at UMN.
  • Creation of a structure to assist with decision-making to select new academic technologies for UMN.
  • Recommendations to go to Provost Karen Hanson and VPCIO Bernard Gulachek.
  • Communication strategies and communications regarding any work taking place under the fCoP charge.

Out of Scope

  • Non-academic technologies

Key Milestones

Milestone

Date

A sustainable and transparent process, using input from the UMN community, will be developed for making good decisions about the implementation and use of academic technology
Gather information, benchmarking best practices at peer institutions and mapping existing processes at UMN.
Draft new processes with transparency.
Identify test cases.
Conduct test case(s) with the new process.
Refine based on input.
Share new process with the community.
The University community will be able to easily find and effectively use Academic Technology resources.
A stakeholder analysis is completed to identify audience subgroups, determine how those groups use and interact with support resources today, and determine their preferences for how to interact with support resources.
Gaps in support and knowledge are identified and next steps recommended.
A central resource for this informatino is created that is easily updatable, has a sustainable process for updating, has an owner, and is searchable.
Recommended support model or set of support models will be developed and communicated. This support model is manageable, scalable, and has a plan for continuous improvement.
Recommendations will be made based on research that addresses issues impacting faculty use of academic technologies.
Findings from a survey of what is being done at peer institutions is included.
A representative survey of what is being done at the University of Minnesota is included.
Research findings based on the literatures surrounding academic technology support in higher education is included.
A final report with recommendations is submitted to AT fCoP leadership team and co-sponsors.

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