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Academic Technology fCoP launches, establishes affinity groups

November 11, 2015
atfcop update

More than 150 faculty and staff gathered at the McNamara Alumni Center for the Academic Technology (AT) formal community of practice (fCoP) kickoff event on Oct. 23 and, since then, have driven towards the development of processes for selecting and testing new learning tools at the University.

“We hope to bring new energy and a clearer focus on the question of how best to support our faculty and staff aspirations in the realm of academic technology and support for exciting and effective teaching,” said Karen Hanson, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. “This is the start of an ongoing discussion, not a one off initiative, but the first movement of partnership that will be sustained over time between our teaching and learning communities and our IT community.”

The fCoP has since conducted listening sessions and an online survey to identify the priorities and needs of the University community. Based on this input, co-leads Kate Martin, Assistant Director for the Center for Educational Innovation, and Bruce Reeves, Manager of Academic Support at the University of Minnesota Duluth, have established the following affinity groups:

  • Decision-making process and framework for academic technology,

  • Improving and increasing exemplary use of academic technology, and

  • Continuum of support (local to central).

These affinity groups will help focus the efforts of the fCoP, and those interested in participating should attend the next fCoP meeting on Nov. 16 at 10-11:30 a.m. in HHH 50B to learn more. Refreshments will be provided.

For additional information on the AT fCoP, and to join the Google Group, visit the AT fCoP website.