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AT fCoP finalizes research, turns to faculty and students for input

February 12, 2016
New AT FCoP Update

The Academic Technologies (AT) Formal Community of Practice (fCoP) is finalizing its research into the ways in which academic technologies are selected, used and supported at the University of Minnesota and its peer institutions, and is now soliciting faculty and student input on how the University can improve its support for teaching and learning with academic technologies.

Affinity groups began collaborating on a list of faculty survey questions in December, and distributed the final survey to more than 4,500 faculty on Thursday. Survey responses will help guide models of support, identify barriers for integrating new technologies and suggest incentives for the exemplary use of these technologies across the institution.

In addition, AT fCoP leadership has engaged members of the Senate Committee for Information Technologies (SCIT) and the Academy of Distinguished Teachers (ADT), sharing fCoP progress and asking for feedback. This feedback has helped shape the direction of affinity group work and will help guide the fCoP’s final recommendations to Provost Karen Hanson and Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer Bernard Gulachek in April.

The next phase is the collection of student input through iPad surveys at the Technology Help Walk-in locations and one-on-one discussions with students at Coffman Memorial Union, the St. Paul Student Center, UMD Stores and more. The fCoP expects to begin these activities the week of Feb. 22.

Meanwhile, the Decision-Making Framework affinity group will continue to review the results of their research and begin development of a sustainable and transparent process for implementing and using academic technologies at the University. They expect to start generating use cases and discussing framework options at their half-day working session, planned for late February or early March.

To learn more about the AT fCoP, join us for the next full group meeting on Monday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. in Hubert H. Humphrey Room 50B or visit the Academic Technologies fCoP website.