What is Faculty Technology Leadership?
Each summer Information Technology Services issues a call to all departments requesting nominations for full-time faculty to participate in the Faculty Technology Leadership (FTL) course. A new group of 10 to 15 faculty is accepted every year to participate in the program. Faculty participants come from all over campus and often have a wide variety of technical skills and experience. Students register and receive graduate credit for GRAD-7800 and GRAD-7810 as part of the program.
The class meets every Friday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 in the ATS computer lab in the Sherrod Library. Dr. Karen King, CIO and Senior Vice Provost for Information Technology Services, provides guidance and support as the instructor of record. Staff members from Academic Technology Services provide the majority of the weekly technology instruction and discussion sessions.
Participants are expected to become technology leaders within their own departments and colleges, providing assistance and advice where appropriate, and modeling practices of technology integration in their courses. Participants who complete the two semester course receive a laptop and other equipment to assist them as they integrate technology in their courses. This equipment can include video cameras, microphones, headsets, and web cameras.
The Faculty Technology Leadership course supports faculty who are interested in integrating technology with education. Course content includes the use of course management system applications, multimedia applications, and applications required for efficient and effective delivery of electronic course materials.
The purpose of this course is to support faculty in the creation of electronic course materials and best practices for delivery via an online or web-enhanced environment.
- To provide faculty with the technical skills required to effectively integrate technology in teaching that will improve student learning.
- To provide faculty with the technical skills required to effectively mentor colleagues in issues related to the technical applications of instruction in higher education.
- To provide faculty with the technical skills required to create multimedia instructional course materials.