What is the Role of Academic Technology in Higher Education?

Technology is fundamentally changing the way we live and work. It is clear that there is an ever increasing need to formulate a strategy to improve students’ success and abilities to meet future challenges in this digital landscape. Student success focuses on deep and meaningful learning experiences that move to blend informal and formal learning.  In order to implement a strategy, one must first address the campus culture, as it has a powerful influence over academic transformation (Brown, 2015).  words that read: InnovationOur commitment to creating a learning paradigm that builds 21st Century skills, knowledge, experiences, and competence is critical to the future of our learners and our educators. Our goal is to create a culture where institutional commitment supports our learners and educators with respect to exploration and innovation of both technological and pedagogical implementation through collective and meaningful participation across the institution. Leadership, vision and communication is critical to the effectiveness of this effort.   As we begin to create collaborative partnerships designed to build relationships with faculty, staff, and students , we engage in an effort that spurs continuous exploration and innovation. Drawing upon what we know of  ‘communities of practice’,  we develop opportunities for faculty to participate as 21st century digital learners, that will in turn model the the very skills and experience that our students need to become self-directed, problem-solvers. Focusing on how we teach and what we teach with respect to supporting digital natives will allow us to create meaningful experiences and engagement that model 21st century learning.

M.B. (2015, November 11). 7 Things to Know About Leading Academic Transformation | NextGen Learning. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. Retrieved April 02, 2016, from http://nextgenlearning.org/blog/7-things-know-about-leading-academic-transformation

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