Published July 12, 2021 by New Working Group to Envision the Relationship of Teaching and Technology After BOLT

New Working Group to Envision the Relationship of Teaching and Technology After BOLT

In the Fall 2021 semester, the Teaching and Technology Working Group will be established with a charge to identify ways to support faculty in the classroom.
The Governance and Faculty Affairs (GFA) Committee has established the Teaching and Technology Working Group with a charge to identify ways to support faculty in the classroom. Part of this work includes “Determining if BOLT partnerships developed during the COVID-19 pandemic should be maintained or modified.” Sherri Braxton, Senior Director for Digital Innovation, and Patrick Rael, Professor of History, will serve as co-chairs of the working group that will consider questions including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Are there uses of technology developed in the recent past that will improve teaching and accessibility going forward? If so, what are they, and how will they improve our ability to educate our students?
  • What are the relationships and bridges built through BOLT? Should they be made more visible and accessible to faculty and staff? Why or why not? If they should, then how do we do that?
  • How do we ensure that learning goals are driving choices about technology?
  • How do we incorporate faculty input into the process of allocating resources toward technology?
  • What role does the faculty play in the safeguarding of our privacy and intellectual property rights when it comes to outside vendors like Blackboard and Zoom? What does the faculty want and need to know in order to feel informed and secure? What is the best way for the faculty to participate in this ongoing work?
  • How do we educate faculty about software acquisition?
The working group will submit reports and all underlying data, with any recommendations, including pathways to implementation through standing committees to GFA by early December 2021.