V. College Goals and Projects

D. College of Education

(Revised January, 2000)

During the past year, we have made reasonable progress in the College of Education (COE) toward our goals as identified in the technology plan:

* All faculty have adequate computers in their offices which are networked to the campus for printing, e-mail, internet access, and library services. Inadequate computers have been upgraded on a priority basis as funds are available. During 1999, several faculty computers were upgraded as approved by the COE Technology Committee. ARCC and ETI funds were utilized for these upgrades.

* The Young Center for Technology Integration has provided an excellent resource to utilize technology in courses for students and to demonstrate technology for faculty professional development. (This project was funded by a donation from Dale and Adele Young.)

* COE classrooms have been improved by adding or upgrading teaching stations and COE computer labs by upgrading outdated equipment.

* We have begun the ongoing process of professional development with faculty in promoting seamless integration of appropriate technology through in-house training and TLTR and CATS workshops.

The COE does acknowledge several needs that are currently or in the future going to impact technology, students, and faculty. These areas are student tracking, professional development, equipment upgrades, distance learning, online instruction (including WSU online) and technology integration in teaching and learning.

Due to the changing nature of present technology and the growing demand by faculty for specific technology, individual projects within the COE have not been identified as a part of this plan. Realizing that individual needs as well as general needs of the COE should be considered in the implementation of this plan, and that limited financial resources are presently available, individual and general proposals for technology in the COE will be considered by the COE Technology Committee. Proposals may be funded from existing resources of the COE or may be included in the COE proposal to the ARCC. Any such proposals will be consistent with COE priorities and represent current needs.

Based on our accomplishments and projected needs, the COE has identified the following priorities as guidelines for this plan:

* High-quality multimedia teaching station and student workstation development to give all classrooms access to this technology within the COE (Education Building and HPHP classrooms).

* Faculty professional development regarding usage of technology to support their teaching.

* Faculty computer upgrades and maintenance on a systematic basis.

* Computer lab upgrades and maintenance on a systematic basis. (Education 333, and Human Performance Lab)

* Upgrades to the Young Center to facilitate distance learning origination and reception.

* Technology support of the Melba S. Lehner Children's School.

* Technology support for course redesign and development, including course web pages to support teaching and learning, as well as online course development for WSU online.

We feel that it is imperative for the COE to model, and teach appropriate technology use for all our students, especially pre-service teachers. In addition, the COE collaborates with a variety of agencies in the community, including public schools, social services agencies, and family support agencies. Technology facilitates these partnerships by making services more visible to the community and by increasing efficiency of communication.