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Vision Group 10: Learning in the Information age--Technology, Library, and Online Learning

Facilitator

Linda Deneen

Vision Group Members

Amanda Evans
Anne Torkelson
Benjamin Kading
Cheryl Read
Colleen Belk
Jim Kolar
Jodi Carlson
Katie Groves
Katie Rineck
Linda Deneen
Lisa Reeves
Lori Stroik
Lynn Burbank
Michael Mullins
Robert Krumwiede
Sunshine Carter

Proposed Vision for UMD in 2020 Related to this Topic

UMD expands access to higher education through innovative integration of teaching and delivery modes and coordination of information resources, library, technology, and support systems. Pedagogy and technology are appropriately integrated to encourage self-directed, student-centered learning and critical thinking, where students create knowledge as well as apply it. Administrators actively support different modes of learning and course delivery in order to offer students and faculty flexibility and choices that best meet their needs.  

UMD students, faculty and staff embrace a variety of technology tools and information resources not constrained by place or time. Mobile devices are ubiquitous. Faculty use technology to support learning and teaching, and students use technology as an enhancement to their learning. Staff and faculty use technology tools to do their work efficiently, to enhance services, and to support the student learning process. The campus community accesses a wide array of information resources and is able to effectively assess its value and appropriate use. UMD research and creative works are broadly disseminated to the world using technology.

Proposed Goals for UMD to Achieve in the Next Three-Five Years Related to this Topic

  1. UMD will deliver courses in a variety of modes in order to offer students and faculty flexibility and choices that best meet their needs.
  2. Students, faculty, and staff will embrace, effectively assess, and adapt to a variety of technology tools and information resources.
  3. Appropriately integrated pedagogy and technology will encourage self-directed, student-centered learning and critical thinking, where students create knowledge as well as apply it.
  4. Research and creative works will be broadly disseminated to the world using technology.

Proposed Action Steps for UMD to Achieve in the Next One-Two Years Related to this Topic

Goal #1: UMD will deliver courses in a variety of modes in order to offer students and faculty flexibility and choices that best meet their needs.

  1. Provide administrative, financial, technical, and pedagogical support and information resources for course design and delivery modes (face-to-face, hybrid, hyflex, online, and others that may emerge).
  2. Revise UMD policies and procedures to empower faculty to choose the delivery mode (face-to-face, hybrid, hyflex, online, and others that may emerge) that most effectively supports learning outcomes.
  3. Assess student needs regarding course delivery modes (face-to-face, hybrid, hyflex, online, and others that may emerge), compared to actual courses offered, and evaluate the need for change.

Goal #2: Students, faculty, and staff will embrace, effectively assess, and adapt to a variety of technology tools and information resources.

  1. Expand UMD implementation of financial aid rules for students and revise University policies for faculty and staff to support home Internet access, personal mobile devices, and emerging technologies.
  2. Advocate for regional network infrastructure development to support the use of mobile devices unconstrained by place or time.
  3. Actively seek out emerging technology tools, determine whether they may enhance student learning, and pilot them in the learning environment to assess pedagogical effectiveness.
  4. Support continuing education of all employees to learn and use new technologies, skills, and information.

Goal #3: Appropriately integrated pedagogy and technology will encourage self-directed, student-centered learning and critical thinking, where students create knowledge as well as apply it.

  1. Provide resources that assist faculty in reexamining pedagogical practices to inform the appropriate application of student-centered learning, divergent thinking, self direction, technology tools, and information literacy.
  2. Integrate ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education into selected courses by using embedded librarians.
  3. Promote a collaborative, experiential teaching and learning model that encourages divergent thinking and the development of the unique strengths of the individual (see Robinson’s TED Talk on Changing Education Paradigms).

Goal #4: Research and creative works will be broadly disseminated to the world using technology.

  1. Collaborate with all Minnesota institutions of higher education to create a Minnesota Digital Library, similar to the California Digital Library.
  2. Promote open-access publishing and digital depositories.
  3. Subsidize publishing in open-access journals and participation in professional online conferences.

 

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