Faculty Engagement /Technology Adoption: Round table discussion

Audience: All
Technical Level: Low

Presentation Powerpoint: Faculty_Rewards.ppt
Book References: references.pdf

Law School’s employ faculty for the primary roles of: teaching, researching, and producing publications. However in addition to these responsibilities it is clear faculty are expected to participate in committees, advise student, develop curriculum, organize scholastic activities, attend events, adopt technology, act as a liaison, continually self educate in their respective fields, attend and present at workshops/conferences, and play an active role in the community.

This round-table discussion is targeted to focus on our institutions organizational structure, culture, departmental priorities, and reward systems that shape the roles of each faculty member (at least prior to tenure). It is clear that many challenges emerge when a dis-connect occurs between these systems and the drive to engage faculty in technology adoption. Put another way, faculty roles are changing and the review, promotion, and tenure system is not.

I am hoping we can move close to answering the following questions:

*What are the current organizational structures, cultures, department priorities, and reward systems at your institution?

*How can they be changed to incorporate a technology adoption component directly in each system and promote/motivate faculty participation? (i.e. time, funding, staff, tenure, etc?)

*How can we increase faculty participation in professional development activities to better prepare them for technology pedagogy?

*How can engaged faculty, students, and support staff work together as a change agent to promote organizational change?

*How do we evaluate teaching and learning in adoption initiatives and who is accountable?

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Patricia L Baia
Instructional Technologist
Albany Law School

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About Elmer Masters

Elmer R. Masters is the Director of Technology at the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (www.cali.org) where he works on interesting projects involving technology and legal education like eLangdell, Classcaster, Lawbooks, QuizWright, and the CALI website. He has nearly 25 years of experience building tech tools for legal education and systems for accessing law and legal materials on the Internet. He is the admin of the Teknoids mailing list (www.teknoids.net) and has been blogging about legal education, law, and technology for over 15 years (www.symphora.com). He has a JD from Syracuse University College of Law and was employed by Syracuse, Cornell Law School, and Emory University School of Law before joining CALI in 2003. Elmer has presented at the CALI Conference for Law School Computing (where he organizes the program), the AALL and AALS Annual Meetings, Law Via The Internet, and other conferences, symposia, and workshops on topics ranging from IT management in law schools to building open access court reporting systems to information architecture design and implementation in law.
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