Technical Level: Low
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?
Play It Now!
Patricia L Baia
Albany Law School
Links to ERIC database (http://eric.ed.gov/)