Faculty Committee on the Future of Technology-Enhanced Education at NYU

The charge for this group is to facilitate the process of developing a vision for the future of teaching and learning at the University, especially as it relates to the use of technology innovations.
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To that end, the committee

  • Promotes experimentation in the schools with technology-enhanced approaches to teaching and research, consulting broadly with faculty, students, and staff
  • Identifies and promotes existing projects and future opportunities to explore and assess the pedagogical benefits associated with the use of technology to support teaching and learning objectives
  • Identifies and promotes best practices for course design and instruction using technology, and for institutional support of technology-enhanced education
  • Develops means for assessing technology-enhanced courses, in consultation with experts in assessment and technology-enhanced education from within or outside the University, and promotes the sharing of these assessments across the schools
  • Makes recommendations for instructional technology improvements to the Teaching Technology Committee; educates faculty on how decisions are made in this area at NYU
  • Reviews individual schools’ initiatives in technology-enhanced education, to determine if a University-level strategy emerges and to prepare the University to respond to both challenges and opportunities that arise in this area

User Advisory Group/Digital Learning Environment Committee

The User Advisory Group is a recommendatory committee intended to capture the needs of our user community; it develops granular User Needs Reports (see below) both on topics that its own members surface and at the behest of the Digital Learning Committee (DLE).  It is not a decision-making committee; its recommendations must be endorsed by the DLE before they are passed on to the Teaching Technology Committee (TTC) for final review and potential adoption.  In recommending solutions for user needs, the UAG is informed by the landscape reviews of available platforms for meeting particular needs (e.g. web-conferencing) that the Instructional Technologists Subcommittee provides.

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In consultation with the appropriate individuals and groups (faculty, students, service delivery units and project teams), the Digital Learning Environment committee provides a focus on next generation digital learning environment tools.
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To that end, the committee

  • Ensures features of new tools are benchmarked against existing supported NYU educational tools, define, approve and review tool pilots, make recommendations on communications surrounding educational tools to the NYU community
  • Makes recommendations about vision, future direction, tool prioritization and resource allocation to the full Teaching Technology Committee and other advisory, community and governance groups
  • Defines and measure success of educational tool pilots
  • Define a process for promoting tool adoption
  • Delivers a year end report with recommendations for tool purchase and adoption
  • Matures the work of the User Advisory Group to support instructional technology as a well as learning management tools and services planning

Instructional Technologists Committee

The Instructional Technologists Committee facilitates the conversation, coordination, and resources necessary to support faculty in re-imagining their courses and curricula with technology enhancements.
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To that end, the committee

  • Surfaces school-based, portal-based, and site-based instructional technology needs, with the goal of coordinating decision-making so that, where possible, University-wide solutions can be reached and shared
  • Continues to address emerging support needs through the evaluation and assessment of instructional technology services
  • Enhances the information architecture (e.g., visibility, navigability) of existing online resources about technology-enhanced education, and ensure that online resources (e.g., the FAQs, the inventory of online and hybrid/blended courses, and the bibliography of articles about technology-enhanced education) are regularly updated
  • Develops and disseminates best practices and emerging trends for instructional uses of technology, especially standards for online courses
  • Develops and disseminate training and workshop materials for instructors and instructional technologists across NYU
  • Creates instructional technology targets and goals as well as coordination of instructional technology pilots
  • Considers and collaborates across school and central teams on shared systems, code libraries, Data Asset Management systems, and file type standards