Elaine Chen & Stan Kruse,Kelly McKenna,Li-Shan Tao,Matt Titchener,Kevin Nolan,Tim Amidon
In recent years, there has been an explosion of digital learning tools available to faculty. Some of these tools are available at cost and some are open source, or free of charge. Integrating tools on the enterprise level often requires a vetting process to ensure system compatibility, state and federal compliance (e.g., FERPA), software stability, data security and privacy, data access that supports CSU analytics efforts, and that CSU Canvas administrators can provide support and maintenance. However, these concerns have become increasingly important for single-course installations, too. When instructors install tools in their courses, they often do not ask these vital questions, which have substantive implications for students’ data privacy, the university’s ability to support students’ learning and academic success, and ACNS’s capacity to provide effective campus-wide support. Because the landscape for the use of digital tools is undergoing substantial change, CSU policy and process needs to not only catch up, but get ahead of that change. During the fall term, Research & Analytics (R&A) and TILT charged a committee to develop an approval process for small and large-scale adoptions of digital tools and to communicate to all of campus important considerations, as well as about digital tools that have passed scrutiny. Attend this session to learn more about the implications of using digital tools and this new committee’s progress in their efforts.
Goals and Target Audience:
The audience for this session is primarily faculty, but support staff who work with educational technology should find the discussion informative. Attendees should leave the session with a more complete understanding of the implications of using technology tools in their residential and online courses.