The Technology and Learning Committee, composed of representatives from all academic units and key partner areas, is the governance committee for academic technology at The University of Alabama. The Technology and Learning Committee gathers, shares, and disseminates information related to the use of technology to support teaching and learning at The University of Alabama.
- Facilitate communications about requests and needs for campus-wide or cross-departmental contracts or purchases of technologies used for academic purposes.
- Provide awareness of academic technology resources and services available to members of the campus community.
- Gather data that can be used to make decisions related to academic technology.
- Make recommendations regarding academic technology policies, procedures, solutions, and decisions.
- Serve as a communication channel to invite participation from all academic areas to academic technology webinars, product demos, and activities.
- Share information about how technology can assist specific campus groups to meet academic goals.
- Provide a resource for individuals to represent academic technology on other UA committees and groups.
- Disseminate information about trends and emerging academic technologies.
Every college Dean shall appoint at least two representatives, at least one faculty member and an instructional technology support person. In addition, there shall be representation from the University Libraries, the Center for Instructional Technology, the Office of Disability Services, University Supply Store, Office of Institutional Research & Assessment, the Faculty Senate, and Enrollment Management-Testing and Technology Support Services.
Special Interest Groups
- Multimedia SIG – topics to focus on specifications, standards, issue resolution, and emerging technologies related to instructional technology in the classroom.
- Additional SIGs will be created as necessary and focus on additional instructional technology topics.
The TLC meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month with the exception of December or Spring break if those Tuesdays fall during academic breaks.
Examples of Meeting Topics
Following are some of the topics covered during TLC meetings:
- Technology accessibility for emerging technologies
- Tours of North Lawn classrooms, the Digital Media Center, the Capstone College of Nursing simulation labs, UA MakerSpace, the Office of Disability Services, and Testing Services
- Presentations by students in the Computer-Based Honors Program
- Surveys of instructors and students about academic technology needs and use
- OIT updates regarding software licensing, cybersecurity, the IT Service Desk, and systems/networks
- Technology use for research in the Capstone College of Nursing
- How the Taskstream system was chosen for program assessment
- Social Media for travel courses
- Using Argos for data collection and analysis
- Panel on video and web conferencing options at UA
- Emerging technology trends
- The Student Success Initiative
- Best practices for online teaching
- QEP Learning in Action
- CCS Academic Outreach organization and instructor workflow
- Requests for proposals and registration for the UA System Scholars Institute
- Requests for nominations for the CIT Faculty Technology Showcase
In addition to the topics covered during the meetings, the membership list is used by members to share information including invitations to instructional technology webinars, vendor demonstrations, and event notifications.
Dr. Kevin Whitaker, Provost, through Dr. John McGowan, Vice Provost for Information Technology