Establishment of a Task Force on the
Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning

AS-2204-94/Floor - March 10-11, 1994

WHEREAS, There is a national initiative to establish an information super highway using technology which enables access to information and learning to a broad range of constituents, including educational institutions, business corporations, and homes which will require that persons in most, if not all, occupations will need to be technology literate; and

WHEREAS, The California State University has established the Commission on Learning Resources and Instructional Technology (CLRIT) which encourages the development of and provides oversight over academic program projects incorporating the use of technology in teaching and learning; and

WHEREAS, CLRIT has established Project DELTA (Direct Enhancement of Learning Through Technology Assistance and Alternatives) which has initiated a program to stimulate intercampus development of prototype academic program models that incorporate the use of technology in the teaching and learning process; and

WHEREAS, CLRIT and Project DELTA are concurrently fostering and overseeing development of intercampus focus groups in a number of disciplines which are designing academic projects incorporating the use of technology in the teaching and learning process; and

WHEREAS, Many CSU campuses have developed and are offering a vast array of academic courses and programs to students at distant sites off campus; and

WHEREAS, There is little current research on the effects of technology on meeting the learning needs of diverse CSU student populations, and little information on successes, failures, and problems associated with the recent distance learning programs offered by CSU campuses; and

WHEREAS, There are issues related to the appropriate use of technology in teaching and learning both on campus and off campus including, but not limited to curriculum issues, faculty issues, student issues, and K-12 issues; therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University establish a task force to examine the issues and recommend policies related to the use of technology in teaching and learning in the university; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU charge the task force to address issues related to the appropriate use of technology in teaching and learning both on campus and off campus including, but not limited to

• Curriculum issues, such as a faculty position on the need for the application of campus policies and procedures for approving distance learning courses and programs, including intercampus agreements of transfer credit;

• Faculty issues, such as intellectual property rights, workload related to course planning and delivery, student-faculty ratio, and the need for faculty development;

• Student issues, such as addressing equity and access to technology including equipment requirements, student training, and support for student needs provided in the American Disability Act;

• K-12 issues, such as positions on the use of technology and how it can enhance the link to K-12 schools and how it can be used to create partnerships to better prepare students for entrance into higher education institutions.

APPROVED -- MAY 5-6, 1994



 
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