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University of Nebraska at Omaha
College of Education
Technology Plan Summary

Working Document
Approved by College of Education Faculty
October 25, 2001
Updated October, 2007

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INTRODUCTION

The College of Education Technology Plan identifies how the College of Education (COE) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) endeavors to use technology to prepare: 1) Dedicated Practitioners, 2) Reflective Scholars and 3) Responsible Citizens.

“Effective technology plans focus on learning needs and applications, not on technology.” (Anderson, 2000, p. 19.) The College of Education is committed to developing teaching and learning environments that encourage the use of technology to support practices which contribute to the learning process. The College of Education’s Technology Plan will identify how the college supports the use of technology in the preparation of its candidates as supported by: 1) national standards (e.g., NCATE, ISTE, ASHA, CACREP) and 2) local standards (e.g., Rule 20, which ask colleges of education to provide their students with “essential knowledge, established and current research findings, and sound professional practices in the latest communication technologies...and in the use of such technologies in the instructional processes.” (Rule 20: 006.01F.)

The College of Education believes that the infusion of technology into a learning environment will empower candidates to move beyond traditional teaching and learning boundaries. This will enable the development of an independent and interdependent community of learners that extends beyond the confines of the classroom. The College of Education will strive to enable candidates to develop the technological literacy and expertise needed to learn, teach, live, and communicate efficiently and effectively in an evolving Digital Age.

The College of Education acknowledges that a “...combination of essential conditions is required to create learning environments conducive to powerful uses of technology, including:” (ISTE, 2007).
A. Vision with support and proactive leadership from the education system
B. Educators skilled in the use of technology for learning
C. Content standards and curriculum resources
D. Student-centered approaches to learning
E. Assessment of the effectiveness of technology for learning
F. Access to contemporary technologies, software, and telecommunications networks
G. Technical assistance for maintaining and using technology resources
H. Community partners who provide expertise, support, and real-life interactions
I. Ongoing financial support for sustained technology use
J. Policies and standards supporting new learning environments

COE Vision Statement

COE Mission Statement

Philosophy, Purpose, and Goals

The College of Education’s philosophy and purpose are grounded in the central principles identified by the faculty for preparing graduates who are dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens. Briefly, as dedicated practitioners, our candidates integrate content knowledge, evidence based practice and learning theory to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.  As reflective scholars, they learn to appreciate the continuity between theory and application and develop the ability to critique, conduct, and use research to generate and incorporate sustainable best practice. And, as responsible citizens, our candidates understand that diversity encompasses all community environments, cultural backgrounds, and exceptional learning needs. The college adheres to the underlying belief that all children can learn.

 

College of Education Technology Plan
Current Status & Recommendations

I. Computer Hardware

Current:

A. Student Computer Labs
B. Faculty/Staff Computers
C. Laptop Carts
D. Multimedia equipment checkout [http://coe.unomaha.edu/technology.php]
E. File Servers
F. Network Printers
G. High-Tech Classrooms [http://its.unomaha.edu/hitech.php]
H. Distance Education Technology [http://mycampus.unomaha.edu]
I. Network Infrastructure  

Recommendation

Systematic identification for updating of hardware as needed for learning, instruction, research, and administrative tasks.

II. Computer Software:

Current:

A. Word Processing (ex. Microsoft Word)
B. Spreadsheets (ex. Microsoft Excel)
C. Presentations (ex. Microsoft PowerPoint)
D. Database (ex. Microsoft Access)
E. E-mail (Lotus Notes)
F. Internet Browser (ex. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari)
G. Inspiration/Kidspiration
H. iLife Suite/ Media Center Suite
I. Webpage Development (ex. Mozilla, Dreamweaver)
J. Data Analysis (ex. SPSS, Minitab, Maple, SAS)  

Recommendation:

Systematic identification for updating of software as needed for learning, instruction, research, and administrative tasks.

III. Web-Based Application

Current:

A. myUNO (course management) [myuno.unomaha.edu]
B. myMail (email) [mymail.unomaha.edu]
C. myFolder (storage) [myfolder.unomaha.edu]
D. myWeb (webpage posting) [myweb.unomaha.edu]
E. myMAPP (eportfolio) [mymapp.unomaha.edu]
F. eBruno (enrollment services system) [ebruno.unomaha.edu]
G. SIS (Student Information System)
H. CCMS (Course Catalog Maintenance System)
I. COE ePortfolio [portfolio.unomaha.edu]
J. WebOffice [weboffice.unomaha.edu]

IV. College of Education Staff, Faculty, and Administration Technology Training and Development

Current:

A. COE and Campus Technology Intersession Activities  [http://coe.unomaha.edu/intersession]
B. Technology Brown Bag Seminars
C. Center for Faculty Development [www.unomaha.edu/facdevelop]
D. Academic Partnership for Instruction [api.unomaha.edu]
E. Hiring of New Staff, Faculty, and Administrators with Technology Expectations

Recommendations:

A. College of Education staff, faculty, and administrative position postings include a statement, as appropriate, from NCATE Standard II which asks that candidates “...are knowledgeable about current practice related to the use of computers and technology and integrate them in their teaching and scholarship.”
B. Continue to develop incentives which encourage COE staff, faculty and administrators to integrate the use of technology into their instructional environments and administrative systems.
C. Continue efforts by the College of Education to connect and collaborate with community resources that provide opportunities for technology training and the integration of technology into COE coursework.

V. Student Technology Competencies  [based on ISTE Standards]

Current:

Undergraduate

A. Technology skills infused in all EDUC courses
B. Technology integrated in most COE courses
C. ePortfolio use by all EDUC courses [http://portfolio.unomaha.edu]
D. ePortfolio used in many COE courses [http://portfolio.unomaha.edu]
E. High tech classrooms used in most COE courses

Graduate

A. TED, Information Technology Supplemental Endorsement [http://coe.unomaha.edu/ted/infotechendorsement.pdf]
B. TED, Educational Technology Integration Certificate Coursework [http://coe.unomaha.edu/ted/techcert.pdf]
C. COUN, ePortfolios developed for school counseling programs [http://portfolio.unomaha.edu]
D. EDAD, ePortfolios developed for school administration programs [http://portfolio.unomaha.edu]
E. High Tech Classrooms used in most COE courses

Recommendations:

A. Encourage integration of technology into COE coursework for initial and advanced candidates.
B. Continue to develop coursework for initial candidates with advanced technology emphasis.
C. Continue to incorporate technology-related content in all courses and revise syllabi and curriculum to reflect such changes.
D. Develop and revise ePortfolios for all programs

VI. College of Education Administrative Support

Current:

A. College of Education Technology Coordinator
B. Assessment and ePortfolio Coordinator
C. Educational Technology Designer and Trainer
D. Computer Lab Graduate Assistants
E. Computer Lab Student Workers
F. COE Liaisons to Campus Technology Infrastructure
G. COE Liaisons to Community Technology Initiatives

Recommendations:

A. The COE Assessment and Technology Committee continues to support technology needs.
B. Continue coordination efforts with Campus Information Technology Service


VII. Campus and Community Resources

Current:

A. MOEC Technology Taskforce [http://coe.unomaha.edu/moec/index.php]
B. ESU3 Instructional Technology Users Group (ITUG) [http://www.esu3.org]
C. Applied Information Management Institute (AIM) [http://aiminstitute.org/]
D. Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) [http://www.nde.state.ne.us/]
E. Distance Learning Programs [mycampus.unomaha.edu]
F. University Committee on Technology Resources, Services & Planning

Recommendation:

Continued efforts by the College of Education to connect and collaborate with community resources that provide opportunities for technology training and the integration of technology into COE coursework.

VIII. College of Education Technology Policies and Procedures

Current:

A. COE Assessment and Technology Committee provides leadership on technology issues
B. Current COE Policies and Procedures that align with campus and university policies [http://www.nebraska.edu/about/exec_memo16.pdf]

Recommendation:

Continued and systematic alignment of policies and procedures involving access to and use of technology (e.g., copyright/intellectual property, network privileges/ acceptable use, and program professional web page guidelines, with those sanctioned by the campus and university).

IX. Distance Education

Current:

A. Proprietary IP-Based 2 way audio/video (ex. Polycom, Tandberg)
B. Desktop conferencing (ex. iChat)
C. Campus-wide programs and facilities [http://mycampus.unomaha.edu]

Recommendation:

Continue to inform staff, faculty, and administration of advances in distance technology and ways it can be used during instruction and in administration


X. College of Education Technology Funding Resources

Current:

A. Student Technology Fees
B. Nebraska University Foundation
C. COE General Budget Support
D. Distance Education Fees
E. External Funding

Recommendations:

A. Continued use of Student Technology Fees to support COE technology initiatives.
B. Ongoing evaluation of the use of Student Technology Fees by representatives from the COEA Technology Committee.
C. Development of proposals for additional internal and external funding.
D. Continue funding of software and hardware upgrades.

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