UIT Strategic Priority: Academic Technologies - University of Houston
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Academic Technologies

OVERVIEW

During the last few years, the University has been investing in transformative academic technologies, including Active Learning Classrooms (ALC) in support of active learning instruction (ALI), an up-to-date Blackboard platform and upgraded infrastructure in general purpose classrooms. University investments in academic technologies are driven by the continued prioritization of online learning, the proliferation of the use of personal technology among students, and embracing technologies that promote ALI by faculty.

The Provost’s Office and academic departments are incubators of innovation in academic technologies. UIT sees its role to be facilitating the adoption of best practices developed by the academic experts. This is accomplished by working with departments to identify key technologies and establishing strategies for campus or systemwide implementation, empowering all academic units to benefit from these technologies and the instructional framework established by their peers.

ALIGNMENT

  • With the University — National Competitiveness: UIT, in collaboration with Academic Affairs and UH colleges, has been upgrading and maintaining the technology infrastructure in academic spaces throughout our campus.

    In addition, UIT continues to partner with colleges to provide technical support to faculty in all general-purpose classrooms.

  • With the University — Student Success: UIT is collaborating with Faculty and Departmental Instructional Support (FDIS) to enhance academic spaces and implement ALC to increase student success.

Academic Tech Metrics

CURRENT STATE

  • Support over 100 UH general purpose classrooms located in 18 buildings. Classroom educational technologies require ongoing maintenance, which includes the projectors, computers, smart podiums, response technology and all other technologies our faculty use in the classroom.
  • Maintain and monitor a robust and reliable Gigabit Wi-Fi network in all academic spaces.
  • Partner with FDIS and college IT units to support their needs in ALC and specialized facilities. The first UH ALC was built in Cougar Place in 2016. FDIS provides ALC support for instructors and helps them to design courses that leverage active learning instruction.

PATH TO SUCCESS

  • Collaborate with academic leaders at the individual, departmental, institutional and system level to identify critical technologies.
  • Define standards that provide high levels of flexibility and portability of instruction between classrooms or from classroom to the online environment.
  • Develop acquisition strategies that leverage volume purchasing and site licensing options.

FY2020 INITIATIVES

  • Transform general purpose classrooms by implementing technology enhancements and flexible environments
  • Engage faculty members and key instructional partners to collaborate and guide the development of new learning spaces.
  • Promote new technologies in support of academic services, such as Zoom Video Communications, Office 365 and MATHLAB.