LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - The eCampus and Learning Technologies Office is now the Office of Academic Technology. Dr. Carlos Morales will continue in his role as Executive Director of Academic Technology. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
This new identity is the outgrowth of developments in distance education and learning technologies at Lock Haven University. LHU has long been a leader in these areas, and the STEP initiative has taken us to the next level in the integration of academic technologies. In addition, student access to laptops enables faculty members to be creative in designing new ways to deliver content and to engage students actively in the learning process. The provost and deans have been hearing that faculty members want and need a more integrated support structure for these efforts.
Beginning this fall semester, the area known as eCampus and Learning Technologies will assume a more overarching identity as Academic Technologies. As Provost Roger Johnson expressed it, “we have an opportunity now to create a new structure to match our ambitions. Dr. Morales and his team are ready to broaden their department’s scope to coordinate all aspects of academic technologies for the campus, and we plan to clarify and enhance the committee structure.”
Working closely with a newly designated Academic Technology Advisory Committee, the Office of Academic Technology will spearhead a university-wide strategic plan, bringing vision and insight to instructional technology development. This office will promote, develop, recommend, implement and steward a common vision for academic technology deployment, campus policies for use of digital technology, infrastructural needs pertaining to security, accessibility (ADA) and Internet usage at LHU.
To get the Student Technology Enhancement Program (STEP) initiative started, it was important for us to have a designated STEP Coordinator. “Dr. Ed Jensen has done a wonderful job pulling everyone together to support STEP this past year and a half, and we thank him for his service,” praised Provost Johnson, “Now it is time to integrate STEP with the larger academic technology goals of the campus.”
The new Academic Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC) was formerly two committees: the Academic Computing Meet & Discuss Committee and the Instructional Technology Committee. The ATAC will have a broad role in assessing, advising and recommending future use of academic technology, and will have the responsibility for prioritizing funding requests.