The Educational Technology Resources and Policy Committee (ETRPC) provides a communications forum for Educational Technology issues. It promotes understanding and utilization of educational technology for enhancement of instruction, and advises the Academic Senate regarding acquisition and support of educational technology resources, including: audiovisual resources (in general), interactive video, distance learning technologies, telecommunications (including national and international networks and local campus networks), academic computing, and library technology resources.
Definition of “High-Tech Learning Environment”
The primary criteria for a “High-Tech Learning Environment” is that technology is used in a meaningful way to improve the learning process for most of the community while at the same time not creating obstacles to learning for any of the community. It must be understood that since technology is constantly changing, the definition for a “high-Tech Learning Environment” cannot be static. It must embody the concepts of constantly changing and improving the “Learning Environment”. Some of the characteristics of such an environment would include:
- Using technology to create efficient high speed communications between members of the community regardless of their physical location.
- Developing and maintaining connections to the greater world to allow access to diverse resources
- Developing and improving the ability to publish information in a more timely fashion to an ever increasing audience.
- On-going efforts to increase the abilities of all members of the community to use the technology provided for the community.
- Developing and modifying as much as possible the integration of technology in a meaningful way to new and existing courses to increase the ability of students to learn the material covered by the courses.
- Developing and modifying procedures used by the community to conduct business in order to simplify and reduce redundancy in these procedures. This would also include making it possible to conduct business regardless of the community member’s physical location.
- Reducing uses of paper in areas where it is appropriate, but not at the expense of learning.
- Understanding the technologies would encompass a wide variety of devices and genres. The community should not restrict its technological uses to computer and computer related technologies.