2013-14 Unit Plan
Technology Mediated Instruction

Mission Statement

The mission of Technology Mediated Instruction (TMI) is to encourage the appropriate use of educational technology by faculty, both within the classroom and in distance learning modalities, to promote student success and enhance access in accordance with the college’s mission and values.

Program Description

TMI supports all the District’s instructional programs in the use of the Learning Management System (LMS). This includes enhancing traditional courses with online resources, as well as distance learning through online courses. TMI is a vital component in the student learning process in its efforts to increase the number and quality of distance learning offerings and the use of technology in and beyond the classroom. TMI provides comprehensive faculty training in online course development and works closely with the Distance Learning Committee to ensure quality in online course offerings. TMI also encourages peer mentoring among faculty, and holds annual campus events focused on the sharing of best practices in the use of educational technologies.

TMI offers support to faculty and administration, and specifically the Distance Learning Committee and Academic Technology Committee, in helping to implement "best practices" for students success.

TMI implements its program through giving dozens of campus workshops geared toward helping participants not only understand the use the campus LMS, but that guide them in choosing the appropriate tool for student success. Workshops for students were also implemented. In addition, TMI staff have spent hundreds of hours in consultations with faculty/developers to ensure that the use of the LMS in classrooms as well as online meet Butte College, state and Federal standards. Supplementing one-on-one consultations, the annual full-day TMI Symposium (August) and Blackboard Community Exchange (January), with faculty presenters and updates on the campus LMS, help users develop community in a shared, collaborative environment.

TMI staff this year enhanced its on-demand tutorial library, and developed a standard template for all LMS course shell sections. TMI connected with the wider educational technology community in participating in CSU, Chico's CELT conference as well as two all-day training sessions for the university's LMS (the same as that use by Butte College), attending the 2012 Blackboard World conference, and meeting online each month with Distance Learning Coordinators from California Community Colleges.

In distance learning, some ten instructors became Certified Online Instructors in the 2012 calendar year, with 7 online or hybrid courses reviewed by TMI staff and approved by the Distance Learning Committee. The Distance Learning Coordinator helped implement online participation/attendance procedures in compliance with Federal expectations; worked with administration in moving toward a standardized procedure for addressing State Authorization issues (dealing with students taking Butte College online courses in other states), and finalized notification language that students must access online courses in the first 24 hours or be considered "no-shows," language that appears on every search listing for an online class as well as on the final course registration page.

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

Update and refine the existing suite of face-to-face faculty training workshops, and IDST-010 online, to respond to

Initiatives
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Properly trained faculty can best implement the use of the school's Learning Management System for f2f or online courses to ensure content delivery that encourages student success.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 2

    TMI will serve as a resource to the Distance Learning Committee to modify the current Course Diagnostic Standards (used to review online and hybrid courses) to a format which will require faculty/designers to provide evidence that each criterion has been satisfied.

    Initiatives
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    Documentation provided by the Course Diagnostic Standards Course Reviews will align with the "culture of evidence" mandated by accrediting standards and will encourage faculty/designers to become more acrtively involved in the review process from start to finish.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 3

    TMI will continue to facilitate reviews of new educational technologies by collaborating with the Academic Technology Committee, and other groups, to set up campus demonstrations and to initiate campus-wide discussions (such as with the presentations by various vendors of classroom response devices--clickers).

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    This strategy helps implement decision-making regarding the review, consideration, and adoption of new technologies, and helps ensure a consistent, campus-wide response involving all relevant stakeholders; ultimately students benefit.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 4

    TMI will continue to collaborate with IT and other campus entities to ensure consistent access to the Learning Management System, and, as needed, will seek to further refine the working agreement with IT delineating the duties of each department regarding the LMS.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    A collaborative work environment between TMI, IT, the Office of Student Learning, and other campus entities, will help the campus address issues in a timely fashion that may affect student access and even the working conditions of those charged with ensuring access.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Strategy 5

    TMI will offer basic workshops for students in the use of the campus LMS, with evolving workshop content and approaches as needed and as new tools are added to the LMS.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    Though TMI is not primarily a student service, TMI staff have found that workshops in the basic use of the campus LMS can help increase student confidence in using an unfamiliar technology, and enhance and supplement the many related offerings provided by other areas of campus.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 6

    TMI staff will pursue opportunies for professional development, including conference attendance and memberships in professional organizations, in the area of technology in higher education.

    Initiatives
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    TMI staff need to stay abreast of changing industry trends to continue the support of faculty use of these technologies.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment

    Required Resources

    • A third Instructional Technology Specialist to provide faculty required personalized consultations: $80,740 ($54,556+$26,182 benefits)
    • Two student assistants (15hrs/wk each) to help with with testing, troubleshooting and repetitive tasks. ($8,000)
    • Professional development opportunites (i.e. BbWorld, Online Teaching Conference, etc.) and memberships. ($9,000)

    Current Revenue Stream

    N/A

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes TMI Operating Expenses Operating Budget $0.00 $10,000.00
    2 Yes TMI Operating Expenses Professional development $9,000.00 $0.00 TMI staff need to stay abreast of changing industry trends to continue the support of faculty use of these technologies.
    3 Yes TMI Personnel A third Instructional Technology Specialist. $0.00 $80,740.00 Additional staff will help meet the increasing demand of TMI services, and provide faculty required personalized consultations.
    4 Yes TMI Personnel Two student assistants $8,000.00 $0.00 Help with with testing, troubleshooting and repetitive tasks.
    Total(s) $17,000.00 $90,740.00