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Technology is changing. This change is not just in the computer we use for work, the cellphone we carry, or the car we drive, but also in the resources available for use by our students. If you have recently been visited by a publisher representative, you have no doubt heard about their online resources that can include everything from digital text to a repository of activities students can take advantage of to practice their newly learned knowledge and skills. In addition, the ready access to online videos and text provides a wealth of information at our fingertips. But what does this really mean for you and your students?
With the increase of digital content, faculty should consider issues associated with accessibility, FERPA, data security, and integration and compatibility with SJC systems. Each of these carries a list of questions and concerns to consider and to make a difference in students successfully using the content. The answers
can also make a difference in the College remaining in compliance with external expectations for some issues.
SJC has created the Technology Accessibility Review Committee (TARC) to support faculty during the adoption of course materials. This is a committee comprised of representatives including faculty,
Educational Technology, Accessibility Services, Information Technology Services, the Registrar’s Office, and Marketing. The role of this group is to review the areas mentioned above, not to review the content of the proposed materials. The goal is to make sure these considerations are addressed prior to final adoption and to work with the faculty to address any issues or concerns that may arise. This allows the faculty to have course materials that are accessible to support the students when classes begin.
The Course Materials Adoption Guidelines have been updated to include TARC and provide information on how to submit course materials. This document can be found on The Exchange, he College’s internal website. If you have any questions, send an email to TARC@sjcd.edu.
Each year the New Media Consortium (NMC), in collaboration with the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI), publishes the Horizon Report as part of “an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.” New Media Consortium (NMC), https://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2017-higher-education-edition/
This month, the fourteenth edition of the report, Horizon Report 2017 was launched. This edition covers six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology and their potential effects on higher education.
If you would like to learn more you can download and read the full report at Horizon Report 2017 Higher Education Edition or view the video included in this post.