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Element 5: Unit Resources Including Technology University library resources The https://library.troy.edu/ provide collections, access, and service to students, faculty and staff. As such, the libraries are a key component in the educational and information infrastructure for the state of Alabama. The University Library system is comprised of 4 locations on the four Alabama campuses. Over 726,724 volumes are held within the four facilities. Online library resources: Digital collections have grown considerably in recent years and promote access for all University users. Online tools increased almost 20 percent between 2002 and 2007 as Table 6.5 demonstrates. Table 6.5 Online library resources of University libraries 2004-07 Resource 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 Data Bases 95 100 100+ 100+ CD-ROMs/DVD/VHS NA NA 6451 Available 3-31-08 Electronic journals 15,000 15,000 15,000 19,000+ Electronic books (e-texts including 32,191 46,581 46,659 50,507 government documents) Total Print Volumes 411,224 540,801 582,671 Ready 3- 31-08 LiveChat electronic reference queries 746 1205 1745 2232 Email queries na na 1348 919 Table 6.6 Book and journal “volumes” in education and psychology TROY Libraries fy 2003-2004 fy 2005-2006 fy 2006-2007 Figures available 300(est.) 366 3-31-08 Education, General (L) 1,486 2,000(est.) History of Education (LA) Theory and Practice of 14,000(est.) 7,738 Education (LB) Special Aspects of Education (LC) 4,800(est.) 3,087 5,500(est.) 3,865 Psychology (BF) Child Development, Child Life, 1,700(est.) 195 Social Conditions (HQ503-709) Table 6.6 Book and journal expenditures in education and psychology TROY Libraries fy 2004-2005 fy 2005-2006 fy 2006-2007 (tent.) Book & Journal Expenditures Expended Expended Expended $3,976 $4,197 $4,122 DVD, videos $15,663 $16,147 $18,105 Books $23,614 $28,075 $24,216 Journals Kinesiology Fund $2,433 $2,211 $2,402 Books, videos $3,751 $2,896 $2,625 Journals Education & Psych. Electronic $798 $3.397 $912 Fund s Ebooks $13,093 $49,875 $53,588 Databases Psychology Fund Included in DVD, videos Education DVD, videos above $6,628 $6,380 $6,039 Books $24,473 $22,041 $27,174 Journals $94,429 $135,219 $139,182 Total (Sub-Total + Psychology) The 2007-08 budgeted amount corresponding with the lines above would be $4,150, $18,500, $24,500, $2,400, $2,650, $1,000, $65,000, $6,000, $27,500, $151,700. The University Libraries provide students, faculty and staff access to materials on reserve that are submitted by University faculty. The materials may be in print or electronic format as designated by the instructor. There are education reference materials both online and in print format in the various libraries. Materials included are in the areas of primary and secondary education, higher education, educational technology and educational psychology. Additionally many resources are available in VHS, DVD and other media formats. Databases that are specifically related to education may be found by going to the databases page at https://library.troy.edu/uhtbin/databases.pl and selecting Education or Counseling and Psychology from the drop down list. Librarians are available to offer in class library instruction at the request of faculty members or they will provide individual assistance at the reference desk upon request. Students who are not in the Library may request assistance from Live Chat the 24/7 reference chat service which is continuously staffed while classes are in session by librarians or trained assistants. The Education Reference Librarian (on the Troy Campus) is assigned as the liaison to the College of Education and is responsible for providing assistance upon request by education faculty or students. This librarian is a former primary education teacher with masters degrees in education and library science who is currently working on her doctorate in education. At the Dothan and Montgomery libraries librarians are assigned to various subject areas as well but they may have two or more subject area assignments. Technology infrastructure The CEHD’s six academic units are primarily located in seven buildings on campus and are all connected to the University’s recently installed gigabit computer backbone. All faculty and support staff computers are connected to this state-of-the art network backbone. This network provides the following services: hosting Web sites; printing services; pushing out antivirus and patch protection; sharing files; hosting mail services including mail lists; backing up work files; and providing large file storage via a state-of-the-art Storage Area Network (SAN) architecture. Wireless technology is widely available in public places throughout the University and in selected departmentally controlled areas. Security is ensured using online authentication. This allows faculty, candidates, and staff to access the network in classrooms, libraries, lounges, and most conference rooms. Classes are primarily taught in general purpose classrooms. There are basic technology standards for all classroom facilities. The college manages three classroom computer laboratories. These classrooms each contain 34 computer stations, with computers upgraded every three years. In addition, each of these classrooms has a ceiling-mounted computer projector and screen for instructors. One of the computer classrooms has computers capable of multimedia production and is used primarily for teacher licensure candidate instruction. These facilities also are available to students during non-class hours, with knowledgeable staff available to assist them. The University has technology infrastructure available, including eight public computer labs and seven interactive television (ITV) studios, for broadcasting and receiving video feeds from other ITV classrooms at a distance. In addition, the University’s Digital Media Center has a video production suite available to all faculty members. The suite is staffed with consultants and equipped with up-to-date video-editing hardware and software. Technology support Technology support is provided by departmental, college, and University staff. Departments employ full-time professional technology coordinators who are available for desktop and software support. The “Coconut” is an online helpdesk service specific to the college that provides feedback for computer users and tracks the progress of work orders. The University also has a 24/7 computer helpline service. Network and server support responsibility are jointly shared by technology staff at department, college, and University levels. The college administers Web, file sharing, printing, database, and antivirus servers. Technology resources for candidates, faculty, and staff Support for faculty to use technology in their teaching is provided by the IT Fellowship Program, a college program that places an IT Fellow within each department to help faculty enhance their instruction through the use of technology. IT Fellows assist with putting course materials online, help in the development of multimedia materials, and direct faculty to other technology resources within the department, college, and University. The college has developed many Web-based services including: Mail lists that facilitate group communication within the college community. TargetEd provides searchable and selectable information on the 65,000 licensed professionals employed in Minnesota public schools. Mobile Librarian provides access to library and research consultants. TEDS (Teacher Education Data System) is an online system for submitting and reviewing candidate data used by faculty in teacher education programs. Instructional data reports provide faculty and staff with up-to-date productivity information. An internal intranet page lists instructional and administrative resources and broadcasts community news, serving as a community focal point. COST (CEHD Online Survey Tool), an online tool that college candidates and instructors can use to create, manage, and administer online surveys. In addition, the college supports the use of eFolio Minnesota to track and provide evidence for completion of competencies for initial licensure program candidates. The University’s Digital Media Center also provides consultation services for faculty in a range of areas. The University provides several technology resources including: WebCT Campus Edition and WebCT Vista course management systems for delivery of online courses and course materials. Of the 22 colleges in the University, the CEHD is second only to the College of Liberal Arts in frequency of use of the WebCT Vista platform for coursework delivery. Faculty Toolkit which is common software which faculty members can obtain free of charge or at a greatly reduced cost, including Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Authorware, Macromedia Director, Macromedia Dreamweaver, and Macromedia Flash. Macromedia Breeze for the creation of Flash-based online content, including audio and video synchronous and asynchronous content. UThink blogging software for the creation of faculty and student blogs. RefWorks online reference and citation management software. Portfolio online electronic portfolio software. Opportunities for financial support for projects involving teaching and learning with technology include the college’s Grants for Enhanced Learning through Technology. Also, the college collects a technology fee from students, and some of those funds are distributed to departments to develop and deliver technology-enhanced learning initiatives. The amount of funds distributed to each department is based upon each department’s student credit hours of instruction and program enrollments. At the University, funding for technology projects is available from Technology Enhanced Learning grants. In addition, the University awards Digital Media Center Faculty Fellowships, which pay for a faculty member’s time to develop and research a technology-enhanced learning project. College technology staff promote the use of technology as an active tool to facilitate learning as they work with faculty, staff, and candidates. In the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, learning technologies faculty promote methods for integrating technology into P-12 classrooms. A member the program’s faculty served as education director for the adventure learning project Arctic Transect 2004, a free education project and curriculum distributed to millions of P-12 students and educators around the world.
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