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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STRATEGIC PLANNING

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					                                                         Draft, September 3, 2012


                                      PACT
                Planning Across the Curriculum for Technology
              COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT SCHEDULE



MILESTONES

Deliverable                                                            Due Date

   1. Background data to key participants                              September 24

   2. Identification of technology needs                               October 1
         a. Learning and research objectives

   3. Specification of investments over the next 3-5 years              October 22
         a. Identification of hardware, software, technical support needed to meet
             learning and research objectives.
         b. Determine priorities
         c. Financing alternatives
         d. Identification of responsibilities

   4. Draft report                                                     November 6

   5. Final report                                                     November 20




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       INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STRATEGIC PLANNING
               FOR ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS

OVERALL OBJECTIVES

       Produce a “jumping off point” for specific academic departments to integrate
        information technology (IT) into their research and teaching activity over a period
        of three to five years.
       Allow Information Technology Services (ITS) to better respond and support the
        academic activities of the campus.
       Allow academic departments to be more active in shaping their IT environment.
       Develop a process that can be used by many academic departments.

                                COMMUNICATION
BACKGROUND DATA TO KEY PARTICIPANTS

Objective

       Develop common understanding between ITS and Communication Department on
        the purpose, scope and process for strategic planning.
       Develop common understanding of the functions and services of each department.
       Allow for more informed planning and decision making for all parties.

Scope

       What does ITS do and what are the services it provides?
       What information technology does Communication have and how is it being
        used?
       What are Communication departments doing at peer institutions?
       Does IT really make a difference in learning?
       What is the best way to communicate project process and status?

Process

       Communication and ITS research and provide background material.
       Information is organized and compiled.
       Small group from ITS and Communication confer and identify gaps in
        information.
       Distribute materials to wider group of participants.

Participants




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Tasks

       Create project plan

       Identify issues/concerns of project participants.

       Identify and gather relevant background materials.
           o Best practices at peer institutions.
           o Description of Communication curriculum.
           o Current IT investments and projects in Communication.
           o Faculty statements on how use technology.
           o Description of ITS infrastructure.
           o ITS resources and services available to academic departments.
           o FA mission statement and strategic planning goals.
           o Impact of IT on learning.
           o Research on where technology is headed in next 3-5 years.

       Distribute background materials and use for next steps in planning process.

Resources required

Findings




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IDENTIFICATION OF TECHNOLOGY NEEDS

Objective

       Update relevant learning and research objectives for Communication.
           o Identify the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies that students are
              expected to have by the time they complete their undergraduate degree
              programs.
           o Identify technology goals for students. Answer the question: What IT
              abilities, skills, tools, knowledge and competencies do students need to
              have to complete their degrees and be ready for their first jobs after
              graduation.
           o Identify the research objectives for the department and the training and
              other human and physical infrastructure needed to support research.

       Identify concrete set of IT needs and concerns that can be used for planning.
       Identify goals that can be used to in grant and funding requests.

Scope

   1. What are some appropriate learning objectives for the department?
   2. How are you currently using IT?
   3. What IT abilities, skills, tools, knowledge and competencies helped you prepare
      for your job and current use of IT?
   4. What technology have you been trained in and what do you wish you had learned
      (hardware & software)?
   5. Which model of learning technology would you prefer: workshop model (non-
      credit course), credit course, or integration into a project setting?
   6. Do you have any suggestions to improve the curriculum (what is missing)?
   7. Where do you think technology in communications is heading?

Process

Participants

Communication faculty, students, alumni

Tasks

       Focus groups for faculty
       Focus groups for students
           o Develop process/questions
           o Identify participants and facilitator
           o Schedule meetings

Resources required


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SPECIFICATION OF IT INVESTMENTS

Objective

       Specify the investments that Communication should make over the next three to
        five years to ensure that learning and research objectives are met. Include IT
        facilities, equipment, software, infrastructure, courseware, technical support, etc.
       Prioritize the investment alternatives from the previous steps.
       Determine the alternative financing plans to pay for the investments.
       Work with Communication and ITS to determine who is responsible for
        implementing various parts of the strategic plan.

Scope

What grants/gifts does Communication have now?
Who are major donors, foundations that support communication and technology?
What are major corporations that support communication and technology?
What are major government agencies that provide funding for communication and
technology?
Who are research collaborators?
What funding alliances are possible?
Who are potential strategic partners?
How does responsibility affect funding alternatives?

Process

Participants

Senior ITS managers
Planning, Budget and Analysis
Foundation
OCG

Tasks

Resources Required

DRAFT REPORT

Objective

Scope

Process

Participants


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Senior ITS managers

Tasks
Write report on process, analysis, findings, and recommendations.
Discussion of assessment
Circulate and get back comments from participants.

Resources

FINAL REPORT




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