Draft, September 3, 2012
Planning Across the Curriculum for Technology
COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT SCHEDULE
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
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STRATEGIC PLANNING
FOR ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS
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.
BACKGROUND DATA TO KEY PARTICIPANTS
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.
What does ITS do and what are the services it provides?
What information technology does Communication have and how is it being
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?
Communication and ITS research and provide background material.
Information is organized and compiled.
Small group from ITS and Communication confer and identify gaps in
Distribute materials to wider group of participants.
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.
IDENTIFICATION OF TECHNOLOGY NEEDS
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
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
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.
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?
Communication faculty, students, alumni
Focus groups for faculty
Focus groups for students
o Develop process/questions
o Identify participants and facilitator
o Schedule meetings
SPECIFICATION OF IT INVESTMENTS
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.
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
Who are research collaborators?
What funding alliances are possible?
Who are potential strategic partners?
How does responsibility affect funding alternatives?
Senior ITS managers
Planning, Budget and Analysis
Senior ITS managers
Write report on process, analysis, findings, and recommendations.
Discussion of assessment
Circulate and get back comments from participants.