Wow! Luke Waltzer just nailed a strategic plan outlining the future of instructional technology at CUNY. Honest, fair, and to the point, an amazing post about why instructional technology needs to be taken ever more seriously as an integral part of any educational institution. I also think it highlights just how eloquent and precise a thinker/write Luke is.
Here is my pull quote:
For too long, instructional technology has been enveloped within the broader notion of information technology. We need to drive a permanent wedge between those two areas of university life in the understandings of our communities. Information technology makes our phones and networks and computers and smart boards work, and collects and protects student, staff, and faculty data so that we can get credits and get paid. This is crucial stuff. But it doesn’t foreground teaching and learning.
Instructional technology is about pedagogy, about building community, about collaboration and helping each other imagine and realize teaching and learning goals with the assistance of technology.
Amen, reverend! 🙂