The College of Education Technology Plan is firmly grounded in the College of Education’s conceptual framework (http://www.jmu.edu/coe/COE_ConcFrame.shtml) that declares, “Our mission is to be a force in the cultivation of positive, persistent, ongoing, and effective change in the field of education.” Infused throughout the College of Education’s eleven core competencies is the belief that a professional educator’s repertoire of learning strategies includes effective integration of educational technologies. Specifically
Competency Six states "The educational professional uses an extensive repertoire of instructional strategies, including the utilization of a wide variety of educational technology and media, to develop students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills".
The International Society for Technology in Education (www.iste.org) includes a number of priorities in their Top Ten in '10: ISTE's Education Technology Priorities for 2010 that directly support this technology plan.
It is expected that faculty, staff and students in the College of Education are inclusively involved in a vision where learning, modeling and utilizing technologies to seamlessly address our collective goals for a better future.
The College of Education Technology plan states three main goals with eight objectives embedded within the goals. The goals and objectives provide direction for the implementation strategies for carrying out the plan within the College of Education. The implementation strategies outline responsible parties, resources needed, a timeline and measures for each objective connected to the main technology goals. The structure of the technology plan allows for a targeted process to effectively implement the plan across the College of Education.
The Technology Committee of the College of Education at James Madison University uses the Educational Technology Plan to focus their activities each year in carrying out their charge.
Graduates in each of the College of Education programs will possess 21st century technology knowledge and skills to contribute to and reform their field of practice.
All program candidates will acquire 21st century technology skills during their professional preparation.
Students will produce and implement accessible instructional activities that effectively integrate technology tools for teaching and learning.
Faculty of the College of Education will model, encourage and promote a wide range of effective instructional technology practices for life long learning.
Faculty members will model best practices of technology integration into their instruction.
Programs will use appropriate technology tools to collect, manage and analyze data for program improvement and professional research.
College of Education will strive to purchase, support and provide access to current and emerging technology hardware and software resources for teaching and learning, service, research and administration activities across the college.
The College of Education will develop a budget suitable for the annual acquisition, maintenance and refreshing of current technologies and staff technical support for technologies used in the College.
College of Education with University Computing will provide access to current productivity, security, educational, and assistive technologies to support the mission of the college.
College of Education will collaborate with other JMU organizations (Computing, Center for Instructional Technologies, Center for Faculty Innovation) to explore and disseminate information about emerging technologies for teaching and learning.
College of Education and with the technical support team will collaborate with University Computing Support to provide access to reliable infrastructure and technology resources throughout Memorial Hall (internet access, printing, etc.)