Many exciting developments take place daily at Lawrence Tech. Please visit the Lawrence Tech News page for the latest updates. The Provost's Office routinely initiates task forces and projects to advance the quality of Lawrence Tech's academic programs. Examples of these initiatives are summarized below.
Faculty Research Seed Grant Program
The Research Support Services Committee administers an internal funding opportunity for faculty at Lawrence Technological University. These awards utilize the Research Support Services Committee portion of indirect costs resulting from externally funded projects. The purpose of these awards is to encourage, develop and support faculty research and creative endeavors with the goal of subsequent development of proposals for external funding. These awards are intended to supplement and strengthen the support that comes from both department and college resources, and other university programs. Awards are granted through a competitive application process, with recommendations from department chair and college dean, with final decisions made by the Provost of Lawrence Tech.
Social Media Task Force
The provost's task force on social media brought together over 20 faculty members, staff members, and administrators from across the campus to develop a set of recommendations for improving the University's use of social media. Led by Associate Provost Alan McCord and conducted in the summer and fall of 2011, many of the recommendations contained in the Task Force Report have already been implemented, including college blogs, social media presence, and coordination of social media content with departmental web pages. A copy of a campus-wide Social Media Lunch-and-Learn presentation is also available.
Reinventing Teaching and Learning Using Technology
Lawrence Tech has made significant investments in its academic programs, student services, assessment methods, faculty professional development, IT infrastructure and applications, digital library services, and instructional technology services. Key initiatives associated with these investments – the undergraduate student laptop program, the campus wireless program, the campus-wide adoption of Blackboard, and the establishment of LTU Online – cannot create sustainable competitive advantage in isolation. These investments can be leveraged to “reinvent” Lawrence Tech’s learning environment for all modes of instructional delivery.
The “Reinventing Teaching and Learning Using Technology” Task Force, led by Executive Director of LTU Online Alan McCord, built on the existing university-wide learning technology initiatives: the undergraduate laptop program and the campus wireless program. Potential grant funding exists to support academic transformation through technology. Implementing an advanced learning technology environment should improve instruction for both on-campus and online students.
Various national efforts and programs point to the convergence of pedagogy with technology. Few campuses, however, have integrated pedagogical improvements with campus technology investments on a planned basis. Lawrence Tech can “reach” to make this happen, and has the potential to create a competitive advantage in this area by being recognized for our innovative use of technology to support all modes of learning – traditional, hybrid, and online.
Please review the Reinventing Teaching and Learning Using Technology Report from April 2008 to learn more about this exciting initiative.
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