The City University of New York is engaged in several major University-wide academic technology initiatives. They all are collaborations across campuses using the latest means and tools to improve instruction and access. »
"The Office of Academic Affairs has a number of initiatives promoting and facilitating the use of technology for academic purposes, both for research and instruction." »
"The focus of so much attention for the dramatic changes it has brought to our lives and a still more dramatic pace of change, technology is only the means. What matters is what it can do for the academic enterprise, and above all for teaching and learning in CUNY." »
Online instruction has an especially interesting history in CUNY, where it was never a question of "distance education," always a question of improving access and quality, particularly by making part or all of students' instruction a matter of "anytime" access. Largely a grassroots effort initially, online instruction has grown to full degree programs and other initiatives. »
THE CUNY COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY
CAT (as it's known) has representatives from each campus as well as from the University Faculty Senate and the Office of Academic Affairs. It meets monthly (and of course online) as do its standing committees (on Blackboard, Eportfolios, Standards & Practices, and the CUNY Academic Commons). For information on CAT, its committees, or your campus representatives, contact the University Director of Academic Technology.
ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Save the date(s) for the 11th Annual CUNY IT Conference: "Instructional/Information Technology in CUNY: Change and Persistence"
John Jay College, 11/29-30/12
The conference will offer overviews of the University's key IT initiatives, demonstrations of how technology continues to change instruction, research, and administration, and a chance to meet with vendors. Most presentations will come from the CUNY community, though there will also be two keynotes. For more information or to register click here
George Otte at firstname.lastname@example.org