TLTR Mission, Goals and Plan
Draft III, September 1998
Mission Statement * Vision
Statement * Goals * Short-term
Goals * Obstacles
Our mission is to encourage and facilitate innovative use of
technology to enhance teaching and learning at Lehigh.
We view instructional technology as a set of resources that can be
used to enhance teaching and learning at Lehigh. Some resources are
easy to use some are not so easy. We see the TLTR as a dual resource,
enabling newcomers to technology to find help identifying, selecting,
and using appropriate resources and tools, while at the same time
providing a forum for all users of technology to share their
We recognize the importance of a forum for the discussion of the
impact of technology on pedagogy and effective teaching, on the learning
experience, and on expectations of and by students in the teaching and
Goals for the TLTR
Foster innovation across the university; distribute information about
the use of technology; create an environment that encourages the sharing
of ideas and experiences.
Identify innovation in teaching and learning across disciplines and
colleges and provide a forum for the sharing of experiences.
Encourage early initiators, motivate faculty to innovate, and provide
them with the resources they need to do so-make it easy.
Identify support service and resource needs for faculty interested in
applying technology to teaching. Develop support teams (staff and
Develop or identify guidelines, procedures, support teams, and
infrastructure for users of technology. Bring together the people who
work with technology and the people who use technology with the tools
Encourage student and faculty assessment of innovative approaches to
teaching and learning.
Provide a forum for recognition of excellence in innovative uses of
Show tangible examples of progress towards these goals through
demonstration projects and showcases.
Work with LUIR and other divisions to develop a budget strategy for
implementation and maintenance of infrastructure and resources.
Identify any methods Lehigh can use to evaluate and reward faculty who
incorporate technology into teaching and learning.
Short-term Goals for the TLTR
Continue to identify interested faculty and staff
Facilitate exchange of ideas through the TLTR-L list-serve.
Develop a directory of Lehigh resources, support services and
Develop a bibliographic list of teaching and technology print
resources and web sites.
Become more visible as an organization and resource. Improve meeting
attendance and increase faculty involvement. Continue to hold monthly
meetings with content divided among theoretical discussions,
demonstration of products, and demonstrations of processes.
Identify other committees and groups with related interests.
Encourage participation of graduate teaching assistants.
Obstacles to the use of technology that TLTR must help Lehigh
From Lehigh "team":
- Inertia and resistance to change-nothing really changes
- Lack of motivation, low morale
- Lack of recognition for work already done, or for work done in new w
- Support staff needed
- Time to learn
- Only traditional routes lead to tenure and promotion
- Lack of communication, fragmented groups don't know what others are
- Centralized authority-no entrepreneurship allowed
- Not using internal resources-a reverence for consultants
- Unrealistic expectations from board of trustees and some
administrators; unrealistic expectations of support technology people
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last update: 10/21/98.