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Teaching and Learning Technology Development Center
Created to Support Changing Curricular Needs
MAILED: July 22, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Today's university classrooms and lecture halls are not what they used to be. Chalkboards, overheads and slide projectors have given way to PowerPoint, multi-media, distance learning and online Web based technology. To utilize and support changing technology in the classroom, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has created a new Teaching and Learning Technology Development Center, Provost Ronald Satz announced today.
The TLTDC is an evolutionary next step that will replace the current Media Development Center, Satz said. The TLTDC will incorporate many of the functions currently performed by existing MDC staff and add instructional design support from current Information and Technology Management resources.
Plans for the Teaching and Learning Technology Development Center have been under consideration for more than a year. A task force appointed by Satz and chaired by Professor Marty Wood issued recommendations in January that were discussed campus-wide and reviewed in consultation with the University Senate Executive Committee, the Media Development Center academic staff and other MDC staff and Interim Assistant Vice-Chancellor and CIO James Lowe.
"The new TLTDC will directly support the core mission of UW-Eau Claire - excellence in undergraduate curriculum and instruction," said Satz. "It will serve to utilize today's technology in a way that will enhance teaching and enable our faculty and instructional academic staff to more directly engage students in learning. The TLTDC will collaborate with the Professional Development Activity Council and the Network for Excellence in Teaching, among other units and programs, to sustain and enhance the university's commitment to excellence in undergraduate instruction."
In keeping with task force recommendation, a person with faculty rank has been appointed interim director of the TLTDC. Kathleen Finder, Center for Instructional Technology Improvement and Innovation manager, has been named to the post effective July 22. Finder holds faculty rank in the McIntyre Library and previously worked as an academic staff member in MDC.
"Kathy Finder brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new position. Her long involvement with both CITI and MDC, as well as her interaction with faculty and staff, will help ensure a smooth transition from MDC to creation of the TLTDC," Lowe said.
"The TLTDC truly represents the next step in integrating technology to support teaching and learning. This is an exciting development for the university and I'm looking forward to working with TLTDC staff and others to better serve the classroom needs of the faculty and instructional academic staff," Finder said.
Because classroom design and technical support is a critical component of sustaining the teaching and learning environment, classroom services will be incorporated into the TLTDC, Lowe said. He is asking classroom services staff to mount a search for an assistant director and to work collaboratively with Interim Director of Computing and Networking Services Craig Mey and CNS staff to develop synergy, cross-training and efficiencies to provide classroom and related services as well as centralized checkout for all equipment.
A reception for Finder and Mey will be held at 3:30 p.m. July 22 in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. Refreshments will be served and all members of the university community are invited to attend.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 22, 2002