Grossmont College Technology Plan 2007-2010.

Technology

Philosophy, Humanities and Religious Studies

Description

State-of-the-art technology has become increasingly important in order for the departmentís full-time faculty, as well as the part-time faculty, to carry out responsibilities related to student success. The technology of student success has three components: 1) All faculty offices must be standardized with computer technology that is adequate.  One new full-time member was hired in 2005 and two more for Fall 2006.  The offices for the newer faculty, 511B and 590H are satisfactorily equipped.  However, office 590M is in need of a computer system upgrade and a printer/scanner/copier for the full-time member.  Office 590J, which houses the only department scanner, also needs a computer upgrade for the full-time member.  Both 590M and 590J are offices that provide space for the large number of part-time faculty in the department.  Both need a second computer upgrade for the part-time faculty.  Further, 590M and 590J house much of the departmentís educational materials (e.g., CDís, DVDís) so that all members have access to them, so adequate computer technology is essential.  2)  Dependable classroom technology is essential for delivery of material to students.  The majority of the departmentís classes are in the 500 area of campus.  Currently most classrooms have reliable systems.  The department has requested through division council that document cameras be standard in these classrooms.  3)  Ongoing technology training for faculty is essential in order to keep everyone abreast of new possibilities for incorporating new methodologies into teaching and communicating with students.        

 

Curriculum Impact

Continual development of technology use has an impact on students at all levels.  More members of the department are using Blackboard as a fundamental aspect of their teaching delivery.  Positive feedback from students confirms success.  The discipline of Humanities depends heavily on quality images of the visual and performing arts and quality music delivery.  Philosophy and Religious Studies faculty have also found that students learn by incorporating teaching strategies that allow students to learn visually.         

                                            

Approximate Number of Students Served

Through three programs, Philosophy, Humanities and Religious Studies, the department will potentially serve between 2500ó3000 students per semester.  Class maximums for all departmental courses are 50.  Faculty  are considering adding online sections of core courses (e.g., Philosophy 110) to reach an additional population.

 

Support Impact

Department faculty will need increased support for technology projects.  Two faculty have recently participated in web page training and are the departmentís point people for maintaining the web page.  A more complete strategy for ongoing training and for including part-time faculty is desirable.  

 

Year 1 (2007-2008)

 Objective

Departmental offices will be standardized with computer systems.  A review of software needs for aid in instruction will occur.  The ongoing project to build the departmental library will continue.  

 

Action to Meet Objective

Purchase requests have been made for new computer systems in 590J and  590M.  Printer/Scanner/Copiers have been requested for 559B and 590M.  Flat screen monitors have been ordered for 590J, 590H and 511B. 

 

Year 2 (2008-2009)

 Objective

Offering online sections of core courses will be considered.  The department will have replaced a position in philosophy, a vacancy created by a mid-tenure departure in 2000.  Ideally, a full-time faculty member will also be hired in Religious Studies.   

 

Action to Meet Objective

Faculty will voluntarily train for online teaching.  Curriculum will be assessed for compatibility of curriculum and online instruction.  New faculty offices will be equipped with essential technology.

 

Year 3 (2009-2010)

 

Objective

A more comprehensive and better structured departmental library for instructional technology materials will be in place.  Currently the materials are spread among several offices in order to give everyone access.  Ideally, the library will be an extension of the department chairís office.  Faculty offices and classroom technology will be adequately maintained.   

 

Action to Meet Objective

Acquiring new space or restructuring of space will be explored.  An evaluation of faculty office needs and other technology needs will be conducted. 

 


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