ATAC Charter

The Academic Technology Advisory Committee

The Academic Technology Advisory Committee provides oversight and sets priorities for the use of information technologies and services that support the teaching and learning mission of the University. The committee gathers information about how technology and technology services are being used to support teaching and learning, how they could be used to enhance teaching and learning, evaluates the information and makes recommendations to the Technology Council.

Structure

The members of the committee are  senior members of the dean’s offices of each school, faculty from each school,  the University Librarian or designee, a senior member of the University Registrar’s office, and other staff as required to ensure representation across the entire institution and are appointed by a dean or vice president for three-year terms (which may repeat). The committee has no less than 10 and no more than 15 members. The chair of the committee is appointed to a three-year term by the Technology Council, in consultation with the appropriate dean, and shall rotate among the schools of the University. The Chief Information Officer serves as a permanent co-chair. The chair may appoint ad hoc committees as appropriate. The Academic Technology Advisory Committee shall meet monthly during the academic year or as determined by the committee.

 The Academic Technology Advisory Committee draws its membership and receives input from the following groups

  • Dean’s Offices of all schools
  • Faculty of all schools
  • Students from all schools
  • Academic Affairs
  • University Libraries
  • Student Affairs 
  • University Registrar
  • Integrated Technology Services

Purpose

The Academic Technology Advisory Committee will assist the Vice President for Integrated Technology Services in the following areas:

 A. Policy and Planning

  1. Develop direction, strategies and plans for meaningful and innovative use of technologies which effectively enable and support teaching and learning across the University;
  2. Craft a common vision for teaching and learning systems and services that can provide broad benefit to the University;
  3. Oversee the development of policies regarding the use of educational technologies, in collaboration with other academic policy committees.
  4. Establish technology standards for classroom and teaching labs;  and
  5. Provide recommendations to the University’s space planning processes regarding educational technology requirements in classrooms and other learning spaces.

 B. Assessment

  1. Identify opportunities for solutions that are broadly beneficial, as well as specialized solutions or approaches that might be leveraged in multiple disciplines or areas and make recommendations to the Technology Council;
  2. Identify on an on-going basis opportunities for improvement or innovation in teaching and learning that can be enabled by educational technologies;
  3. Provide ongoing guidance and recommendations regarding any significant issues that may arise with the use of educational technologies by students and faculty;
  4. Provide direction to prevent, where appropriate, unnecessary redundancy or non-sustainable service implementations and their resulting inefficiencies and risks; and
  5. Review use of academic technologies and support services, proposing changes to improve the University’s ability to achieve its mission and enhance student success.

C. Innovation

  1. Oversee the identification, selection, adoption, and deployment of major educational technologies at the institutional level; and
  2. Review ideas and proposals (coming from outside the committee) for new academic technologies.

 D. Outreach

  1. Disseminate the deliberations of the committee to the larger community;
  2. Engage with the larger community in discussion of technologies for teaching and learning; and
  3. Provide a forum where faculty across the University can share their experiences with the use of teaching and learning technologies.

 September 25, 2015