The teaching mission at the University of Toronto is shared by all divisions and on all campuses. Enterprise instructional technologies and services are critical to the success of that mission. The “Academic Toolbox” represents the organic growth of enterprise instructional technologies at the University of Toronto. To move forward from here, we need a multi-faceted but coordinated approach to community consultation and project prioritization for further development of the “Academic Toolbox” (beyond “Blackboard”). This includes the development of the Academic Technology Reference Group (ATRG) – a multi-divisional, tri-campus advisory group that will serve as a forum for the discussion of planning strategies and priorities vis-à-vis instructional technologies.
The reference group does not have governance or operational responsibilities for enterprise instructional technologies. Operational responsibilities, including formal strategic planning, continue to reside with the Academic & Collaborative Technologies group collaborating with divisional operations groups, and governance will continue to follow the normal governance processes in place. The advice of the ATRG will be reported up to the Teaching, Learning & Technology Advisory Group (TLTAC) and other relevant committees, and will help inform the work of the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI) and Information + Technology Services (ITS), and decisions made by the Provost¹s Office.
The work of the ATRG is particularly important in the lead-up to 2015, when the vast majority of licenses for current pieces of the “Academic Toolbox” come up for reconsideration and renewal.
Over the coming months, CTSI and ITS will be conducting the Academic Toolbox Renewal Initiative and this committee will be actively involved in that process. We hope to meet synchronously between four and six times between now and the summer of 2015. We will also set up an asynchronous channel as well. I expect that most of our discussions over the coming months will be related to the Renewal Initiative.
(Updated September 26, 2017)
|Name||Division / Faculty / Department|
|Susan Bondy – CHAIR||Public Health|
|Marco Di Vittorio||ITS|
|Bernardo Galvao-Sousa||Arts & Science|
|Melody Neumann||Arts & Science|
|Michael Reid||Arts & Science|
|Franco Taverna||Arts & Science|
|Allison Van Beek||Engineering|
|Philip Wright||Arts & Science|
|Avi Hyman – Rapporteur||ITS|
|Haniyeh Yousofpour – Project Manager||PMO|