Academic Distinction - Teaching, Learning, Technology Roundtable - St. Cloud State University

Academic Distinction


  • All participants in the teaching and learning functions at SCSU will have access to the technological tools, training and support they need, including specialized training and support for those who want to teach in a technologically rich environment and incorporate technology into their instruction.
  • Academic units will be responsible for establishing and assessing the level of technological literacy for the majors in their disciplines.
  • Learning Resources and Technology Services offers personnel and support in instructional design and development, which will be available to whoever in the university community requires help with the technological aspects of instructional materials; for faculty, in particular, the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching will collaborate with Learning Resources and Technology Services in offering workshops and training in instructional design and development.
  • Provisions will be made to support, when possible, teachers and learners who have greater or more specialized needs.
  • Upon graduation from SCSU, students will be able to use technology to access, create and disseminate information relative to their discipline and social needs.

In order to meet this last goal, technological literacy will need to become part of University graduation requirements. Students will need to have access to the technologies, instruction and support that are necessary to develop technological competencies. In particular,

  • Students will have been introduced to the legal, ethical and cultural implications of communications and information technology.
  • Students will be able to use e-mail and the Internet to communicate and locate information.
  • Students will be able to access curricular information made available by the faculty or the University.
  • Students will be able to create a document, including graphics, on a computer using a word processing program.
  • Students will be able to create a computer-based multimedia project.
  • Students will be able to search library databases and use technology to support written and oral presentations.
  • Students will have a knowledge of spreadsheets, databases and graphics as used in their disciplines.
  • Students will have an understanding of basic computer operations.

The first of the SCSU strategic planning themes, "Academic Distinction," is the central goal we all share in common. It underlies the teaching/learning functions of all members of the university community as well as all our purposes in working here.

The TLTR recognizes that the teaching/learning community at SCSU is composed of students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community that the University serves, including constituencies often marginalized in highly technologized environments, such as women, people of color and people with disabilities. It also recognizes, for all users, that the needs of the users, rather than the needs of the technology, should drive technological adoption and implementation.