For practical purposes, technology in this document means electronic communications and information technology: specifically, computer hardware and software and networking hardware and software. Conceptually, technology is very complex and difficult to define, but most people today think of computers as technology, and what they mean by "computers" is the machine, its software, its connections to the Internet, and the Internet itself.
In this report, what we mean by technology comprises
(Further discussion of some of the issues of defining technology can be found in Appendix 15: What We Mean by Technology. Also, Appendix 8: Microcomputer Standard for Faculty Office Applications specifies personal-computer components, and Appendix 9: Campus Network Infrastructure discusses in some detail the university networking requirements.)
An overarching goal of this Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable (TLTR) plan is to support SCSU's strategic goal to achieve leadership in communications and information technology in instruction and administration. This technology plan addresses technology resources for all campus constituents, academic distinction, scholarship, creativity and research, student growth and development, administrative services, community and emerging technologies.
This is our vision: Members of the university community will have access to expanded learning, teaching, scholarly and creative opportunities as well as information resources anywhere and anytime.
This TLTR Technology Plan offers a realistic funding plan and the description of minimum standards for productivity and networking hardware and software, along with principles for implementation. Through the TLTR, the University is establishing a plan that makes it possible for the entire SCSU community to be part of the communication process and to play a role in the University technology planning. The critical importance of faculty, student, staff and administrator preparedness will be addressed through a campus-wide effort designed to integrate technology into the fabric of the teaching/learning process.
The TLTR recommends the following: