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The technology is there – where are the innovators?

I am still struggling with beginning conversations with my faculty about how technology can be used in the classroom to enhance the learning environment.  My initial goal was to have multiple conversations for faculty to work with one another to develop new ideas.  I have not realized this particular aspect despite setting aside specific times for such dialogues.  Not that I am sitting in my office waiting for someone, anyone, to stop by for my assistance.  My days are full, not with groups of faculty, but requests for one-on-one discussions.

As I contemplate this particular direction of growth of my department, I am left wondering several things.  Is this because faculty discussion opportunities are available in other settings with this just being one of many choices? Possibly individual faculty are wanting to talk about new things but, like many of their students, are not willing to speak up in front of everyone thus exposing their discomfort with technology. Am I not noticing the right ‘problems’ that technology could help?  How should I approach this?

As one might guess, this has me working overtime in the ‘wonder if’ department. I am open to trying new things to stir up a little enthusiasm.  I wonder if I target a few innovators and personally invite them for a discussion with a couple of non-adopters, this may provide the spark I need.  One of my initiatives is flipping the classroom. I have three or four interested faculty and a provost that wants it to happen.  I am going to pinpoint a time to send a personal invitation to each, maybe even the provost may come.  (Everyone wants face time with the provost) .

I will let you know what comes of this latest idea – and invite anyone with suggestions to comment.  This is an open ended problem that needs to be solved.

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