New Form of Organizational Reflection
We are approaching the end of our fiscal year here at Penn State and that means we are rapidly thinking about staff reviews, new budget cycles, and our annual report. In an effort to be more open and transparent I am suggesting that we attempt to examine ourselves according to the six stated paths to our mission as a community. Starting on Monday I will be posting the first of the six paths and asking those both inside and outside ETS to contribute evidence, stories, or reflections related to our attempt to meet these stated objectives. Through this process I am hoping to gain not only some tangible evidence of progress, but also thoughts from the community related to how we are going about our work. I can envision some active dialogue while we move through this new process and I want everyone to know that you are invited to be an active participant.
Our primary mission is to provide leadership and support in the appropriate use of technology for teaching, learning, and research. We do this by:
- Creating opportunities to engage faculty to further their use of technology for teaching and learning
- Supporting technology innovation and adoption to support teaching and learning
- Participating in research opportunities to better educate faculty, staff, and students in the use of emerging technologies as they relate to teaching and learning
- Enhancing curricula through the use of instructional design
- Managing University-wide technology implementations that are designed to support teaching, learning, and research
- Hosting both physical and virtual events that are designed to bring members of the teaching and learning community together to engage in meaningful activities
So on Monday you’ll see a post that will ask for some feedback on our first path towards our mission. Please take a little time to help us think critically about our organization and cite examples of where we are doing well and areas where improvement is needed. I thank you in advance!