Saturday, April 16, 2011

Updates on the Higher Education TechQual+ Project

If you want to know what keeps me excited and full of energy, it's my research. This work is known as the Higher Education TechQual+ Project. My travels the past two weeks have kept me so busy that I am a week behind in preparing the second part of my "Where do we go from here?" series. Part 2 will be up next week, but for now let me share with you some news regarding TechQual+.

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Principal Investigator Timothy Chester along with colleague Gerry Flynn visited the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga April 13-14 to conduct focus groups aimed at helping to develop the TechQual+ survey instrument. These focus groups were designed to confirm or disaffirm findings from previous focus groups held at other participating institutions. With the completion of these focus groups at UTC, the qualitative phase of the TechQual+ project is now complete. A revised TechQual+ survey instrument is expected in the fall of 2011.

The TechQual+ research and survey was featured in a keynote presentation by Principal Investigator Timothy Chester at the 2011 Tennessee Higher Education IT Symposium on April 11, 2011. This presentation, entitled "Where do we go from here?", highlighted the need for better assessment and strategic planning practices for IT organizations if they are to mature towards playing an enhanced advocacy and evangalism role regarding the transformative potential of technology in education.

The new TechQual+ survey site, located at http://survey.techqual.org, has been placed in production. This occurred after the new user interface was the subject of usability tests at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Thanks to all the participating institutions who have participated in the process of vetting this new survey Web site.

Use of the TechQual+ survey at Yale University was featured in a news story in the Yale student newspaper The Yale Daily News. Click here to read this story.

Finally, the Higher Education TechQual+ Protocol Guide was updated to reflect upgrades in TechQual+ Web site functionality, particularly upgrades in communications functions. Please review the guide for more information on these changes.

For more information regarding the Higher Education TechQual+ Project please visit the project Web site at http://www.techqual.org.

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