Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Busy and Exciting Time

Now that I have returned from Europe and have caught up with matters at Pepperdine, I want to use this week’s blog to highlight some of the great things that are going on at Pepperdine in regards to technology and learning.

First, our monthly status and activity report for June 2011 is now available. This edition covers the recent award we received from Campus Technology Magazine for innovation in leadership, policy, and governance. Specifically, the award highlights our work in building an information resource function that focuses on the ‘I’ in IT just as much as on the ‘T’. The report also highlights our organizational focus this summer on faculty, teaching, and learning. From our smart classroom program to our close collaborations with individual faculty, I am very proud to be a part of a team that is working to produce better learning outcomes for our students through the creative use of technology.

Second, this week brings the annual Sakai conference to Los Angeles. Pepperdine has 69 attendees at the conference, including dozens of its faculty members. Eleven presentations at the conference, ranging from my presentation on “Why We Switched to Sakai” to many more by our faculty and staff on using Sakai, will feature Pepperdine’s work in technology and learning. Congratulations to everyone, and I look forward to seeing you at this event.

Third, this past week I have had the opportunity to co-present, with Martin Klubeck from Notre Dame, an Academic Impressions Webinar entitled “Measuring IT Performance and Impact.” The Webinar was attended by over three dozen institutions, and the feedback we have received thus far has been very positive. My part of the Webinar, “The End-User Perspective in Measuring IT Services”, featured Pepperdine’s use of TechQual+ plus in its assessment, program review, and planning activities.

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