The Learning Technology Advisory Committee (LTAC) develops and oversees academic technology standards and priorities to support instruction and pedagogical innovation and ensure that faculty and students have access to the spaces, resources, and tools they need to achieve academic success. The LTAC provides a forum for investigation of new teaching and learning technologies and facilitates campus wide communications regarding academic technology initiatives.
While LTAC members are expected to understand and represent the needs of their direct constituents (workgroup, department, school, college, division), their role on this IT governance committee mandates a personal charge for each member to effectively participate in collaborative decision-making that best advances the overarching university strategic priorities and ensures that institutional technology resources are aligned toward best and highest use for the campus at large.
The LTAC focuses on academic technology standards and priorities in the context of the instructional needs of the institution.
The LTAC is a decision-making body that develops academic technology standards and priorities for learning spaces, online learning tools, academic software applications and other instructional technologies. Recommendations that result in any one of the following conditions must be escalated to the Executive Steering Committee for a final decision:
- Cost to implement beyond existing budget.
- Significant service disruption while classes are in session.
- Major change for student and faculty end users.
- Requirement for university policy changes.
- Majority voting consensus cannot be reached among committee members.
- Develop and manage effective communication channels to enable ongoing collection, assessment and prioritization of faculty and student needs related to teaching and learning technologies at UNCG.
- Develop institutional academic technology standards and investment priorities for campus learning spaces, the learning management system, online learning tools, instructional software applications and other learning technology.
- Advocate for adoption of common institutional learning technology solutions and services, as appropriate, and help maintain an effective balance of centralized versus local department provided learning technology services and support.
- Annually review and assess the institutional portfolio of learning technology services and instructional software applications. Make recommendations regarding the addition of new and removal of existing services and software applications.
- Serve as the campus conduit for exploration, support, piloting, and evaluation of new learning technology tools that support pedagogical innovation and improve the student learning experience.
- Promote the inclusion of technology as an instructional and classroom management tool across programs.
- Increase awareness of available learning technologies and develop/support effective strategies to ensure that faculty and students fully understand and embrace technology changes and can successfully utilize learning technology services.
- Facilitate technology-related faculty workshops and training as appropriate.
- Provide support and guidance for learning technology-related proposals.
- Make recommendations for modification of the Committee charge as needed to reflect campus and environmental changes.
The committee chair(s) is appointed by the ESC and consists of leadership in the three areas that make up the Collaboratory for Learning Innovation (ITS Learning Technology, University Teaching and Learning Commons and the Division of Online Learning). Membership in the LTAC is based on appointment by the committee chair(s) based on consultation with the Provost and the Deans, with approval by the ESC. Current members are:
- (Co-Chair) Division of Online Learning, AAF
- (Co-Chair) Associate Vice Chancellor for Learning Technology and ITS Customer Success Officer
- (Co-Chair) Associate Vice Provost, University Teaching and Learning Commons, AAF
- Senior Vice Provost
- Associate Vice Provost for Student Success and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
- Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
- Associate Dean, Bryan School of Business
- Faculty Senate Chair
- Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services for the School of Education
- Associate Dean for Academic Administration for the School of Health and Human Sciences
- Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Nursing
- Professor and Department Chair for Nanoscience in the Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering
- Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
- Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Visual and Performing Arts
- Additional appointees as designated by the committee chair(s)
LTAC members serve as essential conduits for information between the area they represent and the committee. LTAC membership, therefore, is intended to be representational for faculty and student members of the committee. Those who agree to serve are expected to:
- Review materials provided prior to each meeting and conduct additional inquiry or research so they can come to meetings prepared to discuss topics from an informed position.
- Attend monthly LTAC meetings.
- Actively share information about LTAC’s work including decisions made, questions considered, emerging issues, and opportunities for engagement and feedback, with departments and schools in a manner that ensures broad knowledge-sharing.
- Understand and represent the concerns of the faculty in their respective departments and schools regarding technologies used for teaching and learning.
Any LTAC members who find they cannot meet these expectations should talk with their Dean and the Provost about appointing a new representative at the appropriate level within their area. The commitment to attend monthly meetings is especially important, as the majority of LTAC’s work will occur during these meetings.
The LTAC reports to the Executive Steering Committee.
- The LTAC committee chair(s) will establish procedures for capturing minutes, communicating decisions, and periodically reviewing and updating the committee charge as needed.
- The LTAC meets monthly throughout the calendar year.
- The LTAC chair(s) serve as the committee liaison to the Executive Steering Committee and are responsible for recording and communicating committee decisions to campus.