Introducing the Academic Technologies Team to IT Colleagues

On Friday 8th February I had my slot at the IT Services departmental meeting, to give an update on what me and my team do.

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGIES is an emerging term for the use of technology to support learning, teaching and research

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TEACHING: eLearning / technology enhanced learning fairly familiar territory huge differences in use, uptake and support needs

RESEARCH: technology in research Includes e-science, e-research, digital research, digital humanities … fuzzy boundaries and pretty new for universities to address this in a coherent way

CONTEXT: context of academic technologies: we need to be aware of the drivers for outreach, engagement and “impact”

We work with Library, Learning Development Centre, Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning, Research Support Services, IT services webteam, storage team, applications team … we are part of the network of support.

What the academic technologies team does:

  • work with services to promote and develop ITS provision for teaching and research
  • advise academics on technology selection, working closely with colleagues across university support services
  • run teaching-specific services: e.g Moodle
  • collaborate with services to integrate new capabilities: e.g Coursework Management
  • signpost good practices, support and training at Warwick
  • collaborate with projects doing new things
  • champion user requirements: e.g journal management

The presentation was aimed at IT colleagues, but I’m sharing it here for anyone else interested. It’s not very polished, so excuse the less-than-perfect presentation