A SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES OF THE COLLEGE TLTR FOR THE YEAR 1999-2000

 

The college TLTR held four meetings during the year 1999-2000.

Dr. Gene Brown presided over the first meeting, which was primarily organizational, in September. Dr. Sachs discussed ways in which the TLTR might contribute to the college technology environment, and proposed certain issues for consideration by the members. A discussion of the proper roles and functions of the TLTR followed.

Dr. Gen Chu of the Annandale campus, Mr. Jeff Williamson and Mr. Jud Sage of Alexandria agreed to co-chair the TLTR for the year.

A second meeting was held later in the fall semester, but attendance was quite low because of an unforeseen conflict with another important meeting. Various organizational issues were discussed.

The third meeting was held on March 23, 2000. Dr. Chu and Mr. Sage co-chaired the meeting. (Mr. Williamson left the college in December.) A final meeting was held on April 27. Minutes of those beings have been provided to members.

As was pointed out in the meeting of March 23, the organization of the TLTRs on different campuses is not uniform. Membership, procedures for meetings, relations with other campus technology organizations, and the uses of funds allocated to the TLTRs vary across the college.

Since the use of technology in teaching has changed dramatically in recent years, the original purpose of the TLTR—as a gathering place for those who were experimenting with or were interested in new uses of technology in teaching—is probably obsolete. As the use of technology becomes more pervasive in an educational setting and continues to evolve at a rapid rate, the roles and mission of the TLTR will probably need to evolve as well.

Dr. Sachs has made it clear that if the TLTR wishes to serve in an advisory capacity, it must be prepared to engage in activities which contribute a substantial way to the uses of technology at the college. He indicated in several meetings that the TLTR does not necessarily have to perform all the necessary tasks for technology application, but should be prepared to take suggestions from various sources and convert them into plans for action.