Queensborough Technology Plan Feedback Form Results
Comments: The report seems comprehensive, and demonstrates that we-- as a college-- have come a remarkable distance in terms of introducing technology into the college environment at all levels in 4 short years.
I'm glad to see that administration has been responsive to faculty feedback in several areas with regard to implementing policy related to technology. In particular, I am glad to see that the wireless laptop focus for using technology in the classroom was modified.
While I am an active and enthusiastic user of technology in the classroom and online, I believe that many questions about its effectiveness with our level of students remain. I hope we will remain open to examining the pros and cons of using technology in our teaching.
For example, it looks as if some form of "e" tutoring is being developed. This is a great idea, but I would exercise caution in how widely we move from face to face interactions to online interactions. Too many of our students simply don't have the academic or regulatory skills to fully benefit from those options.
Another major concern is that we need to continue to work together as faculty, advisors, and administrators try find a better way to offer fully and partly online classes to students who are able to benefit from that modality.
Finally, the student technology fee does not provide funds for faculty to have reasonably modern, capable equipment to work with in their own offices. I recognize that we are limited by funding realities. Still, I would hope the college could find a way to replace faculty members' antiquated systems.
Comments: While the proposed tech plan would improve almost all areas of QCC, I would strongly suggest the integration of a distribution list program. Such technology would greatly benefit both the student body as well as the various departments of QCC.
Such technology would enable teachers to more easily alert their students of class related matters, it would enable the various clubs to have better contact with their members... it would enable the college itself to send informtion more easily...
the software would benefit everyone and should be incorporated into the new technology plan as QCC moves into the future!!
- Name: Maureen Wallace
Comments: I think we have progressed "light years" in the availability an use of technology at QCC over the past several years. However, in reading the draft of the technology plan, I feel we have to broaden our definition of technology as pedagogy. It will mean different things to different departments and curriculums. In reading the plan, I only see computer screens. In addition to nursing, chemistry, physics and biology might envision technology differently from the general population of the college.Are these considerations that can be addressed?
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- Name: Geoffrey Burleson
Comments: A highly commendable, thorough and holistic agenda/analysis. A couple of comments:
1. If appropriate, it would be useful to know something about Tech Fee dispersal formulae to depts., divisions, etc. (also, when I click on "Student Tech Fee Plan", I get "Technology Plan", on diff. computers and browsers.)
2. Including discipline-specific hardware/software in the plan might be worth investigating.
- Name: chunfa lin
Comments: need the software of visual bvasic 6!
- Name: Nancy-Laurel Pettersen
Comments: The Technology Plan is impressive, and I applaud the work and thought that have gone into it. I would like to make a simple and inexpensive suggestion: The SmartRooms in the Humanities Building that are available through Academic Computing have wonderful technology. However, the physical set-up is appropriate only for lecture and individual computer practice, not for the kinds of discussion-oriented active learning pedagogies that we are encouraged to use. The large and heavy tables are set up in rows that are work against the creation of a class community in which people are talking to one another; the immediate message communicated by the space is that talking is not encouraged here. If those tables were simply replaced by smaller, lighter tables, those rooms could be useable for both lecture and discussion classes. I have signed up to use those rooms in the past but no longer do so because moving those huge tables at the beginning and end of each class became too much of a time-consuming distraction. I suspect that more liberal arts faculty would become interested in the rooms if the physical set-up were amenable to a greater variety of pedagogical styles.
- Name: Kathleen Villani
Comments: My compliments to the Technology Plan Committee for a well-organized, informative, thorough report.
Having taught an Introduction to Microcomputers Applications course for several years, I can tell you from experience that there is a great divide of students: those that are familiar with and comfortable with using computers and those that aren’t. There are many references in this Plan, the QCC Strategic Plan and the CUNY Master Plan about bringing technology in the classrooms and integrating technology in the pedagogy. I think QCC, the ACC and IT have done a remarkable job in bringing technology to this campus. I do believe however that while providing many resources, we skirt around the issue that students need to be adequately trained in “using” the technology.
For those of us that use the technology in our classes (eg Blackboard, student email, software), we must expend valuable class time to train some students in using this technology which always bores those that are already familiar with the technology.
1. Perhaps an issue beyond the scope of this Plan, but I suggest that at QCC we develop a method of requiring students to have a basic introduction to computers course (or method of appropriate waiver), so that all students have at least certain basic knowledge in the use of computers, file management, certain software, email, Blackboard.
2. Also, training in information literacy which is distinctly different from computer literacy.
3. Each semester, an email is sent from the ACC inquiring who is interested in using the portable Smart Podiums; I suggest a similar procedure be established for faculty that would be interested in utilizing some of the 35 Smart Classroom.
Thank you for your consideration of these items.
- Name: Ekaterina Sukhanova
Comments: Referring to p.13 (Marketing), I am wondering if it has been considered to offer foreign-language versions (Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Russian...) of the Website pages aimed at future students. This could be a valuable service to potential students and their families, many of whom are only beginning to familiarize themselves with the US system of higher education in general and with CUNY in particular. Thank you.
- Name: Sophia Diogene
Comments: Could you guys please get Queens Borough on FaceBook.com every school is on there except for us! I wanna see my old friends from high school and junior high, pleaseeeeee! Everyone at QCC tries to get on. We all want it. If u are not in charge of this can you please direct this email to the right person for the job?
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