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November 21, 2023

University Committee on Academic Technology Tools seeks your assistance

Submitted by Chuck Taber

Dear Colleagues,

Achieving educational excellence through innovative teaching practices and improving the educational experience of our students and learners are important to achieving our vision as a leading next-generation land-grant university. With rapidly evolving teaching needs combined with the proliferation of academic technology tools, our K-State community needs to adopt and communicate strategic best practices and standards to better support both students and faculty. In 2022, the University Committee on Academic Technology Tools was established to recommend a vision for the use of academic technology tools across the university.

The committee was charged with completing a survey of academic technology tools currently in use for teaching across the university; identifying where we have gaps or unnecessary duplication in meeting pedagogical, student and faculty needs; and making recommendations on next steps to:

  1. Better support faculty, allowing them to teach content rather than "teaching the tool."
  2. Improve cost effectiveness and technology support. 
  3. Improve the student educational experience both pedagogically and by helping to control their classroom costs. 

The committee has designed a short, 20-minute survey to gather the input of academic professionals across the university to help shape the committee's recommendations. I am writing today to ask that you support this effort by completing the survey by Dec. 15, 2023.

You can find more information about the committee and its membership on the Presidential Committees and Councils page. I want to thank the committee members for their continuing work to improve the teaching and learning experience at K-State.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact either of the committee co-chairs, Don Saucier at saucier@k-state.edu or Scott Finkeldei at curtain@k-state.edu

Thanks for all you do, 

Chuck Taber
Provost and executive vice president 

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