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2015 ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Educators: Technology

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Competency: Technology (TECH)

Description: 

Focuses on the use of digital tools, resources, and technologies for the advancement of student learning, development, and success as well as the improved performance of student affairs professionals. Included within this area are knowledge, skills, and dispositions that lead to the generation of digital literacy and digital citizenship within communities of students, student affairs professionals, faculty members, and colleges and universities as a whole.

Professional Development:

Professional growth in this competency area is marked by shifts from understanding to application as well as from application to facilitation and leadership. Intermediate and advanced level outcomes also involve a higher degree of innovativeness in the use of technology to engage students and others in learning processes.

TECH (page 33-35)

The Technology competency area focuses on the use of digital tools, resources, and technologies for the advancement of student learning, development, and success as well as the improved performance of student affairs professionals. Included within this area are knowledge, skills, and dispositions that lead to the generation of digital literacy and digital citizenship within communities of students, student affairs professionals, faculty members, and colleges and universities.

Thematic Analysis of the TECH Competencies

Below is a table with a thematic analysis for the TECH competencies. Please feel free to ADD COMMENTS to this document about any aspect of this analysis. You can ask questions, provide resources, suggest strategies, or include exemplars or applications of this TECH competency within the field of student affairs. General Comments, Questions, or Feedback?

Foundational Outcomes

Intermediate Outcomes

Advanced Outcomes

** = in two theme categories

Trends, Research, and Knowledge Development

Leadership, Governance, and Stewardship

Assessment and Implementation for Education and Program Planning

Information Literacy and Management

Draw upon research, trend data, and environmental scanning to assess the technological readiness and needs of students, colleagues, and other educational stakeholders when infusing technology into educational programs and interventions.**

Remain current on student and educator adoption patterns of new technologies and familiarize oneself with the purpose and functionality of those technologies.

Draw upon research, trend data, and environmental scanning to assess the technological readiness and needs of students, colleagues, and other educational stakeholders when infusing technology into educational programs and interventions.**

Design, implement, and assess technologically-rich learning experiences for students and other stakeholders that model effective use of visual and interactive media.

Ensure that one’s educational work with and service to students is inclusive of students participating in online and hybrid format courses and programs. **

Critically assess the accuracy and quality of information gathered via technology and accurately cite electronic sources of information respecting copyright law and fair use.

Demonstrate awareness of one’s digital identity and engage students in learning activities related to responsible digital communications and virtual community engagement as related to their digital reputation and identity.**

Engage in personal and professional digital learning communities and personal learning networks at the local, national, and/or global level.

Model and promote the legal, ethical, and transparent collection, use, and securing of electronic data.

Demonstrate a willingness and capacity to generate, critically examine, and change technology-related policies and practices that privilege one group of students or educational stakeholders over another.**

Demonstrate a willingness and capacity to generate, critically examine, and change technology-related policies and practices that privilege one group of students or educational stakeholders over another.**

Facilitate educational interventions that are based upon research, trend data, and needs assessments of participants and that increase the technological competencies and digital literacy of those participants.

Design and assess outcomes that utilize social media and other digital communication and collaboration tools for promoting learning focused interventions and engaging students in these activities.

Generate a wide and varied array of digital strategies for enhancing educational interventions with multimedia, interactive tools, and creativity-enhancing technologies.

Initiate the development of holistic educational interventions designed for students participating in courses and other educational experiences delivered via hybrid and online formats.**

Utilize multiple strategies for accessing and assessing information, critically considering the sources of information as well as the purposes or agendas that led to the dissemination of the data as presented.

Teach and facilitate the legal and ethical use of digital information in a manner that complies with law and policy and that addresses the larger values and principles underlying these laws and policies.

Anticipate technological change and allocate personal, departmental, and/or institutional resources to foster in others dispositions of adaptability, flexibility, and openness to technological innovation.

Contribute to the generation of research, trend analyses, and needs assessments related to digital technologies that inform efforts to meet the technological needs of students, colleagues, and educational stakeholders.**

Develop contingency plans for the continual operation of basic college and university functions in the event of software, hardware, or connectivity failures as a result of routine issues or in response to crises and emergencies.**

Provide leadership that demands digital information and technologies be used in a manner that is ethical and in full compliance with national and state/province laws as well as with institutional policies.

Lead and demonstrate a commitment to universal design principles in technological implementations that ensures the frictionless use and application of technology by all.**

Contribute to, partner with, and/or provide leadership for local, state/provincial, national, and global digital professional learning communities and personal learning networks in promoting the use of technology for educational purposes.

Provide leadership for the proactive creation, use, and empirical evaluation of technological tools and digital spaces for students including those drawing on social media and other digital communication and collaboration tools.**

Contribute to the generation of research, trend analyses, and needs assessments related to digital technologies that inform efforts to meet the technological needs of students, colleagues, and educational stakeholders.**

Collaborate with and support faculty by developing holistic educational and cocurricular opportunities for students in online and hybrid programs promoting the relevance and vision of what student affairs practice in new educational delivery formats.

Provide leadership in the development of new means of leveraging technology for assessing, certifying, and credentialing the holistic learning and development of students through co curricular learning endeavors.

Support, promote, and/or lead efforts to create a culture in which information is both valued and systematically scrutinized prior to its use to inform educational practice.

Applied Skills for Using Technology

Inclusion and Access

Learning and Professional Development

Communication and Collaboration

Demonstrate adaptability in the face of fast-paced technological change.

Troubleshoot basic software, hardware, and connectivity problems and refer more complex problems to an appropriate information technology administrator.

Demonstrate awareness of one’s digital identity and engage students in learning activities related to responsible digital communications and virtual community engagement as related to their digital reputation and identity.**

Demonstrate awareness of one’s digital identity and engage students in learning activities related to responsible digital communications and virtual community engagement as related to their digital reputation and identity.**

Appropriately utilize social media and other digital communication and collaboration tools to market and promote advising, programming, and other learning-focused interventions and to engage students in these activities.

Incorporate commonly utilized technological tools and platforms including social media and other digital communication and collaboration tools into one’s work.

Anticipate potential problems with software, hardware, and connectivity and prepare multiple strategies to troubleshoot these problems and/or prepare alternative means of achieving learning and productivity outcomes.

Draw upon universal design principles to model and promote compliance with accessibility laws and policies among students, colleagues, and educational partners.

Initiate the development of holistic educational interventions designed for students participating in courses and other educational experiences delivered via hybrid and online formats.**

Model and promote adaptability among students, colleagues, and educational stakeholders in the face of fast-paced technological change and demonstrate openness to the introduction of new digital tools by others.

Proactively cultivate a digital identity, presence, and reputation for one’s self and by students that models appropriate online behavior and positive engagement with others in virtual communities.

Utilize local, national, and global digital professional learning communities and personal learning networks to enhance intra- and inter-institutional collaboration and ongoing professional development in educational, customer service, marketing, and community engagement efforts that reflect the mission and values of the organization.

Develop contingency plans for the continual operation of basic college and university functions in the event of software, hardware, or connectivity failures as a result of routine issues or in response to crises and emergencies.**

Lead and demonstrate a commitment to universal design principles in technological implementations that ensures the frictionless use and application of technology by all.

Engage in systematic practices aimed at ensuring students and professionals across all demographics have access to technological resources and are educated in their intelligent use and implementation for solving problems and enhancing learning. **

Provide leadership for the proactive creation, use, and empirical evaluation of technological tools and digital spaces for students including those drawing on social media and other digital communication and collaboration tools.**

Provide leadership and ongoing training to colleagues and students for the cultivation of a genuine digital identity, presence, and reputation that models appropriate online behavior and enables open access and engagement with virtual communities as appropriate.

Engage in systematic practices aimed at ensuring students and professionals across all demographics have access to technological resources and are educated in their intelligent use and implementation for solving problems and enhancing learning.

Provide training and instruction for the use, adoption, and evaluation of digital strategies for enhancing educational interventions with multimedia, interactive tools, and creativity enhancing technologies by students, colleagues, and other educational stakeholders.

Provide leadership for the seamless integration of social media and other digital communications with broader educational, customer service, marketing, and community engagement efforts that communicate and develop dialogue and community around shared common institutional values.