Faculty technology uses and needs

The Faculty Technology Advisory Group (FTAG) is composed of OU faculty. We have been tasked with providing recommendations about faculty information technology needs to Ohio University’s IT department (OIT) and to the University’s administration. We want to be sure we represent your IT needs accurately and so we seek your input. A summary report of this survey will be shared with all faculty, OIT and the university administration.

Teaching related uses of technology

Use your LMS to distribute grades
Use your LMS to post basic course information
Use your LMS for forums, groups or other collaborative features
Use your LMS to collect digital copies of student assignments
Use your LMS to collect student assignments (google documents, blog comments, etc.)
Upload entire columns of grades from excel into Blackboard

Use email to schedule events or send reminders
Show Youtube or other brief streaming video in class
Show longer streaming films via Netflix or Hulu in class
Use online tools where students are expected to participate outside of class
Use online tools where students are encouraged to participate during class
Use email to collect digital copies of student assignment
Use lecture capture during class to record your lectures for later retrieval by your students
Use lecture capture outside of class to create online resources to supplement lecture material
Use web conferencing (such as Adobe Connect or Go To Meeting) to meet with your students online
Collaborate with students during class using tools like google documents

Technology use in all facets of professional role

Communicate with Skype or other voice over internet system
Use 3rd party email system (like Gmail, Yahoo etc.)
Create web pages or blogs
Share documents with Dropbox or other file sharing system
Share documents with collaborative online tools (like google docs)
Create online surveys or forms
Create digital video for instructional or other professional tasks
Transport files on a USB drive
Create or use presentations with Powerpoint, Keynote, etc.
Make back-up copies of crucial files
Use video creation software
Use image editing software (Photoshop; Paint.net, etc)
Use screen capture software like Snipping tool (Windows) or Grab it (Mac)
Use spreadsheet software
Data analysis software
Read or post to social networking websites (Facebook, etc)
Update electronic calendar
Use mobile phone to check calendar, email or other work
Use technology based research lab
Use high definition video conferencing to communicate with your colleagues around the world
Use mobile devices (for example, smart phones, iPads, Sprint HTC Views, etc.) for professional work

Speed of university network
Speed of wireless campus networks
Usability of OIT web pages and help materials
Classroom technology maintenance
Streamlined interface for Blackboard
Support for an alternative learning management system
Support cutting edge new learning projects
Reliability of wireless campus networks
University wide support for Google Docs and related Google web tools
University wide support for open source office suites like Open Office
University wide support for use of open source statistical and analysis software

In Blackboard include set of commonly used links, as a template, so that when faculty open up BB they find immediate access to the most commonly needed tasks.
Install notes in classrooms with information to make it easy to contact tech support (not just in the large classrooms).
Create a tech help line accessed through phone call or text messages, monitored in real time during primary teaching hours, especially near class start times.
Monitor usability and effectiveness of universtity websites and improve them based on findings.
Ability to download licensed software (like MS Office) whenever possible.
Install notes in classrooms with information about equipment settings.

Never submit passwords through Google Forms.