Strategic Directions

Drop Shadow

Information Technology: Additional Ideas and Comments

Participants in the workshop and open forums were invited to submit additional ideas and comments about any of the topics under discussion. The following comments have been received on the topic of Information Technology.

  • Make it possible and easy for those who attend USD events that charge a fee to charge those fees to credit cards—for example, conference attendees.
  • Technology should never be the focus—it should be a possible solution, in part, to a bigger focus. That is, we don’t want technology for technology’s sake. But also, not the cart before the horse. Rather than ask, “How should USD use information technology to distinguish itself?” we need to ask, “What makes USD distinctive?” and then, “How can technology support that distinctiveness?”
  • Include a computer in the price of tuition—but give a purpose for having them.
  • Get students to come to USD rather than UCSD for biology and other sciences.
  • Great to bring technology to the classroom, but we must make sure it is a relevant experience that is usable beyond academics.
  • Build into undergrad curriculum and information literacy program to support lifetime learning in the digital age. Include USD’s information professionals, such as its librarians, in planning and teaching.
  • Need to be virtual.
  • We are really behind in this area—need to make sure we have the equipment and technological support to move forward.
  • Should have a way to faculty to back up their data automatically.
  • Be sure to be aware of the “haves” and “have nots”—be sure to recognize that not everyone has access to laptops.
  • Regular updates from HR to the “Find People” list on the web – often lags behind several months.
  • Must have the ability to communicate with students via e-mail – create listserv with student groups, etc.
  • If “computing across the curriculum” is considered, broaden it to “Information Literacy across the Curriculum” which includes computing and offers the foundations for life-long learning.
  • If wireless connectivity is a priority, centrally fund it instead of expecting departments to pay. (We’ve had no equipment funding for a few years.)
  • Look at increasing IT use by reassessing role of faculty secretaries – these staff should be retrained as first-line technology support.