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Faculty Engagement Strategies: What Works Best?
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About this session:

As new educational technologies become available, IT administrators and educational and technical support personnel recognize that deep faculty engagement is a key factor in promoting and supporting these technologies. Therefore, it is important to employ effective strategies that help engage faculty in adoption of educational technologies and develop their skills in this area. With effective faculty engagement strategies IT professionals can better promote and implement new educational technologies while ensuring that valuable feedback on their implementation flows back to IT administrators who must decide what to invest in and support. Consequently, it is of great value to know which faculty engagement strategies other institutions are currently using, how well they work, and what to be mindful of in their implementation.

Because there is limited data available on which faculty engagement strategies work and provide the best return on the money and time invested IT Services staff at Iowa State University undertook an ongoing study of which faculty engagement strategies are employed by different CCUMC and EDUCAUSE member institutions. Since the survey start in March 2014 we have been gaining a detailed and continuously improving picture of which strategies are currently used across different institutions, how well they work, and what challenges their users have faced. 

This presentation will discuss the more than two years of data gathered in our ongoing study and provide an update on our presentation at the 2014 conference. We will cover which faculty engagement strategies are favored, their main advantages, and main implementation issues from the perspectives of those using them. In addition, we will discuss some of the obstacles to faculty engagement and development that respondents face at their institutions. We plan to involve the audience in this presentation and provide opportunities for group discussion and feedback on the different strategies.

Our goal is to share the data collected and encourage and support the debate on faculty engagement strategies.

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About the presenter:

Jacob Larsen, Iowa State University

Jacob E. Larsen is an Emerging Technology Specialist with the Iowa State University (ISU) Information Technology Services where he manages the emerging technology support efforts. This includes leading faculty support efforts and assistance for all IT Services Academic Technologies including software assistance and pedagogical support. He is also the primary communications agent for the Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS) organization at ISU. Larsen’s current focus is on faculty engagement strategies, wireless content streaming and audience response systems (clickers). In addition to his experience as a college-level instructor Larsen has extensive experience with faculty pedagogical and technical support and blended and online learning.