Supporting Faculty and the Technology Adoption Spectrum

Wednesday, February 03 | 11:45AM–12:30PM
Session Type: Professional Development

TITLE:Teaching the Teachers: Keeping Faculty Current

The Duke University Center for Instructional Technology's Faculty Showcase, an event that allows faculty to demonstrate their use of innovative technology to their colleagues, celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2015. This highly successful program has served as a key strategy for keeping faculty up-to-date on the latest trends in educational technology. Faculty development initiatives include book clubs, fellowships, and startup grants, in addition to more common programs like workshops and consulting. Instructional technologists and forward-thinking faculty will enjoy this interactive session about trends in faculty development and gain ideas to take back to their home universities.

OUTCOMES: Learn about the process of developing a successful program for sharing faculty innovation experiences * Determine which broad themes successfully encourage faculty to innovate * Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various faculty development strategies

TITLE: Disrupting the Technology Adoption Spectrum: Thinking Creatively about Faculty Technology Use

In this session we will share the results "The Landscape of Educational Technology, " a yearlong research study at Smith College (which reached 47% of our faculty and spanned 22 academic departments) and provide practical examples of how the findings allowed us to develop a more meaningful faculty development plan. We will also discuss how disrupting the linear technology adoption spectrum has become an essential part of our work and of our newly developed "recipe" model of technology adoption and use.

OUTCOMES: Explore the traditional technology adoption spectrum * Reflect on ways in which this model does or does not apply to your campus culture * Explore new and creative ways of thinking about technology adoption


  • Seth Anderson

    Teaching Consultant, Duke University
  • Yasmin Eisenhauer

    Associate Director/ ITS, Smith College
  • Deborah Keisch

    Instructional Technologist, Smith College
  • Elise Mueller

    Academic Technology Consultant, Duke University