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The workgroup evaluates new and emerging technologies that lead to potential consortial agreements and cost savings for Oregon community colleges. This work provides innovative tools and improves opportunities for access to technology for teaching and learning at our community colleges.
Goals and Objectives
The workgroup explores emerging technologies identified by pertinent resources to inform Oregon Community Colleges about these technologies by supporting pilot explorations, producing recommendation and adoption guidance documents, and identifying or producing professional development resources to support their system integration and effective pedagogical use. They offer options so that solutions can be effectively selected and localized. The workgroup is always looking for ways to maximize our statewide budget by finding and implementing consortial agreements.
The workgroup reviews educational technology with a focus on alignment with the greater interests and needs of all Oregon community college distance learning programs. They receive pilot exploration suggestions via our workgroup and a nomination form. They support pilot-projects and shared the exploration of technology, and produce tangible guidance to improve teaching practice and student outcomes in distance learning.
Monica Marlo – Portland Community College (Workgroup Co-Lead)
Sage Freeman – Chemeketa Community College (Workgroup Co-Lead)
Cat Schleichert – Mount Hood Community College
Rory Beck – Lane Community College
Scott Dove – Central Oregon Community College
Edis Worden – Klamath Community College
Ashlei Emmons – Blue Mountain Community College
Josh Manders – Lane Community College
Hillary Abbott – Clackamas Community College
Kevin Steeves – Lane Community College
Mel Stark – Lane Community College
Sarah Miller – Tillamook Bay Community College
David Snell – Rogue Community College
David Edgell – Klamath Community College
Andy Freed – Portland Community College
Jen Kepka – Lane Community College
Ian Coronado – Lane Community College
Dan Wright – Umpqua Community College
Spencer Smith – Oregon Coast Community College
Paul Tannahill – Linn-Benton Community College
EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY EXPLORATIONS
The Emergent Technology Work Group (ETWG) manages a research & development fund to enable the group to access and license the technology as identified by the greater group to pilot test for possible shared implementation. As emerging technology and services are identified as possible viable candidates for consortium level sharing, the workgroup will use these funds to gain access for evaluation.
The ETWG received applications from faculty for funding and supported the following projects during the 2021-23 biennium.
- OER Virtual Reality Bookspace for Course Multimedia – Kevin Smith, Chemeketa Community College
- Incorporating Lego Serious Play in Psychology Classes – Reina Daugherty, Chemeketa Community College
In considering funding proposals, the Emergent Technology work group will give priority to projects that:
- Are scalable (the proposal has the potential to impact a range of courses and programs)
- Likely to have direct impact on student success and/or retention
- Are collaborative and cross-disciplinary
- Focus on OCCDLA Strategic Initiatives
ED TECH REVIEWS
Below are links to project summaries by participating faculty and workgroup members for 2021-23.
Do you have an emergent technology you would like to explore? Submit your nomination for a technology evaluation by the OCCDLA Emergent Technology Workgroup.
The OCCDLA Emergent Tech Work Group receives nominations for instructional technology review from work group members and our nomination form, available to all instructors and administrative staff of all Oregon Community Colleges.