Determining how to align IT with an institution's instructional needs has become a high priority for CIOs, but where can they focus their attention to do the most good? Steps central IT can take include reaching out to faculty, building the instructional infrastructure, finding cost and performance efficiencies, and facilitating agile development for innovators.
BiographyJudith Tabron is the director of Faculty Computing and Student Computing at Hofstra University. These departments include instructional design; distance learning development; academic software purchase, implementation and support for all 8 colleges; assessment data gathering and support; our new Learning Support team, to help students learn with digital tools, with our newly renovated Calkins Learning Lab; and our student help desk which includes repair, printing services, and collaboration with various student support offices. Working at Hofstra University since 2004, Dr. Tabron has spearheaded such University-wide initiatives as: debuting the University's first active learning classroom; cooperatively building learning spaces in both IT and the Library; developing the University's first distance learning programs; creating classroom standards and design guidelines; lifecycle budget planning for classroom equipment; coordinating IT for the University's new Medical School, opened 2011; creating a new Learning Support division of Student Computing services; and many types of faculty development programs. These are in addition to keeping Hofstra's academic computing resources and services up to date and publicizing them to the community including training and support. Dr. Tabron's popular "Catalyst Boot Camp" from 2006-2011, a pedagogy workshop designed to bring faculty up to date with the latest developments in teaching with technology, was completely revised and re-debuted in January 2014. This workshop focuses on active learning strategies and how to use technology to introduce them into face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online courses. Previously Dr. Tabron built Brandeis University's original Center for Instructional Multimedia and Technology (CIMTech) and was the director of Brandeis' Academic Technology Services department including its language lab, CIMTech, audio-visual services, and computing classrooms. She has also served as an instructor in English at Slippery Rock University, PA. Her Ph.D. is in English and American Literature and she has published on postcolonial theory and pop culture. She currently teaches a course on global popular culture media and its sales for the department of Geography and Global Studies at Hofstra. Judith Tabron is a Frye Leadership Institute alumna from 2008, co-class president of the Bryn Mawr College class of 1990, and the founding Information Officer on the executive board of the New York State chapter of the American Council on Education's Women's Network, for which she is currently also the Associate State Coordinator. (http://nyacenet.org) She hosts a roundtable of instructional technologists from the New York and Long Island area periodically at Hofstra University, and strongly believes in networks and shared resources for professional development and for higher education in general.
EDUCAUSE 2012 Program Committee