Ensuring the Appropriate Use of Educational Technology: An Update for Local Academic Senates

General Concerns
Technology Committee

This position paper of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) examines issues of educational technology that involve policy and implementation matters important to local academic senates. In particular it includes current information regarding separate curriculum review and instructor-student contact. In general, this paper summarizes and updates three earlier ASCCC papers on technology in education. It suggests a variety of effective practices in educational technology and considers appropriate college governance structures that will facilitate planning. A suitable structure will result in decisions that are based on the educational needs of the student rather than the technological convenience of the college. Many of the effective practices require related professional development activities. Recommendations to local academic senates are included.