Learning Technologies Advisory Committee (LTAC)

Name

Learning Technologies Advisory Committee (LTAC)

Purpose

The purpose of the Learning Technologies Advisory Committee (LTAC) is to provide advice to the Information Technology Steering Committee - Teaching and Learning (ITSC - T&L) on strategic priorities for teaching and learning technologies at the University, new technologies that should be investigated and current technologies that should be reviewed, to deliver pedagogical value to our University community.

The Learning Technologies Advisory Committee will provide advice on the impacts of existing and new policy or procedures related to teaching and learning technologies within its mandate and help to promote communication and open dialogue to address key issues facing teaching and learning technologies at the University.

The mandate of the Learning Technologies Advisory Committee includes technology (infrastructure and systems) to support teaching and learning both inside and outside the classroom, all learning management systems, virtual and classroom technologies, collaborative tools and student labs.

Reporting

The Learning Technologies Advisory Committee reports to Information Technology Steering Committee for Teaching & Learning (ITSC - T&L).

Objectives

The objectives of the Learning Technologies Advisory Committee are to:

  • Identify key pedagogical issues face by instructors and students and how those relate to the current learning technologies ecosystem.
  • Examine learning technologies in higher education and make recommendations for future planning based on the Institutional Strategic Plan.
  • Review current learning technologies at the University and make recommendations on enhancements or changes.
  • Provide feedback and advice on proposed changes or enhancements to learning technologies.
  • Provide advice and assist in communicating changes or enhancements to new or exiting learning technologies at the University.
  • Help to identify and mitigate potential institutional risks.

Scope

The Learning Technologies Advisory Committee can provide advice on all matters relating to the University's Teaching and Learning ecosystem with respect to Information technology applications and solutions including new projects, upgrades, enhancements and operational issues.

Strategic Alignment

  • Provide advice on strategy direction and the alignment of information technology initiatives for Teaching and Learning.
  • Advice on new or existing policies and procedures.
  • Seek collaborations and align with University initiatives whenever possible.

Value Delivery

  • Assess and advise on whether the information technology architecture is aligned with best pedagogical practices.
  • Regularly review and report on the performance of the different learning technology implementations, discuss priorities and make recommendations as required.

Risk Management

  • Discuss and advise on Institutional risks associated with teaching and learning technologies at the University.

Membership

The following table presents the composition of the committee membership. Faculty representation on this committee is to be determined by the Dean of each of the Faculties on a yearly basis. The person chosen to represent a Faculty should have connections back to the governance structure in that faculty and has a role to liaise with the Faculty's administration, faculty and staff to bring informed opinions to the advisory committee on the Faculty's behalf:

 Position  Role
 Director Learning Technologies - IST  Chair
 Associate Director, Educational Technology, Centre for Teaching and Learning  Member 
 Senior IT and Facilities Officer - Libraries  Member
 Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences Faculty Representative  Member
 Arts Faculty Representative  Member
 Alberta School of Business Representative  Member
 Augustana Faculty Representative  Member
 Education Faculty Representative  Member
 Engineering Faculty Representative  Member
 Extension Faculty Representative  Member
 Faculte St. Jean Representative  Member
 Graduate Studies Faculty Representative  Member
 Law Faculty Representative  Member
 Medicine & Dentistry Faculty Representative  Member
 Native Studies Faculty Representative  Member
 Nursing Faculty Representative  Member
 Pharmacy Faculty Representative  Member
 Physical Education and Recreation Faculty Representative  Member
 Rehab Medicine Faculty Representative  Member
 Science Faculty Representative  Member
 Students Union Representative  Member
 Grad Students Association Representative  Member
 CAST Representative  

Internal or external persons may be invited to attend meetings to provide advice and assistance when necessary. 

Terms and Committee Renewal

Membership will be revised and confirmed yearly by each of the participating Faculties and Associations.

Meetings/Logistics

This committee will meet as required but not less than once per quarter.

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas and associated documentation will be prepared and distributed by the Office of the Chair five working days prior to the meeting. The draft minutes and action items of each meeting will be prepared and circulated by the office of the Chair to all committee members following the meeting.

Approval and Amending the Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference will be reviewed yearly and revised, if necessary, by ITSC - T&L.