The Office of Information Technology (IT) is currently developing its strategic plan for 2016-2018. In order to better understand your technology needs and expectations, we have partnered with the Educause Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) to conduct surveys of our faculty and students. As an outcome of the two surveys, we hope to align IT service offerings in order to better support learning and teaching at SJU.
Last year, 151 institutions and more than 17,000 faculty members participated in the ECAR study. By participating, SJU will receive a summary benchmarking report that compares our institutional responses with others. In addition, we will receive the raw (anonymous) data of our SJU responses so that IT can conduct further analyses and integrate findings into our strategic plan.
Diana Oblinger, President and CEO of Educause, writes that “In order for faculty to use technology to deepen engagement for students and collaboration among colleagues, institutions must have the appropriate infrastructure, integration (e.g., of data and systems), and design for the overall technology environment.” Dr. Oblinger continues that findings from the ECAR survey can “provide an understanding for frontline technologists, academic innovators, and technology leaders to meet faculty where they are to best support the institutional mission.”
To this end, we invite you to participate in the ECAR faculty study which will run through Friday, March 20. We know you are very busy (and many of you recently completed the library survey) but we hope you will take this survey and share your insights and experiences so that IT can serve you better. You will have the option to take an abbreviated version of the survey with just the core survey questions. This survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. It may take up to 30 minutes for those who opt to take the longer version of the survey. Either way, you will be providing valuable information about your technology experiences and expectations.
Please visit the Faculty page within The Nest to access the survey.
NOTE: The Saint Joseph’s University Institutional Review Board (IRB) has reviewed this research study for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research. If you believe that there is an infringement upon your rights as a participant in this research you may contact the Research Compliance Coordinator, Jena Fioravanti Burkett, (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Carriage House, on the Maguire Campus, Telephone (610) 660-1298.