Saint Louis University

Learning Technologies Advisory Committee

Committee Charge
The Learning Technologies Advisory Committee is charged to assess, prioritize, and fulfill departments' needs related to teaching and learning technologies (e.g., course management system, lecture capture software, classroom technologies, etc.).

Governance Structure
LTAC formally operates under the Information Technology Services (ITS) governance structure [LINK], reporting jointly up to the CIO and the Provost. Due to the membership of the committee, there also is a strong, direct link to faculty governance structures.

Committee Membership
LTAC is comprised almost entirely of faculty members, with only a small number of non-faculty members. (This is a change from years' past.) Faculty members are selected by their deans, serve a representational role within their college/school, and are voting members of LTAC. The committee also has two student representatives (one Student Government Association undergraduate member and one Graduate Student Association graduate/professional student member), both of whom serve a representational role and serve as voting members of the committee. Staff members are key representatives from Information Technology Services and from Academic Affairs. They serve a support function, rather than representational one, sharing sharing specific knowledge and expertise to enhance the committee's ability to do its work. As such, staff members serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of the committee.

Occasionally, other members of the SLU community (e.g., other ITS staff) may be invited to an LTAC meeting in which their expertise is needed to inform decision-making.

Scope of Work
LTAC primarily serves an advisory function, but it also may, in limited situations, serve an approving function.

As an advisory body, LTAC makes recommendations to University leadership about teaching and learning technologies. With this focus LTAC members consider (among other factors) the technology-related instructional needs of the institution, the extent to which existing technologies meet those needs, the risks and benefits of changing campus-wide instructional technologies, the perceptions and experiences of faculty and students using campus learning technologies, and the capacity of current resources (financial, technical, human) to support changes in campus learning technologies.

LTAC is aligned with broader ITS governance structures and processes and formally operates as one of several IT Portfolio Teams. As such, LTAC may approve the addition of technologies to the University's IT service catalogue (e.g., the master list of technologies provided and supported by the University) in cases where (1) approved technologies do not require capital investment and (2) the University has existing capacity to implement and support the technologies. The committee will develop formal processes for demonstrating that such capacity exists and that all appropriate approvals have been obtained from relevant stakeholders. In situations that require LTAC approval, LTAC members will be guided by consideration of multiple factors including (but not limited to): approval by relevant stakeholders, instructional needs assessment, potential impact on teaching and learning, availability of IT resources to support the implementation and ongoing service, and so on.

Contacting the Committee
Faculty, staff, students, and administrators are invited to share suggestions, concerns, and questions about technologies that support teaching and learning at SLU. They may do so by completing this online form: https://tinyurl.com/LTAC-SLU, contacting the co-chairs (debra.lohe@slu.edu and/or kyle.collins@health.slu.edu), and/or contacting any member of the committee.

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