The Office of Technology for Teaching and Learning (OTTL) is committed to student success and the enhancement of the teaching and learning experience for all students and faculty through the transparent integration of technology in a variety of instructional modalities. To support this commitment, the mission of the OTTL is to provide exceptional leadership and support for distance learning, instructional design services, best practices in the use of technology, and to continually search for new and innovative uses for academic technology.
The vision of the Office of Technology for Teaching and Learning is to be an active hub providing continuous opportunities for all faculty to collaborate and enhance their knowledge and skills related to the effective and innovative use of academic technology, instruction and assessment practices, as well as provide opportunities to collaborate in and support research around technology in the classroom.
The Office of Technology for Teaching and Learning values:
- the use of best practices in online and technology-enhanced education
- excellence in service
- collaboration and teamwork
- research-based instructional practices that improve student learning
- the process of continuous improvement
- increased opportunities for students to access learning materials
- increased access to available and accessible content
- innovation in technology and education
As articulated in the University’s Gateway to the Future Strategic Plan, distance learning is a critical component to support the accomplishment of many key goals. As such, the Office of Technology for Teaching and Learning provides vital services and support for the many and varied needs of its campus constituents.
We believe technology is a support tool vital to the functioning of the University environment. Technology should serve a specific purpose in the educational process, not be added just to use the latest and greatest new tool. It should be efficient, effective and transparent. When integrated properly, technology effectively supports teaching and learning, assessment, faculty research, and community partnerships as well as improves communication and collaboration. Technology provides additional pathways for students to access course materials and learning opportunities thereby potentially reaching more students than Wilkes can serve through traditional means.