The mission of the Department of Instructional Technology is to advance the effective use of technology to support teaching, learning, and leadership in P-12 schools through educator preparation, professional service, and research.
The Department of Instructional Technology will be internationally-recognized for innovative teaching and learning; relevant research to advance the use of instructional technologies in P-12 schools; collaborative partnerships to strengthen technology integration in all educator preparation programs; and well-prepared graduates who transform schools into digital age learning environments that engage students and facilitate participation in our global community.
The following core values reflect the essential tenets that guide the Department of Instructional Technology in its efforts to improve P-12 student learning.
- Excellence in teaching, marked by rigor and relevance.
- Facilitating meaningful and engaging learning experiences for our candidates that will enhance their ability to incorporate the ISTE, COSN, and iNACOL standards into all aspects of their professional practice.
- All components of faculty scholarship, including the Scholarship of Teaching, Supervision & Mentoring; Research and Creative Activity; Professional Service, and Administration & Leadership.
- Purposeful and necessary service to the department, college, university, schools, and profession.
- Democratic principles of educational equity for all learners modeled through reflective teaching, learning, leadership, service and the use of accessible technologies. We value diversity, global collaboration, professionalism, and shared governance.
- We value preparing our candidates to effectively teach diverse groups of B-12 students using accessible technologies and universal design for learning.
- A safe, collegial workplace established and sustained by its members who are valued for their talents and diversity of experiences, background, and perspectives.
- The process of guiding and mentoring faculty and students for success and sustainability. We strongly value senior faculty mentoring junior faculty members.
- Collegiality and academic citizenship, exemplifying high standards of ethical and professional behavior.
- The appropriate use of technology and the role it plays in effective teaching and learning.
- Staying abreast of current and emerging technologies and their applications in P-12 schools.