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Strategic Alliances For Successful Deployment Of Instructional Technologies

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Innovation and Measuring Success in Graduate Education

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Graduate Studies

Page Count

6

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15.1095.1 - 15.1095.6

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https://peer.asee.org/16470

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Glenda Scales Virginia Tech

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Dr. Glenda R. Scales serves as both Associate Dean for International Programs and Information
Technology and Director of the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP) in the
College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. As Director of CGEP, Dr. Scales manages a state-wide
distance learning program that has a long history – over 25 years – providing working scientists and engineers with access to exceptional graduate degree programs. Dr. Scales also provides leadership for international programs, research computing and academic computing within the College of Engineering. She was a member of the core team responsible for launching System X, which was independently ranked on the Top 500 listing in 2003 as the fastest supercomputer at any academic institution and the third fastest in the world.

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Shreya Kothaneth Virginia Polytechnic and State University

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Shreya Kothaneth is a Doctoral candidate enrolled in the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include technology acceptance, usability, and creativity.

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Dale Pokorski Virginia Tech

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Dale leads the Information Technology team in the dean’s suite. Her team is responsible for the design and maintenance of the college’s web presence, providing the dean’s suite information technology and desktop support, and software support for Engineering students. Additionally Dale coordinates information technology efforts that benefit the entire college and facilitates all college level information technology projects. Prior to joining Virginia Tech She began her Air Force career as Financial Systems Analyst shortly after graduating from Smith College with a degree in Computer Science. While in the Air Force, Dale earned her MBA from Auburn University in Montgomery.

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David Bailey Virginia Tech

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David Bailey is an industrial and systems engineering graduate student at Virginia Tech. He worked in the telecommunications/IT industry as a network management engineer and technical consultant and served in the United State Air Force as a communications-computer systems engineer. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.

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Catherine Amelink Virginia Tech

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Dr. Amelink’s provides leadership for assessment in the area of distance learning and has a shared appointment with Virginia Tech’s Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning, and the College of Engineering. Prior to her shared appointment Dr. Amelink served as Assessment Coordinator for the Virginia Tech Division of Student Affairs and Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives at the Virginia Tech Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She is a graduate of the Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech.

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Strategic Alliances for Successful Deployment of Instructional Technologies Introduction

Research has shown that TabletPCs enhance the student learning experience1. The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech University launched the TabletPC initiative in 2006. All incoming freshman student are required to purchase a TabletPC for use in class. The TabletPC is used extensively by the faculty members in the freshman classes, but in-class usage reduces by a significant amount in the senior years. While there are some faculty members who use the TabletPC and all its features extensively in class, there are some who are not very comfortable with use of in-class technology. For convenience, we have classified the faculty members into three types of users; Phase 1 users are those who use simple tools, such as Microsoft PowerPoint© without any inking, to teach in class. Phase 2 users are those who use the inking features of the TabletPC to teach in class. Finally, the Phase 3 users are those who used advanced software and features of the TabletPC to teach in class. For instance, faculty members who use DyKnow© to teach in class will be classified as a Phase 3 user. In order to increase faculty usage, the College of Engineering has deployed various strategic alliances with internal and external organizations to the university.

maximize adoption of instructional technologies2. According to Rogers, there are five attributes to be considered when it comes to adoption of technology. They are relative advantage, compatibility, trialability, observability, and complexity. Adoption of technology will be more likely if the complexity of the technology is reduced but relative advantage, compatibility, trialability, and observability are maximized. Figure 1 depicts the strategic alliances maintained to increase faculty/student adoption of TabletPCs,

Figure 1: Strategies Alliances Used to Promote Adoption of the TabletPC

Scales, G., & Kothaneth, S., & Pokorski, D., & Bailey, D., & Amelink, C. (2010, June), Strategic Alliances For Successful Deployment Of Instructional Technologies Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16470

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