The Office of
As the commitment of the University to the use of information technology in teaching/and learning grew in the 1990's a demand for human, hardware, and software resources emerged. To this end, the Office of Instructional Technology was established in the center in 1997. The operations of the OIT comprise the single largest function of the CSTL. OIT is overseen by the Director of the center. In addition, a group of faculty advisors representing the academic schools and colleges advise the OIT on its operation. This group, referred to as the Technology Associates aids in the planning of the TSL institutes, advises on major hardware and software purchases, and aids the center in formulating a vision and direction for OIT.
The OIT envisions a community of learners supported by an interactive, state-of-the-art electronic environment reaching all University constituents throughout the service region. Such an environment fosters the creation, sharing, retrieval, exchange, analysis, and evaluation of information in support of our mission as an educational institution. The development and use of information technology will help to achieve each of the university's goals as stated in the mission statement.
The OIT provides a variety of services. The main function of the OIT is to assist faculty with the development and incorporation of innovative applications of instructional technology to enhance teaching and learning. This assistance is provided via workshops and personalized, one-on-one sessions with the OIT staff. Technology Serving Learning Institutes are offered in the summer and winter intersessions..
The OIT is also responsible for maintaining a variety of electronic equipment that faculty can check out. The equipment includes laptop computers, portable projectors, video equipment, and digital cameras. A 5 station computer lab is open for faculty to use on a walk-in basis and includes Intranet/Internet-connected PC and Mac workstations, paper and 35 mm slide scanners, CD and DVD writeable drives, video-dubbing equipment, and a color LaserJet printers. The workstations are equipped with a variety of instructional technology development software.
The office also houses three instructional technology servers that house the vast majority of instructionally-related Web sites at Southeast Missouri State. The servers are available to all faculty on campus. Faculty are given unlimited space (within reason) on the server for implementing instructional technology related tools. The server provides listserve capabilities and online testing, conferencing and gradebook software as well as standard Web serving tools. Additionally these servers house the Southeast online program. Online (Web-based) courses offered by Southeast Missouri State are thus developed and delivered in conjunction with the OIT
All faculty wanting to develop Web-based or Web-supported course materials or other instructionally technology related materials can do so in the center under the guidance of the Instructional Web Manager, Instructional Design Specialist and Student Technology Consultants. Student design teams work closely with faculty overseeing and helping with the development process. These courses will also be developed in conjunction with the OIT resources available and housed on the OIT server.
The OIT offers several services to faculty at Southeast Missouri State University:
The OIT is housed in the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CSTL) in Kent Library.