IT Master Plan
PURPOSE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) PLANNING
The Technology Master Plans seeks to build on successes already achieved at Minnesota State College Southeast (MSCS). An evolving technology support infrastructure and high-speed campus information network will enable faculty to integrate technology and multimedia into classroom teaching in innovative ways. Most important is the belief that learning opportunities will be enhanced.
Among the greatest benefits of integrating technology into the classroom is the opportunity for students to create electronic portfolios, documenting and accessing their knowledge and acquisition of skills in specific courses and across disciplines. Portfolios of any kind, but particularly those of the electronic variety, enable the student to present a collection of experiences, coursework samples, important events, and other valid activities that comprise their educational experience. Faculty members will be able to examine and assess students based on the progress they show during the entire academic career. Prospective employers will be able to explore much more thoroughly the kind of work, abilities, skills, and capabilities of our graduates.
The vision for IT at MSCS is to bring technology into the core learning process. Graduates will possess state-of-the-art IT skills applicable to their area of study.
A campus-learning network, such as the one that is under construction at MSCS, will provide the opportunity for active and interactive learning, ability to accommodate diverse learning styles, and the delivery of timely feedback. MSCS will provide an efficient online access to the college educational services. The campus learning network will be extended to reach distance learners. Adequate personal computing power in the form of laptop computers means that information gathering and knowledge building can occur anywhere and anytime.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
- A single, ubiquitous, telecommunications enterprise to provide voice, video, and data.
- Updated additional classrooms to provide for the integration of information Technologies.
- Faculty will have IT training, incentives, and support necessary to convert from classroom-centered instruction to networked learning.
- Students will have universal access to state-of-the-art information technologies.
- Campus community will have direct access to data.
- Consistent policies on supported hardware and software.