IDS/IT merger transition

From: 
Diane Goddard, Vice Provost, Administration and Finance
Sent: 
Friday, May 06, 2011 11:58 AM
To: 
Deans, Directors, and Chairs

Dear Colleagues,

As part of the IT Assessment conducted last summer by Huron, several key issues surrounding the support and availability of instructional technologies were noted. The report outlined:

  • KU is behind the curve in terms of supporting technology-enhanced teaching in the classroom;
  • Classroom standards have not been set, resulting in variable capabilities;
  • Overall need for more consistent consulting-level support for faculty and students related to academic and instructional technologies.

After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to take an important step towards more comprehensive and coordinated classroom technology and support. Moving forward, Instructional Development and Support (IDS) will be a part of KU Information Technology. We believe this new model will provide a greater depth of service for faculty and staff, and allow us to more effectively and efficiently support teaching and learning at KU.

The transition of IDS services and staff into KU Information Technology will be an intentional, thoughtful process bringing together the strengths, expertise, and resources of both organizations. In addition, the recent introduction of the KU IT Client Solutions and Training unit, focused on outreach and technology consulting services, will be an integral component of our current and future classroom and instructional support. Their expertise includes a variety of support technologies such as Blackboard, collaboration tools, videoconferencing, and lecture capture as well as consulting focused on instructional integration and user education.

As we begin this transition process, please continue working with IDS in the ways to which you are accustomed. No services or staff are being eliminated in this change. In the weeks ahead we will share more information and details about the future of services and support for faculty, students, and instructional technologies at KU. By Fall 2011, we hope that the plan for increased academic technology support will be well on its way to filling the gap at KU.

If you have questions or ideas about this important work, please let me know, or I also encourage you to contact those leading the effort - Julie Loats, jmloats@ku.edu, or Ann Ermey, aermey@ku.edu.

Sincerely,

Diane Goddard
Vice Provost, Administration and Finance

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