A dynamic and flexible unit, the CIT Emerging Technology and Accessibility team works with colleagues within CIT, as well as faculty, researchers, and other campus community members to ascertain technology needs and to explore and evaluate tools, procedures, and resources needed to foster emerging technology and accessibility (see also http://accessibility.ua.edu) at University of Alabama.
The Emerging Technology and Accessibility team helps plan and implement campus-wide rollouts of instructional technology tools. This can include change management, conducting pilots and user surveys, developing and leading any transitional tasks, proposing and evaluating policies and procedures, exploring possible workflows and functional administration, as well as other needs. This service evolved when CIT realized that the overlapping nature of technology tool upgrades and transitions made it infeasible for to support one system while learning how to use, support, and administer its replacement, particularly for a tool such as a learning management system. In many cases the needs of the campus during a transition will not need to be incorporated into the day-to-day support operations once the change is complete. This shows a need for a transition team that can serve the University of Alabama through evaluating new instructional technology tools and facilitating their implementation.
We explore emerging technology tools through active investigation of technology capabilities and campus needs. Through collaboration with other campus (and beyond) groups, we offer research and evaluation of current and future campus technology solutions. This group focuses on emerging technology trends, as well as development of recommendations, processes, and procedures related to technology implementation. Mobile applications, educational gaming, technology accessibility, instructional technology analytics, and 3D scanning and printing development are also areas where UA has growing momentum and that merit dedicated enterprise resources.
- To offer the UA community evaluation and implementation of technology solutions.
- To explore existing and emerging technologies and offer recommendations regarding viability and implementation.
- To investigate technology accessibility resources and needs.
- To offer UA accessibility workflows and solutions for instructional technology.