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1 The Philosophy: Why? Ray Cross, President

2 INTRODUCTION Overview Societal and Cultural Changes Changes in the Work Place Educational Changes/Observations Changes at SUNY Morrisville –Our Vision –Technology Strategies –Campus Implementation Issues Critical Issues

3 Everything is Changing

4 4 Societal and Cultural Changes

5 Late 1800s Agricultural Age Industrial Age

6 Late 1900s Industrial Age Information Age


8 The INFORMATION AGE The Information Age is being driven by learning and knowledge So the time is right to develop a compelling vision for learning in the 21st century. Perelman, Lewis J. Schools Out: A Radical new Formula for the Revitalization of Americas Educational System. New York: Avon Books, 1992.

9 HIGHER EDUCATION in the INDUSTRIAL AGE Higher education is at a crossroads. Having aligned its operations and output with the needs of the Industrial Age, it has settled into a mode of operation that is often likened to the factory of the age it served. Handy, Charles. The Age of Paradox. Cambridge: Harvard Business School Press, 1994.

10 THEME -- ONE Knowledge Smart Roads, Smart Houses, Smart Cars, Smart Tires, Smart Cards, Smart Pucks, Smart Telephones The Digital Economy, Don Tapscott

11 THEME -- TWO Digitization Information was analog and physical (or atoms) -- now it is digital (bits)

12 THEME -- THREE Virtualization As information shifts from analog to digital, physical things can become virtual

13 THEME -- FOUR Molecularization Mass will become molecular in all aspects of economic and social life.

14 THEME -- FIVE Integration -- Internetworking The integration of molecules into clusters that work with others.

15 THEME -- SIX Disintermediation Middleman functions between producers and consumers are being eliminated through digital networks

16 THEME -- SEVEN THEME -- SEVEN Convergence The dominant economic sector is being created by three converging industries -- computing, communications, and the content industries

17 THEME -- EIGHT THEME -- EIGHT Innovation No matter how good your product, you are only 18 months away from failure. Lou Gerstner IBM

18 THEME -- NINE THEME -- NINE Prosumption The GAP between Producers and Consumers blurs.

19 THEME -- TEN Immediacy Today, consumer electronics products have a typical lifespan of two months.

20 THEME -- ELEVEN THEME -- ELEVEN Globalization The digital planet will look and feel like the head of a pin. Being Digital Nicholas Negroponte

21 THEME -- TWELVE Discordance Unprecedented social issues are beginning to arise, potentially causing massive trauma and conflict.

22 The Pace of the Race

23 The Velocity of Change If the 1980s were about quality and the 1990s were about re-engineering, then the 2000s will be about velocity -- about how quickly business itself will be transacted; and about how information access will alter the lifestyle of consumers and their expectations of business. When the increase in velocity is great enough, the very nature of business changes." Bill Gates

24 Mentality shiftsMentality shifts-- from public phone to personal phone. Location shifts --Location shifts -- from a geographic focus to a focus on being connected. Individualization shift --Individualization shift -- from mass production to mass customization. Relationships shiftRelationships shift-- from a family living in many different states to all family members living in the same community. Cultural Shifts

25 Knowledge and LearningKnowledge and Learning Directly ConnectedDirectly Connected IndividualityIndividuality MobilityMobility MiniaturizationMiniaturization Speed or VelocitySpeed or Velocity Key Societal and Cultural Changes

26 26 Changes in the Work Place

27 CHANGING NATURE OF JOBS and WORK Average Worker -- Change Jobs 6.8 X and Occupations 3 X Over 76% of Current Workforce will need Significant Retraining

28 CHANGES IN THE WORKPLACE More than 50% of employed people worked for themselves as farmers and shop owners 1977 Only 7% were self-employed Drucker predicts that early in the 21st century fewer than half of working people will be employed by others in a classic way

29 CHANGES IN THE WORKPLACE Constant training, retraining, job-hopping, and even career-hopping will become the norm. Fading are the 9-5 workdays, lifetime jobs, predictable, hierarchical relationships, corporate culture security blankets, and, for a large and growing sector of the workforce, the workplace itself (will be replaced by a cybernetics workspace).

30 CHANGES IN THE WORKPLACE Today, 95% of all workers use some type of information technology in their jobs. By 2003, more than one-third of the U.S. workforce will be mobile

31 CHANGES IN THE WORKPLACE The Department of Labor estimates that this year approximately 44% of all workers will be in data services (e.g., gathering processing, retrieving, or analyzing information).

32 CHANGING WORKPLACE Could a Doctor who retired 15 years ago function in todays hospital?? NOT A CHANCE

33 CHANGING WORKPLACE? Could a teacher who retired 15 years ago function in most classrooms today?? Quite Easily

34 Education and Training (Knowledge)Education and Training (Knowledge) Pervasive Impact of TechnologyPervasive Impact of Technology MobilityMobility Speed or Velocity of Changes in the Work PlaceSpeed or Velocity of Changes in the Work Place Key Changes in the Work Place

35 35 Educational Changes and Observations

36 Personal Observations Regarding Personal Observations RegardingEducators

37 Educators Whatever will be...will be …. Fatalistic Theme Song?

38 Constraints Theory Continuity-Oriented

39 AppendagesAppendages The Educators Approach

40 INFORMATION AGE CHANGING WORLD OF LEARNING INDUSTRIAL AGE Classrooms, libraries, and laboratories Networks and being Connected TeachingLearning Seat time-based education Achievement- based learning Classroom-centered instruction Networked learning Information acquisition Knowledge navigation

41 INFORMATION AGE CHANGING WORLD OF LEARNING INDUSTRIAL AGE Time out for learning Fusion of learning and work Distance education Distance-free learning Continuing education Perpetual learning Separation of learners and learning systems Fusion of learning systems

42 Teaching Assumptions shiftTeaching Assumptions shift-- from readings are on reserve to everyone owns a copy of his/her own. Timelines shiftTimelines shift-- from our class meets MWF to we see each other all the time and MWF we meet together Students sense of access shiftsStudents sense of access shifts-- from I can get that book in the library to I have that book in my library. Educational Shifts

43 Changing Desires Learners want to be more NOMADIC Learners and employers want learning to be more collaborative Continuous contact -- students will want faculty and staff to always be available Learners and faculty want more relevant and realistic learning experiences Learners want to study and learn anywhere, anytime

44 EXISTING FACILITIES? Schools will become more like playgrounds and museums for children to assemble ideas and socialize with children all over the world. The digital planet will look and feel like the head of a pin. Nicholas Negroponte Being Digital

45 Im only attending school until it becomes available on CD-ROM Anonymous sixth grade student Changing Expectations


47 Next KILLER APP Distance Learning

48 Changing Learner DesiresChanging Learner Desires Importance of Perpertual LearningImportance of Perpertual Learning Fusion of Learning and WorkFusion of Learning and Work New Delivery Tools and TechnologyNew Delivery Tools and Technology Desire for MobilityDesire for Mobility The Demand for Speed or VelocityThe Demand for Speed or Velocity Key Changes in Education

49 49 Changes at SUNY Morrisville

50 Overview of SUNY Morrisville Public Institution in Central New York Residential Campus with 3000 Students Over 70 Academic Programs Associate and Bachelor Degrees –Health, Aquaculture, Equine, Business, Info Tech, Hospitality, Architectural Technology, Engineering Technology, Natural Resource Conservation, Biology

51 WHAT ARE WE DOING? New Vision and Direction Technology Strategy –Strategic Partnerships –Mobile Computing Program by Program –Nomadic Learning Wireless Networking –Totally Digital Environment BlueTooth Technology

52 Our Vision Statement The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville aspires to be an academically challenging, business- oriented, technology-focused entrepreneurial learning community.

53 Our Vision Academics Applied Business Entrepreneurialism TECHNOLOGY


55 Technology Strategies Phase I –Place an Emphasis on Mobility –Build a Modern Infrastructure –Create a Common Access Tool –Create a Technology Comfort Level –Create Added Value –Develop Strategic Partnerships –Create a Marketable Difference –Encourage, Empower and Support Faculty Development –Reduce Investment in Computer Labs

56 Technology Strategies Phase II –Create a Nomadic Learning Environment –Promote Rapid Change –Improve Teaching/Learning Process

57 Technology Strategies Phase III –Totally Digital Environment –Pervasive Computing –BlueTooth Technology

58 A Totally Wireless Environment

59 A Totally Digital Environment Pervasive Computing BlueTooth Technology

60 CAMPUS IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES Facility and Infrastructure Administrative Issues Academic Issues

61 FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE Facilities –Academic Classrooms and Labs –Ubiquitous Learning Space Laptop Cafe –Residence Halls Infrastructure –Campus Backbone and Networks –Wireless

62 Fall 99: 7 Classrooms 6 Labs Charlton 217 Hamilton 008 Fall 98: 2 Classrooms 2 Labs Classroom Changes

63 Laptop Classrooms

64 The Laptop Cafe

65 Other Lounges In: College Skills Library Open Lab Student Activities Building The Laptop Lounge

66 SUNY Morrisville Backbone

67 Connect to the Internet and the campus network with Raytheon Wireless in all Residence Halls Loaner Wireless Card Available to Students in all ThinkPad University Curriculums Wireless Networking

68 A Complete Wireless Campus Connect to the Internet and the campus network anywhere, at anytime!! Wireless in every Academic Building (Spring 2000) Connect while enjoying fresh air on the Quad

69 ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES Standard vs Threshold –Single Vendor vs Multiple Vendors By Program or Total Institution Implementation Funding and Ownership –Buy vs Lease vs Student Buy Cold Turkey vs Pilot Vendor Selection –Low Bid vs. Strategic Partner

70 IBM ThinkPad 390E 300 MHz 64 MB memory (Standard Option) 128 MB memory (Gold Option) 3.2 GB hard drive 24X CD-ROM 3 1/2 floppy drive 12.1 TFT display (active matrix) 56K modem card 10BaseT Ethernet card Back Pack Carrying Case Windows 98 Microsoft Office Pro 97 2 year warranty Fall 99 Configuration

71 During Freshman Placement Testing: The Benefits of a Laptop Investment Vendor Fair Faculty Demos Sale of ThinkPads and Peripherals Equipment Hands-On For Parents Orientation Session for Parents

72 Contract Signing /Program Overview - 1 hour; 100 students simultaneously Learn to Use Your Laptop - 1 1/2 hours; 25 students per session - 4 trainers; 4 concurrent sessions - Completed in 1 1/2 days for 700 students ThinkPad Distribution Fall 99 Welcome Weekend

73 Staffed by one full-time professional …and 16 students New Support Systems

74 OPEN: Monday - Saturday8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. SundayCLOSED By Phone, , or Walk-In: Problem Resolution Software Installations Warranty Repairs Loaner Laptops General Laptop Hardware, Software, and Network Assistance Help Desk Hours

75 ACADEMIC ISSUES Faculty Development and Support –New TECH Center –Help Desk –Workshops and Training Faculty Commitment Program Selection Process


77 Critical Issues Academics Should Drive the Change Communication with Students and Parents –Early and Often –Financial Aid Commitment of Faculty –Critical Mass Seek out Strategic Partners

78 Key Points Focus on learning -- not technology Focus on the discipline of study -- not the technology Focus on adding value -- not cost- related issues Focus on the committed faculty -- not total involvement

79 Key Points Focus on developing faculty with the technology -- not developing the technical capability of faculty Focus on strategic planning -- not technology planning Focus on creating a comfort-level with technology -- not an infatuation with technology

80 SUMMARY Societal and Cultural Changes Changes in the Work Place Educational Changes/Observations Changes at SUNY Morrisville –Our Vision –Technology Strategies –Campus Implementation Issues Critical Issues

81 Thank you for taking the time to investigate SUNY Morrisvilles technology and teaching philosophy.

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