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Innovation in Technology and Information

Strategic Planning Committee for Innovation in Technology and Information

Update 6/24/2010: On June 24, 2010 the provost released the Strategic Planning Committee for Innovation in Technology and Information Final Report to the university community.  The report, which can be accessed here (PDF), details immediate recommendations and strategic goals for the future of technology and information at Wake Forest University.

Background:

No segment of society has a faster pace of change than the fields of technology and information.  Advances in technology and information will have a profound effect on the learning and research environment at Wake Forest University.  In order to ensure success, we need to determine how to inform and equip our faculty, staff and students to take best advantage of technology and information as they continue to evolve.

Charge:

Investigate the importance of future advances in the field of technology and information and develop a plan to enable Wake Forest to take best advantage of them.  Consider these questions:

  • What is the next step that will keep Wake Forest on the forefront of using technology for learning – leveraging our strengths from the laptop initiative?
  • What will the academic library look like in 5 years? In 10 years?
  • How will students and faculty access information in 5 years? In 10 years?
  • How will technology change the use of textbooks and scholarly journals?
  • What role will computing technology play in creation of knowledge in 5 years? In 10 years?
  • How should Wake Forest prepare for and leverage these changes?

Timetable:

Organizational meeting in Nov-Dec 2008 with work to begin early in Spring Semester 2009.  Final report due December 2009.

Deliveries:

  1. Environmental scan looking 10 years into the future;
  2. Action plan connecting the projected environment to academics at Wake Forest including a list of recommended steps.

Co-Chairs:

  • Lynn Sutton, Director of Z. Smith Reynolds Library
  • Rick Matthews, Associate Provost for Information Systems