In this digital age, it is not just the advance of technology that is breathtaking; the rate of advance itself is increasing exponentially. However, as has been the case historically, education is not the driver of these advances, but is perennially playing catch-up and worse, often doing so by reacting to popular trends. To address the rapid shifts facing society and education we have established the Learning Technologies Division (LTD).
The mission of The Learning Technologies Division is to improve the human condition through the application of new and emerging theories and technologies of learning.
To support this mission we will pursue the following goals:
- To foster creative, effective and cross-disciplinary research into improving teaching and learning at the intersection of the learning sciences and instructional technology.
- To serve as a nexus for communications and creativity for researchers and practitioners in disciplines related to digital media, information science and learning.
- To conduct and promote socially responsive and responsible research consistent with missions of the college and university.
- To reduce the lag time between the advent of new technologies and their effective use in education.
- To identify those new technologies which are most likely to have an impact on education and reduce wasted effort in pursuing those technologies less likely to be effective.
- To position Georgia State University as a leader for research in technological innovation for education.
More specifically, we are:
- Developing a multi-disciplinary cadre of research faculty and graduate students. Learning Technologies Fellows from different disciplines will be selected.
- Conducting and promoting data-driven research, both basic and applied, on the use of new and emerging technologies in education (our initial focus will be learning in virtual environments)
- Developing, designing, and constructing cutting-edge instructional innovations and championing the application of these innovations within the college and university
- Seeking and securing significant external funding to support the institute.
- Implementing the T-ASK project, which makes master’s and doctoral students from the division will be available to assist faculty, staff and GTA’s in the effective use of technology.