volume 40, number 2
Temple UniversityFaculty Herald

TLTR2: Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable      (Re-vitalized)
Robert Aiken, Professor of Computer and Information Sciences

Robert Aiken,
Professor of Computer and Information Sciences

As a publication of the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Herald strives to showcase and publicize the good work of Senate committees. This issue features the Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable (2), chaired by Robert Aiken.

TLTR2: Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable (Re-vitalized)


TLTR 2's mission is to motivate and enable faculty to improve teaching and learning with technology by:

• establishing a baseline of technology resources at Temple University to further the capabilities of faculty in providing a high quality teaching and learning environment
• empowering and promoting faculty members who are already making advanced use of technology
• assisting faculty who want to learn more about academic computing.
• making better known and leveraging the innovative and exciting pedagogical advances already underway

Background and Objectives

The Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable (TLTR) at Temple University has been re-constituted as “TLTR 2” by the Provost. This initiative is an outgrowth of the Technology Thread which was a part of the Academic Strategic Planning that resulted in the Compass Report. The first meeting was held in May 2009 with subsequent monthly meetings being held/scheduled during the 2009-10 Academic Year.

The previous TLTR, active during the 1990s, was one of the first of its kind in the nation. This first TLTR was instrumental in the development of technology planning for the Tuttleman Learning Center, the establishment of smart classroom standards at Temple, the widespread adoption of the Blackboard Course Management System, and the early institutionalization of the Temple University web site.

TLTR 2 plans to continue the outreach mission of the 1990's TLTR, but with a focus on collaborative and consumer-oriented technologies of this decade. Working with other units, such as the Teaching Learning Center (TLC) and the Instructional Support Centers (ISCs), we will encourage and make more visible faculty members who are already using technology for innovative teaching. We also plan to assist faculty who want to learn more about the wide range of possible new methods for teaching. A primary objective is to make better known and leverage the innovative and exciting pedagogical advances already underway – both at Temple and other institutions.


• Assess and evaluate the use of Temple's academic technology
• Create a TLTR 2 web site to share information among colleagues
• Develop strategies for future academic technology growth at Temple
• Promote new technologies to the Temple community
• Utilize available collaboration and communication tools to their greatest extent
• Explore how Temple can deal with the upcoming "consumerization of technology"
• Harness technology inspiration and leadership from faculty
• Engage faculty, students and staff in academic IT initiatives
• Establish technology partnerships with peer institutions and industry partners
• Leverage Temple's reputation as a technology leader in higher education

Progress to Date:

Technology Inventory Survey

The TLTR 2 (primarily David Schuff working with Pamela Barnett) has recently emailed a questionnaire to all faculty asking them (among other items) to let us know:

• what technology they are using in the classroom (and how);
• what technologies they would like to learn more about and
• what uses of technology they have found most powerful in teaching.

We are still receiving responses and will be summarizing and analyzing the results in the near future. (It’s not to late to respond so please do so if you haven’t already!)

On-Line Learning (OLL)

We have formed a subcommittee, chaired by Catherine Schifter, that is reviewing our current offerings in on-line (and blended) learning and exploring ways in which we might encourage additional faculty participation. This subcommittee has been reviewing data from previous surveys to determine what information would be most valuable for us to collect concerning Temple’s current/future offerings. We will also be examining possible barriers that our colleagues view as reasons for not developing such courses. Using this information we plan to make recommendations how Temple can encourage the design and implementation of on-line programs as well as develop substantially more on-line courses.


Steven Bell and Dominique Kliger are spearheading an effort to examine the world of e-textbooks (and the broader spectrum of a Curriculum Resource Strategy) and the role that the University might take in such an endeavor. A subcommittee has been formed that is examining current practices at several Universities with the goal of making some recommendations to the TLTR 2 as to the best way(s) to formulate guidelines regarding this topic.

Best Practices

Sheri Stahler has been investigating how other Universities and researchers are defining “Best Practices” with respect to using Technology for Teaching and Learning. We also plan on identifying some examples of innovative ways in which our colleagues are already using newer technologies to teach as well as discussing how the TLTR 2 might best make this information available to our colleagues.

Knowledge Base

Over the last year, Computer Services has developed the Knowledge Base, a university community managed wiki with general information in the form of frequently asked questions about Temple’s resources. For example, one might ask “How do I change my password?” or “Where is the Travel Authorization Form?” or “How do I do my Monthly Finance Report in Self-Service Banner?” The Knowledge Base currently holds over 1100 questions and responses from 80 individual university departments.

We hope this brief overview provides you with a better understanding of who we are and what we hope to accomplish. We look forward to sharing our thoughts, vision and information with you in future articles in The Herald. If you have any questions or would like further information please feel to contact me.

Current Members of the Committee

Robert Aiken, Computer & Information Sciences, Chair
Jean-Julien Aucouturier, Computer & Information Sciences, Temple Japan
Pamela Barnett, Teaching and Learning Center
Steven Bell, Samuel L. Paley Library
Sherri Hope Culver, Broadcasting, Telecommunications & Mass Media
Robert Gallagher, School of Podiatric Medicine
Dominique Kliger, Distance Learning Program
Diane Maleson, Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs
Jeremy Mennis, Geography and Urban Studies
Tim O'Rourke, Computer Services
Beth Pfeiffer, Occupational Therapy
Catherine Schifter, Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in Education (CITE)
David Schuff, Management Information Systems
Joel Sheffield, Biology
John Sorrentino, Economics
Sheri Stahler, Computer Services
Bill Woodward, Beasley School of Law
Steuart Wright, Student Representative