Connection to System Initiatives

Strategic Technology Plan

A product of the system’s Technology Transformation Task Force, the Strategic Technology Plan identifies teaching, learning and student services technologies and openly shared and accessible digital learning resources as critical to students in terms of access and success..

The plan contains several strategies and actions that have directed the work of the SBCTC eLearning/Open Education Team:

  • Strategy I: Create a single, system-wide suite of online teaching and learning tools that provides all Washington students with easy access to “anywhere, anytime” learning.
    • Action 1: eLearning. Assembly of a system-wide suite of online teaching and learning tools, support services, and professional development opportunities to accommodate eLearning in all college classes.
    • Action 2: Free Textbooks. Wherever possible, eliminate published textbooks in favor of free, open, online materials, such as the Open Course Library project.
    • Action 5: Online Tutoring. Collaborate with other regional higher education institutions to directly manage the Western eTutoring Consortium, a multi-state system for online tutoring.
    • Action 6: Technology Proficiency. Create an assessment that measures students’ proficiency in using online technology. Create easy-to-use tutorials and provide personal support to bring those unfamiliar with the online environment up to speed.
    • Action 8: Universal Design. Ensure that all online, hybrid and enhanced courses and college websites are fully accessible to students with disabilities. Provide faculty and staff professional development on universal design best practices.
  • Strategy III: Create a system of lifelong learning and change management for faculty, staff and college leadership.
    • Action 1: Professional Development. Strengthen and expand professional-development programs and create the expectation that all faculty, staff and college leaders will continue to learn, collaborate, share knowledge and resources, and work together to make the best use of new technologies to improve student learning.
    • Action 4: Course Redesign. Develop faculty capacity to continually improve the quality of online courses through collaborative, iterative design. Develop a peer review methodology for evaluating and redesigning existing and new online courses.
  • Strategy V: Treat information technology as a centrally funded, baseline service in the system budget.

Mission Study Plan

In September 2008, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges commissioned a task force of Board members, trustees, presidents, faculty and SBCTC staff to undertake a Mission Studypdf to gain a better understanding of where Washington’s community and technical college system is today and where it needs to be in the future.

The plan contains several strategies and actions that direct the SBCTC eLearning Team:

  • Increase capacity - eLearning has recently been the fastest-growing mode of instruction in our system.
  • Develop faculty - Technology-driven changes in the way students learn are requiring faculty to develop new skills and become guides who help students integrate knowledge across disciplines
  • Build a 21st century learning infrastructure - The community and technical college system will expand online learning and other technology-based services to reduce the capital and maintenance costs of additional buildings and classrooms
  • Promote adoption - of open educational resources, web-based and mobile technology tools for eLearning and online student services

HECB System Design Plan

The Strategic Master Plan for Higher Education in Washington, approved by the Legislature in 2008, calls for increasing degree production in Washington by 40 percent by the end of the next decade. To accomplish this, a system design plan is needed to guide the development of the Washington higher-education system strategically.

Washington‘s community and technical colleges continue to grow eLearning at all levels, expanding access for place-bound, hard-to-reach, and working adults. Improvements in eLearning technology, course design and teaching practices affect not only direct instruction to students, but also related student services, such as online advising, etutoring and registration services that are so necessary to student success.

Washington will continue to invest in online and hybrid instructional delivery to transform higher education so that it is better positioned to meet changing technological, cultural and economic forces, improve the efficiency and quality of higher education, and provide greater access for all students, particularly those place-bound and geographically isolated


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