Emerging Technologies and Pedagogy in the
California State University

AS-2248-95/AA - January 19-20, 1995

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University recognize and affirm the importance of faculty using and, where possible, teaching their students with and about proven as well as emerging technologies that may satisfy both the students' need for a thorough, contemporary education and their need for lifelong learning strategies; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU reaffirm the principle articulated in the Principles and Policies: Papers of the ASCSU (pp. 51-57), that the choice of teaching methodologies, including instructional technologies is the responsibility of the faculty.

RATIONALE: This resolution recognizes that currently there is little consensus regarding the role technology can or should play in teaching, irrespective of the field. This is particularly the case when technologies that dramatically alter the traditional teacher/student relationship are at issue. It also recognizes that ideological positions at the extremes––traditional teaching/learning methods are always essential and superior ("television will ruin education") versus technological teaching/learning methods foster greater access, are less expensive, and are more effective ("computers will revolutionize instruction")––pose an unproductive dichotomy. Proven and emerging technologies must be seen as potentially useful tools and our debate should center not on mandating or prohibiting their use, but rather on using the best teaching/learning strategies and media.

Further using technology is the responsibility of appropriate academic committees and individual faculty members.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY -- March 9-10, 1995

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