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Technology Pilots

At UIC, we embrace the opportunity to advance our educational practices through technology. Our pilot process facilitates the evaluation and integration of new technological solutions within our academic framework, ensuring informed decisions and effective implementation.

Step 1: Purposeful Selection

  1. Strategic Alignment: Technologies considered for piloting align with our university’s educational goals and priorities.
  2. Stakeholder Input: Valuable insights from instructors, students, and staff guide the selection of technologies to be explored.

Step 2: Controlled Implementation

  1. Limited Deployment: The selected technology is introduced on a smaller scale, allowing for focused observation and data collection.
  2. User Training: Instructors and staff receive comprehensive training to ensure proficient utilization of the technology.
  3. User Engagement: Instructors and students actively participate, providing firsthand feedback on usability and functionality.

Step 3: Data Collection and Analysis

  1. Performance Metrics: Quantitative and qualitative data are gathered to assess the technology’s impact on teaching, learning, and administrative processes.
  2. User Feedback: Valuable insights are gathered from user feedback, shedding light on practical challenges and benefits.

Step 4: Evaluation and Decision

  1. Educational Impact: The collected data is rigorously analyzed to evaluate the technology’s alignment with pedagogical objectives.
  2. Feasibility Assessment: Consideration is given to the technology’s scalability, integration, security, and long-term sustainability.
  3. Informed Choice: An informed decision is made regarding the continuation, adaptation, or discontinuation of the technology.

Step 5: Reflection and Future Planning

  1. Lessons Learned: Insights gained from the pilot process contribute to refining future pilot initiatives and technology adoption.
  2. Continuous Improvement: Feedback from pilot participants informs adjustments to training, support, and implementation strategies.
  3. Strategic Integration: Successful pilot outcomes guide the integration of the technology into broader academic practices.

Step 6: Communication and Knowledge Sharing

  1. Campus Awareness: Outcomes and findings of the pilot are shared with the campus community to promote transparency and understanding.
  2. User Workshops: Workshops are conducted to showcase the technology’s benefits, usage, and integration possibilities to interested faculty and staff members.