Technology Task Force Plans and Recommendations (ORCP)
Charged with assessing the technology needs of incoming and returning students and preparing for teaching, learning and working through a variety of technologies, the task force has developed the following plans and recommendations:
Bring Your Own Device and Options
Students starting or returning to North Carolina Central University for the Fall 2020 semester will be strongly encouraged to bring their own computers and other communication devices. NCCU will provide hardware and vendor recommendations and resources to students and will begin communicating this in June. Students unable to purchase a needed device will be provided options of loaners, rentals or using the computer labs on campus.
Messaging will be developed in coordination with Scholarships and Student Aid (SSA), Information Technology Service (ITS), and Student Orientation to ensure that students and parents understand the new recommendations. Information will be posted on the website, and SSA and ITS will be available throughout the summer to answer questions.
NCCU is undergoing several technology enhancements over the summer. Increased virtual desktops and applications to support students are planned. ITS is working with the Colleges and Schools to inventory other technology and software needs. The Division of Extended Studies also works with individual faculty in assessing the transition to online delivery of former face-to-face labs and other coursework and works with ITS to procure additional technology.
In addition to online and virtual technologies, ITS is working with the deans and faculty representatives to assess and inventory technology needs to augment a traditional classroom by adding streaming capabilities. In addition to the current technology, these additional enhancements bring a higher quality of interaction between the faculty and students in the classroom with those learning remotely.
Faculty Plans and Recommendations
The provost and deans will meet and make recommendations on a laptop-first requirement for faculty and researchers (where possible). The deans will review inventory in their colleges and schools and assess the faculty laptop needs. The deans and provost will develop a prioritization strategy for providing faculty (including adjuncts and part-time) with technology.
Staff Plans and Recommendations
The vice-chancellors (VCs) and division heads will meet and make recommendations on a laptop-first requirement for staff (where possible). The VCs and division heads will review the inventory for the areas and assess laptop needs.