Over at ProfHacker, Ryan Cordell asks a very interesting set of questions: “Does your institutional culture lend itself to certain technologies?” Or, does your institutional culture argue against certain innovations? How should a college’s technological decisions be shaped by local or institutional factors?
These are very important questions. At my institution–an almost entirely residential, Christian, liberal arts college–we have been having a lot of discussions lately about how to engage more fully with social media, technology in the classroom, online courses, etc…. But we don’t talk enough about how our adoption of technology meshes with our mission as a school that values community, face-to-face engagement, and a commitment to the liberal arts as a means of promoting human flourishing.