What's an Academic Technology Tactical Plan?
It is easy to argue that technology has infiltrated
the educational enterprise; however, to create a unified vision and harness
energy to develop the best ways to use technology in teaching and learning
can be daunting. But that is what an Academic Technology Tactical Plan
(ATTP) sets out to do.
An ATTP operates within the framework of a larger strategic
technology plan, but focuses primarily on the development and implementation
of curricula, courses, and teaching methods that incorporate sophisticated
technology. The creation of an ATTP involves faculty and academic leaders
at the highest level and brings them together with IT staff as a planning
Through a collaborative effort, the ATTP identifies:
- High priority tactical objectives - A limited number of objectives
should surface that the planning group agrees are centrally important
and that can be accomplished in a reasonable time frame.
- Implementation projects - These are a set of actions that have practical
implications and advance the high priority objectives. They are, in
- Owners - Each tactical objective needs an owner or in effect, a project
manager. This person shepherds the projects toward completion.
- Funding sources - To ensure that a tactical objective and the projects
that flow from it are feasible, the planning groups must determine a
bottom line and a source of money.
- Dependencies - For a tactical objective to be accomplished, are there
any steps that must be taken first, that is, are there "dependencies"?
By identifying dependencies the planning group can avoid false starts
and dead ends."