The Office of Information Technology is dedicated to serving the university through innovation, providing a flexible and powerful set of technologies to support teaching and learning, as well as all aspects of university business.
To do this, we partner with faculty, staff and students to understand their technology needs. That outreach happens in a variety of ways, including through groups like the The Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable (TLTR) and events like the Student Academic Support Services Technology Summit. We use this collaboration to improve the campus experience by selecting the most relevant and useful technology, integrating it with our existing digital ecosystem, and helping our community develop and improve understanding of these tools. In this way, our mission is threefold:
As exciting as new tools can be, we also understand how important it is for things to “just work” and each of our teams spends considerable time and effort — whether focused on helping with online course design or maintaining a lightning-fast wireless network — ensuring everything does.
The university of the future isn't tied to a single location, or to any one experience. Technology can help expand the learning experience beyond the classroom and across the globe. To that end, we continue to build a comprehensive, flexible digital ecosystem, composed of tools that, when integrated, extend teaching opportunities for faculty and empower students with real-world skills. To date, we have implemented tools like:
When combined with resources like our Global Digital Classrooms, the technology of the Digital Ecosystem not only flips the classroom, but quite often transports it. We consider the ecosystem to be a continuously evolving suite of tools, and, with collaboration from students, faculty and staff, we'll continue to experiment with and champion software, like e-portfolios, and hardware, like telepresence robots, that heighten our campus technology experience.
The bedrock of any ecosystem, and of any university, is its email and calendaring system. To provide the stablest foundation possible, we are laying the groundwork for St. Edward's as a Google school. By adding Gmail and the rest of Google's suite of apps to our ecosystem, the university ensures these crucial functions will always be reliable and secure, and adopts technology that 92 percent of incoming freshmen already use, according to our most recent Freshman Technology Survey. We aim to have this migration complete by the start of the Fall 2017 semester.
In 2015, we completed the implementation of the Banner by Ellucian ERP system, which underlies all of our university technology and data resources. In simpler terms, Banner is the engine that drives university business, from admitting students to managing class registration to handling payroll and finances. Now, two years later, we are preparing for a major overhaul of this system that makes it, across the board, easier to use and mobile-friendly.