Methodology

In arriving at these preliminary conclusions, the group informally gathered information from faculty members in all undergraduate departments and units in the Faculty of Arts well as a selection of colleagues from other faculties, ultimately gaining the input of dozens of colleagues. Faculty members were asked to explain their current e-learning practices, their needs and desires regarding e-learning, any impediments that limited their ability to utilize e-learning in their classes, the means by which the Faculty should support e-learning, and the priorities the Faculty should set for e-learning. Similar questions were posed to colleagues from a number of universities throughout Canada. Information was also gathered by our group’s “outside experts” from Library Services and the Teaching and Learning Centre, which assisted in determining the resources currently available. A representative from the Students’ Union was invited to join the group, so that the needs and experiences of students could be understood. Each member of the working group also self-informed about available e-learning technologies and gained knowledge via a number of links posted to Blackboard by group members. Members of the working group posted brief reports of their findings on Blackboard, and several meetings were held between March and September 2013 to discuss these findings and determine the recommendations and priorities that comprise this report.