OCIO staff in Learning Technology, with initial input from personnel in several colleges and departments, have been developing a university-wide eLearning Inventory. When completed, this resource will be a searchable and sortable web site where people can find out what eLearning tools are in use at Ohio State. All units - campuses, colleges, departments, and other organizations - that provide eLearning tools for their instructional staff will be invited to contribute to and use this shared resource.
The inventory includes information identifying the tool (for instance, it lists "clickers" or "lecture capture"), the hosting college or department, under what terms it is available for use, and contact information. For tools where the data is available, more detailed information about usage can displayed. So far, some OCIO services are listed, along with entries from seven other units.
OCIO staff hope that by providing this information, administrators can see what eLearning tools are being used in other units. They can use this information to guide decisions about innovative teaching strategies, new course development, or how to provide training to faculty and staff to use available tools effectively.
While the eLearning Inventory has been demonstrated to several leadership groups, it is not yet publically available. OCIO staff are refining the database and developing an online form that will allow technology and instructional staff in colleges and departments to add and maintain information about the tools hosted in their units.
More information about this opportunity will be sent when work has been completed.