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Instructional Technology

A few principles guide our approach to supporting any instructional technology:

  1. Technology is a tool to serve teaching and learning, not vice-versa.
  2. There is an inherent conflict in the pace of change between teaching and technology.
  3. Reflection on changing (or keeping) current practice may be technology’s biggest benefit.
  4. Technology should help solve a pedagogical problem or create a new learning opportunity.
  5. Solutions and approaches should engage students to take responsibility for learning.
  6. We try to help identify, support, evaluate and promote effective practices and practitioners.
  7. We try to connect peers and colleagues who will likely learn best from each other.

The following has influenced our own development as instructional technology support professionals:

Trinkle, Dennis A. (2005). “The 361°Model for Transforming Teaching and Learning with Technology” Educause Quarterly.


John Fritz
Asst. VP, Instructional Technology & New Media
UMBC Division of Information Technology
410.455.6596 | fritz@umbc.edu | doit.umbc.edu/itnm