University IT officials can preach every semester about the growing importance of instructional technology, but the message may ring hollow coming from technology officers who have never taught a college course.

That's why Barbara Draude's sermonizing on campus computing hits a different note with faculty at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where Draude teaches an online nursing class despite her critical role in IT.

Draude, assistant vice president of academic and instructional technologies at MTSU since 2007, said having to rely on instructional technology--such as course content sharing on class web sites--brings valuable perspective to her job as technology trainer for fellow


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