Technology Fee

Background Information on the Technology Fee

In 2007, the Florida Legislature amended Florida Statutes section 1009.24 to establish a “technology fee of up to 5 percent of the tuition per credit hour, beginning with the fall term of the 2009-2010 academic year. The revenue from this fee shall be used to enhance instructional technology resources for students and faculty. The technology fee shall not be included in any award under the Florida Bright Futures Program.”

The Provost appointed a committee to study the technology fee and to make recommendations on the amount and use of the fee. The Board of Trustees at its June 2009 meeting established the amount of the technology fee at UWF as the full 5% for undergraduate courses and an equal dollar amount for graduate courses beginning Fall 2009.

UWF Technology Fees will be used to fund two categories of projects: Systemic Projects and Instructional Technology Enhancement Projects (ITEPs).

Technology Fee Committee
Dave Dawson College of Professional Studies Faculty
Venise Evans Undergraduate Student
Marcus Graham Graduate Student
Andy Holdnak Emerald Coast
Britt McGowan Library Faculty
Richie Platt College of Business Faculty
Karen Valaitis College of Arts and Sciences Faculty
Vance Burgess Academic Technology Center Director
John Coffey IT PAC Chairperson
Matt Crow Graduate Council Chairperson
Mike Dieckmann Chief Information Officer
Joffery Gaymon Assistant VP, Enrollment Affairs

The committee is in the process of being updated.


Systemic Projects
Systemic Projects are projects proposed by operational units of the university (e.g., colleges, academic departments, Library, etc.) for instructional technology enhancements of unit-wide or university-wide scope. These projects are awarded by the Provost. Seventy percent (70%) of Technology Fee revenues are allocated for funding Systemic Projects.
2014 - Funded - Systemic Projects

•  Nursing Skills & Simulation Learning Center and Testing Center ($175,000)
•  Upgrading Software in the Art Classrooms to Adobe Creative Cloud ($20,247)
•  Promoting Academic Integrity, for Graduate and Advanced-level Scholarship via iThenticate ($22,000)
•  Books at JStor Program to acquire eBooks ($26,000)
•  Perpetual University-wide License to the Mango Languages Academic Product ($18,861)
•  Student Laptop Proposal ($29,200)
•  Student iPad Proposal ($23,599)
•  Improve Accessibility of Computer-Based and Online Exams (SDRC) ($13,334)
•  Expand Online Technology Training Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff ($33,222)
•  Classroom Technology Update in Building 72, Room 235 (HLES) ($32,573)
•  Smart Technology Upgrades for 2 Emerald Coast Classrooms ($63,065)

Also funded, and previously approved, was the continuation of the following 2013 Systemic Projects:

•  5-Year Life Cycle Model for Academic Classrooms ($320,000) [Year 2].
•  5-Year Life Cycle Model for Student Computer Labs ($300,000) [Year 2] .

2013 - Funded - Systemic Projects

•  eDesktop Enhancements ($45,000).
•  Purchase 30 Apple iPads for the UWF Libraries iPad Loan Program ($22,939).
•  Purchase 22 Laptops for the UWF Libraries Laptop Program ($28,900).
•  Upgrade Library’s Instructional Classroom ($125,000).
•  5-Year Life Cycle Model for Student Computer Labs ($280,000).
•  Student Disability Resource Center Technology Upgrades ($7,406).
•  5-Year Life Cycle Model for Academic Classrooms ($320,000).
•  Library’s Purchase of DSLR/HD Video Cameras for use by Students ($5,385).
•  Creation of a Computer Classroom/Testing Center in the College of Business ($178,510).
•  Creation of a Cyber Security Battle Lab ($22,500).
•  Military Veterans Resource Center Technology Enhancements ($13,050).

2012 - Funded - Systemic Projects

•  Library - Patron Driven Acquisition Project to acquire eBooks ($25,000).
•  Library - Purchase of Apple iPad2s for students to check out ($24,252).
•  Upgrade Instructional Technology in the Mainstage Theatre ($70,100).
•  Upgrade classrooms at the FWB Campus to eClassrooms ($144,000).
•  University Digital eClassroom Standard: The Model Classroom ($75,000).
•  Library - Microsoft Surface Interactive Table ($13,500).
•  Upgrade classrooms to eClassrooms ($502,584).

2011 - Funded - Systemic Projects

•  Purchase of 25 laptops for students to check out from the Pace Library ($32,076).
•  Purchase of 16 computer workstations for students to use in the Pace Library (36,497).
•  Upgrade Communication Arts television studio from analog to digital ($150,000).
•  Add 10 computer workstations to the School of Science and Engineering tutoring lab ($15,503).
•  Purchase 5 laptops, voice and speech recognition hardware and software to enhance
    the Student Disability Resource Center ($9,800).
•  Purchase of 9 laptops, 2 large monitors, and associated furniture and equipment for the
    Emerald Coast Learning Commons ($60,007).
•  Install a ArcGIS Server to enhance the web-based Geographics Information Science
    curriculum ($8,150).
•  Purchase of 10 laptops and 13 computer workstations for the newly established
    Military and Veterans Computer Center ($79,090).
•  Upgrade instructional technology in the Writing Lab to eClassroom standard ($38,600).
•  Upgrade 4* generally scheduled academic classrooms to eClassroom standard ($144,000).
    *Due to limited funds, only 4 of the requested 10 classroom upgrades are available for funding.

2010 - Funded - Systemic Projects

•  (Skylab) An Instructional Technology and Information Literacy Center:
    Multimedia Work Stations and Media Conversion Center in the UWF Library ($167,933).
•  Funding of plan for regular and consistent replacement of computers in
    existing computer labs ($153,703).
•  Purchase of Cambridge University Press eBook Collection 2007-2009 ($73,967).
•  Upgrade to eClassrooms ($216,000).
•  Extension of the current operating hours of the Commons to 24/7 ($47,536).

Instructional Technology Enhancement Projects (ITEPs)
Instructional Technology Enhancement Projects (ITEPs) are focused projects proposed by an individual or small team with the intention of exploring new applications of instructional technology. ITEPs will typically be lead by a faculty “principal investigator.” ITEPs are time-limited projects (up to two years in length) and allocations of Technology Fee funds to these projects are non-recurring. Thirty percent (30%) of Technology Fee revenues are allocated for awarding to ITEPs.
2013 - Funded - ITEPs

•  Virtual Office Hours with Smart Podium Interactive Pen Displays
    in Mathematics ($29,693)
•  Expansion of Digital Fabrication Tools for the Fine Art and Design Curriculum ($14,130)
•  Tele-Robotics in Distance Learning ($20,427)
•  Synchronous Course Delivery for Growth in Graduate Enrollment ($55,320)
•  Web-Based Management System for the Psychology Research Pool ($2,800)
•  Teaching Crystallography Using the Cambridge Structural Database ($4,100)
•  Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer System for use in
    Chemistry’s Core Curriculum ($65,302)
•  Further Development of ICL’s Technology-Focused Collaboration with Local Schools ($43,534)
•  Enhance Student Access through Distinctive Learning Experience and
    Mentoring Extended Research in Teaching ($85,606)
•  Update and Enhance Digital Media Server in Communication Arts ($39,990)
•  Emerge Into Teachers Who Make a Difference ($49,995)

2012 - Funded - ITEPs

•  Implementing “SCALE-UP” (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for
    Undergraduate Programs) in the Physics Department ($12,014).
•  Updating Communication Arts' Digital Video Editing Lab ($72,884).
•  Upgrade Instructional Technology in Biology Labs ($29,985).
•  Subscription to the electronic Human Relations Area Files (eHRAF) database ($3,590).
•  Developing Two Distance Learning Labs @ REEF/PNS ($56,688).
•  Creating “Knowledge Bars” in the new College of Business building ($27,197).
•  School of Education’s Introduction to Basic Instructional Robotics ($22,324).
•  School of Education’s Virtual Coaching Model ($19,440).
•  Expanding the Teacher Technology Resource Center ($27,851).
•  Improving the Current State of Instructional Technology in Teacher Preparation ($34,870).
•  (CORAL Center) Exploring Innovative Data Venues for Mixed Methods Research in
    the Social Sciences ($79,125).
•  Library’s purchase Web of Science Archive [1975-2012] ($31,444).

2011 - Funded - ITEPs

•  Create a functional Chemistry Computation Teaching Space in 58A-211 ($8,296)
•  Upgrade Instructional Technology in Botany Teaching Laboratory ($25,675)
•  Enhancement and Adaptation of the TellusPoint Platform for Undergraduate
    Education in the Humanities and Sciences ($33,780)
•  MeasureNet – Electronic Measurement Network and Data Collection
    System: Incorporation into General Chemistry Laboratories ($58,365)
•  Replace and Enhance the Electronic Field Cameras in Communication Arts ($27,955)
•  An Intelligent Learning Environment for Computer Science Foundations and Outreach
    Activities to support Student Engagement, Recruitment and Retention ($21,900)
•  Using Technology to Standardize Course Delivery Across Sections, Instructors,
    and Modalities in a Core Course in MIS ($9,164)
•  Technology Resource Center for Pre-Service Teachers (25,269)
•  Investment in technology for a Mobile Computer Laboratory and Enhancing
    Teaching and Learning in distance learning and online class instruction ($41,847)
•  21st Century Teacher Preparation, Using Technology to Promote Immediate
    Feedback in the Practicum Setting ($20,935)
•  Purchase of the Early English Books Online (EEBO) Database containing reproductions
    of more than 100,000 books/pamphlets published between 1473-1700 ($43,345)
•  Purchase of Readex’s digital historical collection: Early American
    Imprints, Series 1: Evans, 1639-1800 Collections Online ($24,156)
•  Develop a UWF-National Flight Academy Classroom ($50,000*)
    *Due to limited funds, this project was only partially funded.

2010 - Funded - ITEPs

•  Assessment of Clickers in the Classroom ($17,768).
•  Three-Dimensional Visualization with Electronic Gloves ($800).
•  Using Wikis to Enhance Student Engagement and Learning in Online
    Courses ($15,934).
•  Tandberg System in Building 70 ($19,092).
•  Student Engagement in Modeling, Simulation and Forecasting (63,300).
•  Interactive Distance Learning Labs for Teaching Digital Design ($43,050).
•  Purchase of Computers, and Software, for Art Department's Advanced
    Computer Labs ($78,493).
•  Purchase of a Computer Numerically Controlled Milling Device and software ($26,800).
•  Advertising Computer Lab Replacement ($24,940).
•  Tablet PC-based Case Study Analysis in Business Courses ($14,000).