Information Technology Council
Minutes for the Meeting of December 1, 1997
Members present: B. Dauffenbach, B. Mason, L. Portwood, M.
Sherbon, W. Stolt
Guest: J. Pappas
The council discussed issues relating to distance education and
technology at the University of Oklahoma with Dr. Pappas, Dean of CCE.
Important points and issues that were brought forward in this discussion
There are an increasing number of sources for distance education across
the country, including full degree programs. Although our core efforts
as a residential undergraduate university may not be strongly affected
by this, there will be increased competition. The university should
be involved in new modes of eduction, both to enhance the traditional student
experience and to compete in new modes of education. There are good
opportunities in currently strong areas of the university. Efforts
should focus on these niche markets of excellence. This will help
the university by expanding its market, continuing to serve its alumni,
and increasing its national and international exposure.
The technology for distance education varies widely, but in all cases faculty
need training in effective use. There is too much emphasis on synchronous
teaching models. Currently there is little centralized planning and
management for training and support. Due to budget requirements,
CCE is limited to funded projects. DCTS has more expertise in technology
than pedagogy, but also has the largest sources of funding (E&G and
student fees). Some training efforts on the college level have been
started but coordination of efforts is needed. Cooperation between
colleges and units can be problematic.
Several developments are envisioned that can increase technology and distance
education use at OU. Faculty incentives, such a release time, grant
programs, and increased funding to units are necessary. University,
college, and unit training and development efforts need to be supported,
perhaps through a central pool for technology services. Possibilities
for cost sharing should be explored.
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