Information Technology Council
Minutes for the Meeting of March 5, 1998
Members present: D. Brown, F. Durso, B. Mason, L. Portwood,
M. Sherbon, D. Trytten
At this meeting, issues relating to campus technology planning were
presented and discussed.
Research Issues (Bruce Mason) - The recommendations of the research committee
were that money spent to support research computing should support programs
with a large impact on theUniversity's prestige. Most, but not all
funding (perhaps 60/40) should help support large scale efforts.
The second priority should be for support of advanced software applications
and training. Members of the council were concerned that new faculty
be supported and that all researchers are helped to improve technology
Infrastructure Issues (Frank Durso and Marco Sherbon) - There were
several recommendations from the group investigating infrastructure issues.
For classroom technology, it was suggested that all centrally scheduled
classrooms have the technology to connect to the network and display computer-generated
graphics presentations. This might cost $1.2 million. Replacement
purchases of "old" technology should be reduced, although members of the
council were concerned that all presentation technology can be appropriate.
It is also important that technology needs are an important component of
classroom scheduling. The library was singled out as the most important
need because of its impact on all aspects of campus. Electronic delivery
of material must be pursued aggressively. Hardware could be better
delivered to faculty through hardware grants rather than cash grants.
Delivering a few, well defined hardware packages to faculty will have a
positive impact on purchase price and maintenance. Finally, access
from off campus is terrible and needs to be improved.
Training and Support (Lisa Portwood) - Support for educational technology
should focus on instructional design aid for faculty, perhaps in conjunction
with the Instructional Design Program. Many faculty will not change
courses without incentives and support. Simple templates should be
designed for simple web additions to classes. Software support should
be through short tutorials, peer training, and web instruction. Student
training should be through Gateway classes and short courses. CCE's
resources need to be better incorporated into campus-wide support.
Incentives (Deborah Trytten and Dale Brown) - There are few current institutional
incentives to encourage technology use. Tenure, promotion, and evaluations
don't routinely take these efforts into account. Staff incentives
for additional training are often reduced to time off to attend classes.
On demand technical help might encourage use.
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