Information Technology Council
Minutes for the Meeting of April 2, 1998
Members present: D. Brown, L. Colaw, B. Dauffenbach, F. Durso,
C. Hudgin, B. Mason, L. Portwood, T. Ragan, W. Stolt, B. Swisher, D. Trytten
The technology recommendations from the State Regent's Citizens' Commission
on Higher Education were distributed and discussed briefly. Many
areas of the planning document reflect items identified as important.
The draft copyright policy was distributed and discussed. Technology
use for instruction raises questions regarding the "extensive use of university
resources" as applied to university copyright rights. There will
be needs for faculty to control the use of materials developed, and educated
about distribution rights and requirements. There should be an effort
to limit copyright distinctions that arise only from the medium being used.
The university should also join in efforts by research libraries to avoid
signing copyrights away to commerical publishers.
There should be coordination of efforts and resources across campus for
faculty and students. Students should be able to access resources
from anywhere on campus. There also needs to be some uniformity of
account logins. Faculty should have the same general availability
of classroom resources across campus. To succeed, there needs to
be a general buy-in from colleges and units and pressure from students
and faculty. In making recommendations for these sorts of unified
efforts, the ITC must be concrete, without being to specific regarding
hardware and software because of the pace of change.
The current costs of Labnet, an effort to provide unified services across
campus, is prohibitive for smaller colleges and units. Providing
central services will require some covering of these costs. Resources
must be supplied to problem areas where possible.
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