1. Introduction and Approval of Minutes
At 2:03 P.M. Chuck Wigley convened the meeting in the President’s Board Room. Marianne Djuth moved to accept the minutes of May 4, 2011; various people seconded and the minutes were approved unanimously. All ACAC minutes and related materials are available through http://www.canisiuscampus.net/acac/.
We went around the room, introducing ourselves and mentioning which educational software we use, are interested in, wish to acquire to wish to learn more about. Some of the responses were the following:
wikis, WordPress, Rosetta Stone, electronic textbooks, homework managers, clicker software, iPad software, Camtasia, Google office suite and Google docs, Cloud storage and cloud computing, cloud-based products for teachers LMS, PowerPoint, Linux
2. ITS and LIS Long-Range Planning
Joel Cohen discussed the ITS/LIS (Information Technology Services/Library Information Services) long-range plans that been issued every five years since 1983. He also reviewed the college’s new overarching strategic plan and pointed out areas for which he is responsible and where there is significant overlap with ITS/LIS. For example, one of the goals was to use state of the art technology to enhance student experience, which directly impacts technology delivery coming from ITS.
Cohen passed around a thick notebook with all the plans and reviewed a number with us online, detailing the many successes where those plans have been fully implemented. The next one is due out in 2012 and Cohen solicited volunteers from this group to serve or assist in making this plan. The committee will meet every two weeks for about an hour. Lorgnier suggested that Cohen coordinate with the Presidential Task Force for online education. Siener mentioned that we could solicit other members of our department to serve, even if we cannot.
Cohen gave a brief report on the many changes that have been recently implemented such as adding cell phone retransmitters in the tunnels so students can use their cell phones while walking between buildings.
Hot topics will include delivery systems for courses and programs, especially online programs. Also mentioned was the infrastructure in Science Hall, the Library Learning Commons, the new college website and portal, and more tools available for students.
3. ITS Announcements
Siener mentioned a number of recent changes and activity:
- There was a change of printers and copiers over the summer. If there are any troubles, contact ITS.
- Residence Hall networking (both wired and wireless) was outsourced to Apogee. Wireless was greatly enhanced in the library using wireless equipment from residence hall; we went from 10 to 60 wireless access points in Bouwhuis Library and a few other common areas.
- There were updates in technology classrooms and new classrooms came online. Every classroom was updated to MS Office 2010. ITS will update faculty and staff computers if desired. Just phone to schedule an appointment. The current Mac version is Office 2011, the PC version is Office 2010. SPSS was upgraded to version 19. If you have 15 you are out of luck, but version 17 will still work. Contact ITS to upgrade
- A new section of the online course development workshop will run this fall, starting at the end of October. Talk to Leah MacVie if interested. There are over 100 graduates so far!
- If you teach in a technology classroom, you can get to the new web portal via my.canisius.edu. It is a role-based portal so the experience will be different depending on status (faculty, student, staff) The Faculty / staff portal is still being developed, so what you see is not final. We hope to finalize it in Nov. Let ITS know if you have ideas.
- We are getting closer to an Angel replacement. The two current contenders are Moodle and Desire to Learn. There will be 3 upcoming meetings to which everyone is invited. OM 115 Oct. 6 at 1pm in OM-115, Oct. 14 at 12:30 pm in OM-119. Then a written proposal will be circulated and a final meeting held on November 4. All are welcome.
- The Course Evaluation Task Force is very close to a final selection. There were originally 6 products but now 2 finalists.
For the future, she mentioned several items:
- Digital Day will be March 2, 2012. There will be two speakers, including a specialist from Google who does Google apps for education. RFP for Digital Day presentations and displays will go out next week.
- Distant future: Since we will be moving into Science Hall next fall, those in charge of the OS builds will need to have computers placed in there early next summer so software needs will be extra early this year. Sometime in April 2012 will be the deadline.
Leah MacVie made a plug for Camtasia, which is screen capture and video/audio recording software. Think of it as Jing on steroids, she said. A number of others in the room attested to Camtasia’s excellence and ease of use. If we can get 25 buys to pitch in $113 each, Canisius can buy it in a bundle at that discounted price. Normally it is around $170 for academic use. Contact MacVie if interested.
Scott Clark announced that aggressive academic pricing on Apple hardware and software is being made to entice students and faculty to buy Macs. There are software vendors who are teaming up on this. For more information, visit www.canisius.edu/newcomputer.
Clark also announced that he and Joe Rizzo are planning to start an iPad user’s group to meet on the second Friday of every month to discuss concerns, issues or other topics. There are currently at least 75 iPad users on campus, Clark said, that he knew about. The location will be announced.
Matt Gracie noted that October is Cybersecurity month. He has obtained accounts for us on a website called “Securing the Human” which has a number of short videos, with short assessments afterwards. For those who complete all the assessments, there will be a drawing for a Tim Horton’s gift card.
4. Topics for ACAC
Wigley noted that ACAC does not have a good information flow currently and he suggested a change in meeting format to address this. The first ten minutes of each meeting will be reserved for faculty input and will be totally unscripted. Currently, leftover minutes at the end are where items from the floor are discussed, or not if we run long. After the first ten minutes, the next ten minutes will be reserved for software presentations that people want to share with their colleagues. We voted overwhelmingly in favor of changing to this format.
Wigley also talked about the themes for this year’s ACAC. Last year was security, and while we can’t ever neglect security entirely, he wanted to move on to teaching software and mobile apps, since there is growing interest and use of this type of material.
5. Items from the floor
There was no discussion from the floor today.
Wigley briefly recapped some themes that might be investigated next year.
We adjourned at 3:00.