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Minutes of ACAC meeting

Nov. 6, 2013  2:00-3:00 pm

by R. Mark Meyer

Attachment: Possible “Game Design Concentration,” Dr. Moskal (click to open):

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Chuck Wigley called the meeting to order at 2:06 PM in the President’s Board Room.

 

1.  Approval of minutes

 

Djuth move to accept the minutes of the previous two meetings, and Coward seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

2.  Announcements by ITS

 

Siener gave a number of announcements about ITS activities.

 

1.   The desktop support group has moved out of Wehle to various places.  She will be in the FACTS center until library renovations are complete.  Joe Rizzo is in the library cataloging area.  The others are in Horan O’Donnell in the former Physics office suite.  All phone numbers are the same.  Wehle has been mothballed.

 

2.   Computer replacements were ordered, received and are now being distributed.  If you were scheduled to get a new computer, you will see it fairly soon.

 

3.   Update on D2L:  36 courses being run this fall on it as a pilot.  Next project, ITS will integrate D2L with Banner.  Everyone can log in to D2L right now and you’ll have a sandbox.  By the time summer school 2014 starts, Angel will be gone because the license runs out on May 31, 2014.  Now is the time to get all material out of Angel that you want.   If you want your course migrated, send a message to helpdesk@cansisiu.edu, giving the CRN, year and semester.  D2L does the migrations for us.  The first priority will be those who want to teach a Spring 2014 course.  Don’t expect it to be copied over the day before classes start.  When you do see your migrated course on D2L, check links and media files. Most files should come over okay but there are a few glitches, such as one with SoftChalk that D2L is trying to fix.  Siener said ITS is setting up initiatives to make sure everyone is trained on the new system through a series of continuously rotating 4-week workshops.  The same topic is run several times during a week.  In 4 weeks you could attend all workshops.  These are being repeated in November now.  You can sign up by going to http://surveys.canisisu.edu/workshops.aspx.

 

      There will be a D2L training bootcamp during January consisting of 1.5 to 2 days of intense setting up of courses.  ITS will also publish a countdown to the end of Angel.

 

4.   Digital Day this coming Spring will likely be replaced with a D2L day during which professors will share their experiences and success stories about using it.

 

5.   Groups in Angel.  Please consult with Siener about your needs.  ITS can make groups in D2L, especially if your group is mostly interactive.  If it is just a document repository, then you will be urged to use the portal for this.  Every school and department will have a folder on the portal.  But Siener would like to talk to everyone who currently has an Angel group.


Questions:  Will students learn about D2L? Siener said there is a lot of student documentation, especially videos.  If you feel uncomfortable about teaching D2L to your class, ITS could send someone to your class to introduce it.  Many who are using D2L report their students are much happier with it than Angel.

 

6.   Clark said he and Lisa Mastropaolo need software changes and orders by Nov. 22 because of the short vacation this year.

 

2.  Wigley introduced our surprise guest speaker today, Dr. Przemyslaw J. Moskal from COM/DMA.

 

He talked about a Game Design concentration that he has established two years ago, but is still not fully formalized.  It involves collaborations with Computer Science, principally Jeff McConnell and is highly interdisciplinary.  Dr. Moskal presented some PowerPoint slides which are attached to these minutes (see Attachment, supra).

 

A question from the floor was raised, namely any recommendations for people who want to develop mobile apps?  Dr. Moskal mentioned Game-a-sutra, an online game developers magazine.  He said the first question you need to ask is what kind of content is meant to be delivered?  There are web apps, phone apps, whole-body kinetic experiences and others.  He talked about the Korona SDK, which is nice but only a two-dimension game maker.  Another is Phonegap.  Joe Rizzo said Books 24×7, accessible via our library catalog, has a lot of full gaming textbooks online.  You could even use them in classrooms.  Books 24×7 is an often overlooked library resource.  Call Rizzo to help find it.

 

Dr. Moskal also talked about an open game platform for Android named Ouya.  It requires a $99 console and was made to promote independent games.  It is not as fancy as Xbox, but students can create their own games.  Chuck asked if people need to know programming to write them?  A lot of the current games are republishings.  One developer tool is the Unity game engine.  Some are drag and drop but there are limitations, but obviously you need to know some programming for more complex interactions, Dr. Moskal added.

 

3.   Wigley mentioned that the annual Christmas Party will be held in the President’s Board Room on Wed. Dec, 4, 2013.

 

4.   We adjourned at 3:00 PM.

      Respectfully submitted,

R. Mark Meyer