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ACAC Minutes

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Note by ACAC Chair, Chuck Wigley: The following nonedited minutes for this meeting were kept by two separate individuals, viz., Ben Dunkle reported minutes for the first half of the meeting and Sue Margulis reported minutes for the second half of the meeting.

[Prof. Ben Dunkle recorded the following minutes for the first half of the meeting.]

Meeting began at 2:05
2:06–2:??Chuck intro’d PJ, who presented “Ralph Baer Center For Game Studies”
• Baer invented home video games, we have permission to use his name for center
• Michael Thomassen is PJs partner. Owner of largest collection of games in the world.
• College higher-ups appear excited about the idea
• Goals are to create a collaborative, academic game development environment, and feature a museum.
• Background: games are mainstream, major consumer segment devoted to gaming industry. Platforms are everywhere: Mobile devices, web, consoles (including the open source OUYA game console). Demographics are broadening and more inclusive than ever.
• “Gamification”: opportunities outside of traditional paradigms are growing. Games are done by independent developers (indie games), artists, “serious” gamers, and a wide range of non-entertainment industries.
• Elements of aesthetics, mechanics, story, and technology pertain to a wide range of academic departments at Canisius.
• Components: Museum, research center, education programs, student clubs/groups, and Buffalo Game Space community group.
• tasks: find space, define goals, build a budget, create a curriculum, seek funding, make games
• Ben left

[Dr. Sue Margulis recorded the following minutes for the second half of the meeting.]

ACAC meeting minutes (second half of meeting), 4 March 2014
Updates from ITS:

Scott reported that faculty who are scheduled to get a new computer for the 2015-16 year should have been notified. Any additional upgrades are the responsibility of departmental budgets. Upgrades and installations are usually done in the summer, but can be delayed to the fall of faculty are away.

Leah reminded all that the FaCTS Center Wiki (wiki.canisius.edu) has a lot of useful information, including a section on preparedness for academic continuity. This includes video tools and tutorials.

Mark noted that in addition to on-line resources, face-to-face workshops are still scheduled; details can be found on the portal. Mark pointed out two workshops of particular interest: on-line course development workshop, and workshops on Google Drive. He also mentioned tools for conducting exams entirely on line as part of the Google Drive option. This could be extremely useful to faculty.

Chuck thanked all ACAC members for their participation and involvement, and commended PJ Moskal for his innovative proposal that should attract students.

ACAC will have two meetings scheduled in April, so mark your calendars.