Bush IT Core Group Meeting
September 29, 2005
Location: Faculty Center
Engin Sungur, Molly Kloek, Pam Solvie, Paul Myers, Katherine Benson, Pam Gadesand Roger Boleman.
The meeting began at 4:00 PM.
First item of discussion was the Bush Assessment Visit scheduled for Nov. 6-8. Sungur said the visit would consist of brief interviews with the project participants, IT Core Group, and IT Consulting group; and we will need to decide how to arrange scheduling of the interviews.
University Senate IT Committee meeting at UMM on November 1. The University IT Committee, (consisting of 16-20 members) was invited by Andy Lopez to hold their regular meeting at UMM. Computing Services, the Faculty Center , and the Bush Grant would like to combine the Senate IT meeting with a presentation (Breeze Live event) that would be the first in a series of four to five "Conversations on Teaching with Technology." Members discussed the timeline for the presentation. It was suggested that three or four Bush IT Project participants be invited to display/discuss their projects during this event. Members discussed whether the IT Core Group should target outstanding projects for presentation, with representation from the other campus participants. The University and Cougar rooms have been reserved for this event, all four campuses can be connected via Breeze Live. Other topics of discussion regarding this event:
- Wireless Internet will be available for the event.
- Three presentations would allow more time for input
- Look at proposals; see how proposals match with another campuses, discuss how they proceeded with projects, etc.
- Collaboration with other campuses, compare and contrast projects
- Bush IT project participants, Bush IT Core Group, and Bush IT Consulting Group members will be invited to attend
- Sungur will suggest that the Bush Assessment visit be scheduled for November 1 instead of November 6-8; he will contact them for their availability.
Sungur said a proposal has been submitted to retain the Innovative Teaching with Technology office (Science 3625) during the academic year (joint effort with the Computing Services and Bush Grant). Sungur said that two computers (Windows and Macintosh) will be available; Gades and student assistance may also be available if the proposal is accepted.
Sungur said Linda Jorn, Carol Carrier, and Billie Wahlstrom have requested access to the TEL Website for external review of the projects.
- Sungur said Michelle Page has requested travel funds to attend a conference on Diversity, the committee discussed if this relates to the purpose of our grant. Sungur will check with Rita (Grants Office) if this request can be supported by the grant.
- Pam Solvie and Molly Kloek have submitted a proposal to travel to 'SITE 2006' in March to present their project.
Focus for Grant 2005-06
The committee agreed the focus for the next year of the grant should be assessment and evaluation. Discussion followed.
- Need for assessment and evaluation. Data is being collected, need help on how to review the data to be sure project is successful
- Effective ways to test their knowledge, ways to collect data for upcoming projects.
- Benson will forward 'Nine Principles of Assessment' to committee members, this information can also be put on our SharePoint site.
- Gades will meet with anyone who wants a refresher for Sharepoint.
Timeline for Proposals
Members discussed the timeline for the proposals, agreeing to follow the same as last year. The call for proposals will be sent out during the winter break. Deadline for proposals will be the first or second week of spring semester. It was agreed that the projects should be more detailed, and a meeting should be scheduled with each faculty member submitting a proposal before selecting the grant recipients. It was also suggested the project participants should justify what the funds will be used for, and that the Consulting Group is available for advice and guidance of projects. One member asked if a faculty member could reapply to complete their project from last year. The committee agreed that they would need feedback on their projects if they wanted to reapply. A copy of the student evaluation of the Bush IT projects was distributed to each committee member for review.
The Bush IT Core group meetings will be scheduled for two-week intervals, date and time to be determined. Next meeting's agenda will include detailed planning of the November 1 event and metrics for assessment.
Meeting adjourned at 4:56 PM.