Bush IT Core Group Meeting
Wednesday, September 27
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Location: LaFave House
Engin Sungur, Pam Solvie, Karen Cusey, Paul Myers, Brady Alsaker, Roger Boleman, Linda Pederson and Katherine Benson
The meeting began at 3:30 PM at the LaFave House. Copies of the agenda and Bush IT Core Group
Bush IT Core Group Minutes 9/13/06
Minutes dated 9/13/06 were distributed. Sungur asked for corrections and/or approval of the minutes. Members reviewed the minutes, and agreed to revise the travel funds paragraph to indicate Cusey's request for travel funds is for attendance of class sessions on Educational Innovations & Technology. Minutes unanimously approved as amended.
Sungur said there is approximately $1700 remaining in Bush Budget, year 2. Sungur said after discussion with individuals, that he would seek the committee's approval of funding.
External Review Visit
Robert Holloway, the outside evaluator for the Bush Grant will visit UMM on Tuesday, October 17. Sungur said he realized Holloway's visit is during fall break, but because he is traveling from Florida and visiting the other campuses, this was the only available date.
Sungur said Pederson is preparing the project profiles for each project, and will mail this to all project participants for completion. Members agreed the students and consulting group should also include information on the project profile before sending it to the project participants. Alsaker will complete the student portion of each project profile. Sungur said Holloway would send us a list of questions for the visit. A member commented that is unavailable to meet with Holloway, Sungur said the evaluator might contact them by phone later.
Members reviewed the proposed IccIT Meeting; Sungur noted the BreezeLive presentation would follow a format similar to last year, and said the proposed date is November 7. Sungur asked members for suggestions of projects to display/discuss during the event. One suggestion included a panel of three on the use of clickers. Members approved the November 7 date; Sungur will notify the other campuses of the date and ask for a presenter from each. Sungur discussed related publications and presentations related to the Bush Grant, and requested members to inform him of any changes to make the list complete.
A member asked about the Assessment/Evaluation survey that participants took at the Breeze Workshop; Alsaker thought Gades had it and agreed to locate it and send it to Sungur.
Consulting Group (Pam Solvie)
Solvie reported on her work on the Consulting Group. Solvie said the Consulting group, divided into teams of three for specific projects, met as a large group and individually. Solvie said e-mails that followed the Consulting Group meetings created valuable feedback and prompted questions. Concerns noted by Solvie included:
- More focus on project plans
- More discussion, what can we do to help?
- Much information gathered, how do we move ahead to the next step?
- Suggested students to sit in with Consultant/project meeting
- In the future, Solvie suggested a summary meeting with the Consultants and Project participants
Cusey informed the members about upcoming Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) Seminars this fall at UMTC, (noon - 1:30 PM) and suggested setting up a room at UMM to view the webcasts as a group.
- October 4 "Improving Learning With Technology-Enhanced Simulations
- November 1 "Improving Macromedia Breeze Learning Activities
- December 6 " Using Technology to Support Community and Collaboration
Other discussion included: 1) Croquet (new version) 2) Second Life 3) Flash
Roger noted there is no Flash Developer on campus, it is a resource issue, and this may be the reason it is not used as much.
Sungur suggests selecting Content Delivery before mailing the call for proposal; and base the selection of projects on content delivery.
Sungur will contact TEL Council, and ask for the presentation on the Croquet project.
The next scheduled meeting is October 11, 3:30-4:30 PM at the Faculty Center . Members are to bring ideas for SWOT analysis.
Meeting adjourned at 4:30 PM.