Education 09.01.15 Minutes

Attending:

Valerie Prater, Mike Kamowski, Anthony Marino, Kate Franck, Tim Sullivan, Michael Hites, John Fyfe, Alana Steffen, Michael Scott, Josh Naylor, Elizabeth Romero, Janette Maldonado, Heather O’Leary, Abbas Hyderi

  • Report on July Meeting between Education Committee & UIC Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities
    • Handoff
      • Overview of the Basic Principles subcommittee
      • Personal Computing Devices subcommittee has 2 proposals—one that will remain with ITGC Education, one that will continue with help from the Center for Excellence in Contemporary Teaching & Learning
      • Mobile learning proposal is on hiatus until budget is set, funding available
    • TLC Website
      • Website has launched
      • Center is working to find faculty working in these initiatives to post content
      • Discussion of disseminating website and creating awareness
    • Master Scholars
      • Announcement went out to find master scholars as part of new TLC program
      • In spring, teaching scholars will begin
      • Discussion on budget and selection of scholars
  • Subcommittee Updates
    • Basic Principles
      • Subcommittee will no longer be meeting
    • Personal Computing Devices
      • Continue on to monitor status of grant proposal
      • Update requested for ability of UIC to use iTunes U
      • Web Student Response System pilot is going with Poll Everywhere
      • At end of semester, Information Technology Lab will do evaluation of pilot
      • Discussion of other options for pilots, their effects on students
    • Instructional Technology Services and Support
      • Suggestion to test a beta submission form that has been set up in Qualtrics
  • Standing Report
    • Learning Management System Governance Board
      • Discussion of outstanding items
      • Two groups are confirmed to look at the state of Blackboard Learn at UIC
      • After, decisions will be made whether to keep supporting Blackboard Learn
      • Report will be ready for Education Committee by November meeting
  • New Business
    • FY16 Focus
      • Discussion of what projects/topics committee could look at this next year
      • Suggestion for training faculty on using iPads in the classroom
      • Discussion of other efforts for faculty training
      • Discussion on availability of TLC and available funding
    • Online Assessments
      • Discussion of online and blended learning in terms of student identity and integrity with online assessments
      • Discussion of concerns, looking into other available tools to address this
    • Role of Education Committee
      • Discussion on role of Education Committee: strategic vs. operational tasks
      • Suggestion to devote a meeting to discuss this topic
      • Suggestion to work on assessing services with Instructional Technologies
    • Updates
      • Most of the work for the subcommittee is nearly done
      • In data implementation stage, will see what value comes of it
      • Discussion of increasing number of students coming to UIC, how to keep up with supporting them with technology
      • Suggestion to interface with faculty senate on this issue