Education 11.07.18 Minutes

Attending:

Michael Scott; Cathleen Bimmerle; Anthony Marino; Elizabeth Romero; Alex Phistry; Martina Bode; Clare Ardizzone; Tim Sullivan; Alana Steffen; Judith De Jong; John Fyfe; Kim Rivas; Nathan Phillips; Anne Armstrong; Marieke Schoen; Re-Jin Jennifer Guo; Jon Art; Kee Chan

  • Subcommittee Reports
    • LMS Governance Board
      • Noted that the main Blackboard contract is being renewed and it still includes Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Mobile, Blackboard Collaborate, and the other standard Blackboard features
      • It was mentioned that the LMS Governance Board started the evaluation of the LMS last year which included an analysis of the LMS use from the tool perspective of the system
      • Suggested that the next step is to evaluate the system
      • Also suggested that the LMS Governance Board wants a clear direction from the campus on LMS
      • Suggested that the LMS Governance Board is pilot testing Blackboard Ultra
      • A brief background on Ultra was given
      • Mentioned that the interface will change and look different, but courses will stay the same
      • Suggested that the LMS Governance Board is preparing documentation for any users who wish to take part in this pilot so they are aware of the changes in Ultra
      • Also suggested that, if the pilot goes well, the Blackboard system will be down for approximately five days in May during ACCC’s maintenance window to move to this new environment
      • Noted that Blackboard is currently being manage hosted by servers in Virginia, and UIC plans to move all their data to the cloud
      • Suggested that the new, three-year Blackboard contract will begin in February
      • Anyone with LMS recommendations were invited to attend LMS Governance Board meetings
    • TLC
      • A meeting with the Provost was mentioned
      • It was suggested that the Provost explained the vision behind renaming the TLC and that the name is still up for discussion
      • Mentioned that it was advised that the Center be mainly focused on teaching rather than learning
      • Also mentioned that the subcommittee was asked to do a review of the Center to ensure it was being used for faculty development
      • Suggested that a timeline was agreed upon and the review of the candidates for the Director of the Center should be complete to start interviews in January
      • Discussion on the goal of the Center
    • Instructional Technology Services and Support
      • Suggested that this subcommittee is still on hold and an update will be given at the December meeting
    • Mechanisms for Gathering Information
      • Suggested that this subcommittee is still on hold and an update will be given at the December meeting
  • Old Business
    • Need for Chair Elect
      • Suggested that there is still a need for a Chair Elect
      • A nomination was made, but there was discussion on whether the Education Committee Chair should be a faculty or staff member
      • It was suggested to hold a formal nomination at the December meeting
      • Minor discussion on potentially nominating a Chair Elect from outside the Education Committee
  • New Business
    • Logistics
      • Discussion on reverting back to the previous meeting time and it was decided that this committee will meet at their original times starting in January 2019
  • Discussion Items / Presentations
    • Education Technology Tools
      • It was suggested that the Office of Diversity is putting together an inclusive teaching module about universal design for learning and assistive technologies
      • It was clarified that the question is whether the university already has these tools available and if faculty would be interested in a module that would integrate these tools and demonstrate how to use them
      • Discussion on Universal Design principles and how they are being used at the university
      • Discussion on the tools that are available, universal design standards, different accessibility issues had by different colleges, and more
    • EXACT
      • An online internship tracking system called EXACT which houses documentation was mentioned
      • Noted that SPH and Nursing have been using this system
    • Online Grading Platforms
      • Noted that LAS and Engineering use online grading platforms that have contracts which will expire in May
      • It was asked if there was a way to renew these contracts at a larger, campus-level