by Susie Moffat, Acting Director, Technology Assessment and Planning
As part of its recent reorganization,
ITS has created a
new group called
ITS-Technology Assessment & Planning (ITS-TAP).
The Technology Assessment and Planning group provides ITS and the
University with a forward-looking vision, an incubator for assessing
new and emerging technologies, and the structure for developing a
technology roadmap to deliver on the promise of ITS and University
strategic directions. Will include a number of different documents.
TAP is involved in long-term assessment projects on technologies prior
to implementation and does not have primary support for production
applications. Will include state-of-the-art technology assessment
lab. Will coordinate assessment projects with other ITS and campus
units. In the process of forming working groups for hands-on assessment
of IT projects. Will begin prioritizing assessment needs. Identity
management is example of likely need in the area of solutions assessment.
TAP will be very future-oriented. Looking 2-5 years out.
Over time, expect to be
able to work with individual faculty members/departments. Will focus
first on central IT needs. Can't cover all computing areas (SIS, research,
instructional, admin, etc.) comprehensively, but not picking just
one or two.
Discussion. Role of FITAC
in TAP mission:
- Money will flow to technology
decisions made in part by this group. FITAC would like to stay apprised
- CTL, Institutional Research
and others can play valuable role in collaborative technology assessment
Item 2: Discussion.
Jim Porto. Report on the discussion at IT Directors meeting for the
new email policy and the status of the policy change.
Issue. How can FITAC accurately reflect faculty sentiments on IT issues?
Not all faculty agree with the new email policy change. Should we
have the capability to poll faculty about policy changes so that when
administrators seeks our advice we can more accurately tell them the
level of faculty support?
FITAC has expressed support
for the policy. IT directors also supportive, although there are a
few issues to work through. But is FITAC really representative of
- Could we use Faculty
Council mailing list to poll faculty?
- Institutional Research
is gatekeeper for surveys. What about informational email?
- Needs to be important
issue to go to the trouble of polling/involving faculty.
- FITAC needs to be truly
representative of faculty. Will require faculty attendance.
- Open FITAC meetings
for faculty? May need to do more to make faculty aware of FITAC.
- ITS advisory committee
structure will allow faculty to be more pro-active about upcoming
Item 3: Update. Megan
Bell. Advisory Committee structure for IT.
Megan Bell distributed
document on ITS Advisory Committees. Committees include the following:
- CIO Advisory Committee
- User Support and Communications
- Enterprise Applications
- Research Computing
- Security and Institutional
- Teaching, Learning and
- Financial Planning and
Jim Porto is on the CIO
Advisory Committee and is also attending the IT Directors meeting.
Will stand in for committees that do not yet have FITAC respresentation.
Item 4: Request. The
IT Directors committee is helping develop an IT information page for
We have been asked to help
identify faculty IT information needs, not only for orientation but
as a reference for all faculty. Listed below are some URLs identified
by Sherry Graham showing what other campuses are doing.
We probably need a small
working committee to look at this issue and give guidance to HR and
Item 5: Discussion.
Bob Henshaw has pointed out that FITAC will be well served to identify
an appropriate role in broader campus initiatives, How should FITAC
be included and at what stage?
Other projects that come
Faculty outreach efforts:
· Survey of faculty to determine the level of IT use currently
· Increase faculty knowledge of IT through programs to introduce
faculty to new technologies
Identify technological and pedagogical trends
· Work with TAP on instruction technology trends
· Assess what we know now on how people learn
· Forecast the pedagogy and IT infrastructure needs for the
next 20 years
Review Continuity of Operations Plans
· Work with IDT and ITS to make sure that the University has
adequate resources to continue educational and research operations
in the face of disasters or major events
IT Budget Support
· Propose a Competitive Grant process to disseminate new technology.
· Advocate for a faculty input into determining IT resource
IT's role in broader campus initiatives
· SACS accreditation
· Chancellor's academic excellence efforts
Other ideas? Please send
any ideas you have for FITAC projects to Jim Porto (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Item 5: Announcements.
Item 6: Future Agenda
1. Presentation on Accreditation
2. Results of Convocation on Scholarly Communication
3. 2005 Competitive grants proposal-Presentation by Bob Henshaw on
what other campuses are doing.
4. Calendar Function
5. Faculty Technology Tours
Next Meeting: Thursday,
January 27 at 11:30am in 214 Davis Library