Jim Porto (Chair)
Item 1: Presentation. Charles Green, Ph.D. A discussion of new learning technologies that Charles' group, OASIS Academic Technologies, is exploring: SoftwareSecure Exam, e-Instruction, VitalBook.
Part of OASIS group mission to take advantage of CCI infrastructure in instructional and research.
Vital Source Vital Book
Software Secure Exam
Are we taking advantage
of potential synergies among academic units on campus? May need to
take information sessions to schools and departments. CIT is hosting
an interdisciplinary group looking at instructional applications and
common needs across units.
Item 2: Update. Kathy Thomas (CIT). The UNC System Teaching and Learning with Technology Collaborative was contacted by SAS to ask our help in organizing faculty roundtables. The TLTC thinks this is a good opportunity for us to learn more about how our faculty are teaching with technology as well as help SAS understand how they can better serve UNC campuses. The TLTC is asking for help in identifying faculty in business, sciences, educational administration, public policy, and engineering who would be interested in attending a roundtable. More information below. Please contact Kathy Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
Purpose of Event: The goal of the SAS Faculty Roundtable
is to provide an opportunity for faculty within the UNC System to
participate in open dialog related to teaching and research using
technology. SAS' purpose for hosting this event is to learn how we
can better serve those campuses in our state by providing software
that best suits the needs of faculty and students. By offering a platform
for open and frank discussion we hope to learn more about how universities
in our home state are constructing their courses; whether it be lecturers,
case studies and/or real world applications. We welcome the opportunity
to learn first hand what are some of the successes and challenges
you face teaching in the 21st century. Please note: You do not have
to be a SAS user to participate in these discussions. We welcome all
faculty, SAS users and non-SAS uses alike. We also welcome those faculty
who aren't currently teaching with some form of technology but would
like to learn more about opportunities to do so.
Item 3: Presentation: Bob Henshaw (CIT). What other Universities are doing with small grant IT programs?
Most peer institutions are sponsoring some type of competitive instructional improvement grants program. Some are making major investments in instructional innovation. At institutions where support is strongest, the Chief Academic Officer is usually championing the cause. Some have specific technology components, others do not. Competitive grants programs are useful for teasing out innovative ideas across disciplines, especially at a decentralized institution like UNC-Chapel Hill. Competitive funding for instructional improvement at UNC is currently limited to the First Year Seminar and Honor's Programs.
What are the pros/cons of open competitive grants programs vs. earmarked funding?
Is the focus on technology a distraction from the underlying goal to improve learning?
What does the University's
focus on small class size mean for larger classes and instructional
technology use? Small class size alone doesn't say much about how
the courses are actually being taught.
Item 4: (Continuing Item) Possible Projects
Faculty outreach efforts:
Item 5: Announcements.
Summary of the convocation on scholarly publishing in a digital world will be on next meeting's agenda. Convocation white papers available at http://www.unc.edu/scholcomdig/.
Item 6:Project Status
Item 7: Future Agenda Items.
Monday, February 14