Item 1: Discussion: Jim
Porto, Future of FITAC. Committee Appointments.
Porto mentioned FITAC's
desire to ensure that faculty are in a position to contribute effectively
to IT-related policy and initiatives. Judith Wegner will be naming
representatives from each school for FITAC. Would like to develop
smaller school-based FITACs to serve as conduits between IT/FITAC
and faculty/staff. Some schools already have committees. Would like
to have in place by fall. Once structure is in place, how will it
function? Don't want to impede decision-making process. FITAC looking
at convocation-like event for how today's students learn, but just
one example of possible topics FITAC may take up. (Di Oblinger's book?)
May need additional committee representation on research-related issues.
Item 2: Update:Committee
Meetings. Guest faculty: Dave Potenziani.
Committee: Faculty Representatives
CIO Advisory Committee: Jim Porto
User Support and Communications: Steve Melamut, Tim McMillian
Report: Beginning with identifying staff concerns,
will approach student and faculty next.
Telecommunications: Bill Marzluff, Dave Potenziani
Report: Dave Potenziani. Still very much in infancy.
Focus on networks, their availability, performance, support for new
applications, etc. Voice over IP is an example of a project that is
already getting attention. Will also help inform strategic planning
process for IT and University. This committee is in part a response
to concerns raised by ITD Committee last year about network reliability,
off-campus access to network-based services on campus.
Research Computing: Lee Pedersen (Chem), Donna Gilleskie (Econ), Jennifer
Conrad (Kenan-Flagler), Harvey Seim (Marine Sciences), Kirk Wilhelmsen
(Neurology & Genetics), and Sarav Arunachalam.
Security and Institutional Compliance: Jim Porto
Teaching, Learning and Academic Computing: Abigail Panter (Psychology),
Daniel Anderson (English), Vick Kowlowitz (School of Nursing)
Report: Has not met since last FITAC meeting.
Financial Planning and HR: Wallace Mclendon
Report: HANDOUT. Committee will be considering fee
structures, may impact faculty and services.
Report: Has not met since last FITAC meeting.
Enterprise Applications and Data Management: Jim Porto
Report: Trying to get members up to speed on understanding
major issues in this area.
ITD Committee: Jim Porto
Item 3: Demo. Kathy
Thomas will lead a discussion on Corporate Time Calendar Function
and its use among faculty and to schedule classrooms.
ITS has put together list
of frequently asked questions for faculty, available now through help.unc.edu.
Would like feedback from ITD and FITAC on additional questions. More
departments are interesting in including rooms and other resources
in calendar. SPH is using it now.
Discussion: To what degree
can we encourage calendar use among faculty/staff?
- Lack of room utlilization
statistics. Joel Dunn will check on options for making this data
- Some resistance among
faculty about making schedules public.
- There are no calendar
exchange standards, so variety of calendars on campus is a problem.
ITS/ITD would welcome input
from FITAC on how to move campus toward common standard:
- Wegner suggests focusing
on new faculty/staff orientation, or focus group among different
- Bigger issue of overall
room tracking options. Registrar is working on a solution, but departments
would like to be able to tap into that resource as well.
Item 4: Announcements.
Item 5: (Continuing
Item) Possible Projects
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
· Possible Project. Skunk Work
Review Continuity of Operations Plans
· Work with IDT and ATN 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
Item 6: Project Status
· Role of FITAC in TAP mission
· How to engage more faculty and how to judge faculty sentiment
on IT issues.
· Faculty IT resource page
Item 7: Future Agenda
1. Student Centered Large
2. Technology use from the departmental chair perspective.
3. Faculty Technology Tours
4. Status of IT COOP plans
II. 9:30 - 10:30 John
Oberlin, Information Technology Directors (ITD) Chair
Oberlin thanked Judith
Wegner and Jim Porto for leadership and interest in building bridges
between IT and faculty.
A. Joel Dunn: Onyen
e-mail policy (10 minutes)
Policy has been revised
since draft that was circulated among FITAC (GET DIGITAL COPY). New
policy is about establishing trust relationship with email service
providers across campus. ITS will work with these folks to work on
establishing appropriate forwarding.
- What about exceptions
for units with their own services? Designed to be complimentary
with these services, will only be reflected in central campus directory.
- When will policy be
implemented? Policy almost worked out, but will need to spend more
time on rollout issues among different populations.
B. Jeanne Smythe: Brief
virus outbreak report (5 minutes)
Last week UNC experienced
new worm that impacted over 400 machines on campus. IT Directors and
staff were helpful in resolving these issues. Vendors were not prepared
to help rebuild systems. May be in future situations where we don't
have ready repair plan. Opening email messages, visiting infected
websites, and guessed passwords were violated. This is all user behavior.
C. Presentations of
1. Blogs - Fred Stutzman, ibiblio (10 minutes)
2. Wikis - John Reuning, ibiblio (10 minutes)
3. VoIP - Tyler Johnson, ITS (10 minutes)
4. Tablet PCs - William Schulz, TAP group (10 minutes) Oberlin says
we may be able to put a limited number of IBM tablets PCs into the
hands of interested practitioners.
Link to the above presentations:
Item 8: Announcements.
Item 9:Project Status
- Role of FITAC in TAP
- How to engage more faculty
and how to judge faculty sentiment on IT issues.
- Faculty IT resource
Item 10:Future Agenda
1. Calendar Function
2. Faculty Technology Tours
3. Status of IT COOP plans
Next Meeting: 4/28/05,
11:30am, 214 Davis Library