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Information Technology Policy Council
August 13, 2009
The August 13th meeting of the Information Technology Policy Council was called to order by Dr. David Rice with the following present: Dr. George Wilson, Ms. Jenne Vanderbout, Dean Mollie Dinwiddie, Dr. Russell Helm, Dr. Betty Roberts, Dr. David Rice, Dr. Odin Jurkowski, Dr. Ruth Burkett, Ms. Carol Smith, Mr. Mike Jeffries, and Ms. Debbie Combs.
Call to Order and Announcements
The minutes were approved as distributed.
Advisory Committees: Nothing to report.
Libguides/CampusGuides: Ms. Smith reported this is a product the library has used for about a year. It is used to develop subject specific research guides. Ms. Smith asked to have this placed on the agenda to see if there would be any issues with the library supporting these guides. Members of ITPC gave their blessing for the library’s support. The cost is $1,200.00.
Blackboard Outcomes: Mr. Jeffries’ PowerPoint presentation is attached. The university needs to start looking at a global approach to technology, how it integrates, and what will aid UCM to push communication and content to mobile products. He feels Blackboard can provide those services because it is no longer just a learning management system but more of a robust platform that can be used for a number of things. Blackboard started out in higher education and now represents over 5,000 institutions worldwide. Dr. Rice said the university is paying for other products which Blackboard could be used for. This would then become an institutional responsibility rather than just an academic affairs responsibility. He hopes to create some forums this year which will allow people to talk about these issues. Dr. Helm added this group can play a key role in recommendations to the president. He also agreed with Mr. Jeffries statement on addressing university needs with a single set of products that work together.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned.
Debbie Combs, Recording Secretary