For Approval: March 28, 2012

To Faculty Senate: April 2, 2012

 

 

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF MEETING OF FEBRUARY 29, 2012

 

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Derek Yip-Hoi called the Academic Technology Committee to order on February 29, 2012 at 4:02 PM.  There were 18 people present (see attached roster). 

Approval of the MinutesThe minutes of February 15, 2012 were approved as written.

 

AGENDA

   Reports/Announcements

Derek Yip-hoi announced that the results of the ATC Evaluations of the STF proposals are summarized and have been posted on blackboard, and have been sent to the committee.  

 

Standing Business

A: DC++ Usage

·         David Wallin, who has been directly affected by exam sharing using DC++, attended the meeting to give his perspective on the issue. Wallin said that the use of DC++ is “blatant cheating according to the Academic Dishonesty Policy.” Section 2 Appendix B says that obtaining an exam or test answers prior to the test is prohibited.

·         Mason Luvera pointed out that there is ambiguity in the rule because of the way it was worded. Elizabeth Stephan agreed and added that it could easily be interpreted as applying to obtaining questions for “a test I’m taking tomorrow” during the current term as opposed to one given during a past offering of the course. She also pointed out that applying the same standard of interpretation to other parts of the code could be extremely confusing. Studying with someone or forming a study group could be a potential violation.

·         Given the ambiguity and different interpretations of the Academic Dishonesty Policy, Rieko Daring suggested that maybe it is the code that needs to be looked at and possibly changed, before any steps at enforcement should be considered.

·         Yip-Hoi shared that from his experiences teaching, one needs to be explicit in instructions to students. The same is true of the academic code and cheating. If an instructor feels that there is an activity that compromises the integrity of the assessment process, it is prudent for this to be explicitly prohibited.

·         Wallin continues to argue that given the wording this activity should be considered cheating unless the instructor gives explicit permission for students to use exam materials. He adds that if cheating is going on under our noses and we have the ability to do something about it and do nothing, we look pretty foolish.

·         Gary Bornzin agrees that it is cheating, but only if it is made clear to the class that using these materials is prohibited.  He adds that students often share a variety of materials including past exams with the goal of helping each other out not with the intent to cheat.

·         Stephan backs the previous statement by pointing out that even without the use of technology such as DC++, exam questions and answers have long been shared. She added that going after technology will be unsuccessful because the hub or port will just be moved or a different technology will be used.  

·         Kurt Willis of the University Residences explains what DC++ essentially is. It is a peer file sharing application hosted privately by one student in the residence. He pointed out that the information that is shared is not stored on any particular server and the share is setup to dynamical chage data ports. This would make monitoring and searching for specific files difficult. The site is only accessible in Residential Housing.

·         Michael Schardein adds that cheating in general is a serious problem. Technology has made it much easier and it is campus-wide. Though they are responsible for reading the code, many will not. Instructors need to make very clear what they consider cheating.

·         Yip-Hoi declared that the Committee’s position on the matter has not changed, but the conversation does need to continue.

 

 

New Business – None

Constituent Concerns - None

 

Meeting adjourned at 5:08 PM

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE 2011-2012

Vacancy
Requirement

Phone

Office

MS

Term Starts

Term Ends

2/29/12

 

Senator  Vacant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary L Bornzin, Deputy CHAIR

Fairhaven

x4918

FA335

9118

2007

2011

P

John F McLaughlin

Huxley

x7617

ES440

9181

2008

2012

P

Bruce Hamilton

CFPA

 

PA58

9107

2011

2013

P

Sarah Campbell

CHSS

X4793

AH 342

9083

2011

2013

 

Rieko M Darling

CHSS

x3143

PH39

9078

2010

2012

P

Derek Yip-Hoi –CHAIR

CST

x7236

ET313

9086

2010

2012

P

Deepinder Bajwa

CBE

x7309

PH439

9077

2009

2011

P

Elizabeth Stephan

Library

X2061

WL272

9103

2011

2013

P

Raine Dozier

Woodring

x2052

MH419

9087

2010

2012

 

Geoffrey Matthews

CST

x3797

BH306

9165

2010

2012

P

Justina Brown

CII

x7210

CH301

9095

2005

 

P

Frank Roberts

Dir ATUS

x3361

MH152

9094

2007

 

P

Max Knittel

ITPG

x3261

CF305

9164

2005

 

P

John Lawson

VProvost IT

x3917

OM375

9033

2006

 

 

Steven Vanderstaay

VPUE

X3004

OM480B

9033

2008

 

 

Rob Galbraith

ATUS

x3368

MH154A

9094

 

 

 

Fabiola Arvizu

ASVP

 

VU504E

9106

2011

2012

 

Mason Luvera

AS Student Rep.

 

 

 

 

 

P

Michael Schardein

Dean of Students Office - Guest

 

 

 

 

 

P

David Wallin

Guest

 

 

 

 

 

P

Shannon Dubenion-Smith

Mod. & Cl. Lang - Guest

 

 

 

 

 

P

Kurt Willis

Univ. Res. - Guest

 

 

 

 

 

P

Recorders:

Alyssa Barrett

Chelsea Ghant

Recorder

x6808

OM350

9106

 

 

P

P

   DATE: February 29, 2012

TOTAL PRESENT  

 

 

 

 

 

18