Approved by ATC May 25, 2011

To Faculty Senate June  6, 2011

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF MEETING OF May 11, 2011

 

Chair Geoffrey Matthews called the Academic Technology Committee to order on May 11, 2011, at 4:04 PM.  There were 11 people present (see attached roster). 

 

Approval of the Minutes The minutes of April 13, 2011, approved as written.

Agenda Items:

   Reports/Announcements         

 

Homepage Redesign

There was a presentation on the new homepage redesign. Because of high demand for a redesign of the WWU homepage it will be redesigned, tailored for incoming freshmen.

 

A MyWestern links portlet allows them to transition to that portlet for their navigational needs. The portlet was designed by the MyWestern portal team, and it features all the links, with the main, smaller links on top, and the full link list under them.  It also has a search bar at the top of the portlet, which makes it much easier to dig down into the links and find what you need more quickly.  It should help staff retain their sense of navigation after the website upgrade is rolled out in the fall.

 

Gary Bornzin commented that he uses the homepage most often to look for class finder, and that this new layout looked harder. It is possible to add your favorite links into a bookmarks portlet, which would be easiest, and that the classfinder link was at the top of the academics button dropdown.

 

Geoffrey Matthews asked if there would be a test phase and room for comments, and the presenter commented that they were just going to roll it out, and people who disliked it could remove the portlet very easily. John McLaughlin commented that having the combination of the search and the hover function will be much easier then some other designs, which you can get lost with. Gary Bornzin said that one question he might have had was if all the old links would be in the new portlet, and it was commented that all the old short links are visible as the first links on each button. Gary Bornzin asked what he would see if he clicked wwu.edu in the future, and the presenter said that it would be the new homepage, which was designed for external users, but they are hoping that people will bookmark the myWestern portal.

 

Learning Management System

Lawson presented on Learning Management Systems. The presentation showed that although Moodle looks cheaper than Blackboard, the costs of switching from Blackboard to Moodle would be about the same because of the costs of support staff who are familiar with Moodle.

 

Derek Yip-Hoi commented that the people who are in support of Moodle should come to talk to this committee, because he has committed many hours towards putting his courses up on Blackboard, much of which would have to be redone if we switched.

 

Gary Bornzin asked about the survey they were running that asked about how the faculty liked Blackboard, how they felt about a potential switch and if they were ready to switch.  Bornzin said that thatís what he thought should be done, and that he doesnít think Blackboard is broken enough that we need to switch but it needs to be found out whether that sentiment is true campus wide before a decision is made.

 

ITS Budget Issues.  John Lawson reported on the ITS budget issues; it eliminated 4 prostaff positions, 1 classified position, and a 0.5 reduction in classified FTE. They are converging Voice/Data/Technical Services, restructuring the database administration (eliminating the senior DBA position and reducing the programming/analyst position into an assistant position), reducing desktop support(eliminating the position on 32st street), reducing duplicate services(eliminating a graphic design position), and reducing  programming services.  There has been a reduction by 10% of ITS FTE positions since 2001. John

McLaughlin commented that the report looks like a recipe for burnout and overwork, and John Lawson said that heís already seen these examples.

Constituent Concerns

Raine Dozier commented that she got an email explaining that there was anti-virus software on computers that will expire and un-install after 30 days if you are not on campus. John Lawson commented that he didnít believe that it would expire and uninstall, but that if youíre not on the campus network you canít get updates and therefore the latest security, and that he would look at the email and clarify.

Meeting adjourned at 4:55pm.

 

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

Vacancy
Requirement

Phone

Office

MS

Term Starts

Term Ends

5/11/11

 

Senator  Vacant

           

 

Gary L Bornzin, Deputy CHAIR

Fairhaven

x4918

FA335

9118

2007

2011

P

John F McLaughlin

Huxley

x7617

ES440

9181

2008

2012

P

Kacey Morrow

CFPA

x3661

FI 116

9068

2009

2011

P

Sarah Campbell

CHSS

X4793

AH 342

9083

2011

 

 

Rieko M Darling

CHSS

x3143

PH39

9078

2010

2012

P

Derek Yip-Hoi

CST

x7236

ET313

9086

2010

2012

P

Deepinder Bajwa

CBE

x7309

PH439

9077

2009

2011

P

Bob Thomas  - ATC rep to STF

Library

x7458

HH320L

9103

2005

2011

P

Raine Dozier

Woodring

x2052

MH419

9087

2010

2012

P

Geoffrey Matthews- CHAIR

CST

x3797

CF493

9165

2010

2012

P

Phil Nelson (temp. sub. Matthews)

CST

x3035

CF471

9165

2011

2011

 

Justina Brown

CII

x7210

CH301

9095

2005

 

 

Frank Roberts

Dir ATUS

x3361

MH152

9094

2007

 

P

Ramon Rinonos-Diaz 

AS

     

2009

2010

 

Max Knittel

ITPG

x3261

CF305

9164

2005

 

P

John Lawson

VProvost IT

x3644

OM470

9033

2006

 

P

Rob Galbraith

ATUS

x3368

MH154A

9094

   

 

Elizabeth Stephan

Library

     

2011

 

 

Associated Students

     Leeban Ahmed

Recorder

x6808

OM350

9106

   

P

   DATE: 5/11/2011

TOTAL PRESENT  

13