Approval by ATC 4/13/2011
To Faculty Senate 4/18/2011
WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
MINUTES OF MEETING OF March 30, 2011
Chair Geoffrey Matthews called the Academic Technology Committee to order on March 30, 2011, at 4:14 PM. There were 12 people present (see attached roster).
Approval of the Minutes: The minutes of March 2, 2011, were approved as written.
§ The committee discussed the budget for next year and how there is not much information because the House is still in deliberation. Raine Dozier raised the question of when the deadline for that information’s release would be, and John Lawson said that they usually wrap up in April, but they could go as late as May.
§ Frank Roberts reported on an upgrade to Bb, which added SSL encryption to the site which increases security, as well as a few other patches and an upgrade to the grading system. He reported that Video Services plans an Open House on April 21st at which they plan to showcase their new equipment which allows T.V. channel distribution and includes new lights, a teleprompter, and more.
§ John Lawson reported on the outcome of the ATC’s recommendations for the Student Technology Fee. The letters are to be sent out soon; 9 proposals are selected for funding, and some of those are partially funded.
§ Bob Thomas commented that because the Student Technology Fee committee received the ATC’s recommendations much earlier, it had a much larger impact then previous years.
Members discussed :
§ The percentages of the fee going towards computer renewal, and noted that if the percentages were decreased there would be an increase from a 4 year replacement cycle to a 5 or 6 year replacement cycle.
§ The majority of the proposals this year replace core equipment for courses. There was a question raised about why that core equipment couldn’t be covered in the course fee. Course fee are mainly for expendables such as paper and such, not for core equipment. It is possible to carry money forwards for the purpose of creating a replacement cycle for that equipment using the course fee, but planning of an explicit budget is required.
o John McLaughlin reported that he spoke to the departments that had been involved in the blacklisting before, and they said that they would be happy to come in and speak to clear up any misconceptions. John Lawson had a screenshot of the report sent by the security management service which showed that the mail.chem.wwu mail server was listed as blocked because of its poor rating. John said that they are working on educating people about how to correctly set their spam settings, and that he would be happy to correspond with the departments to clear anything up.
o Bob Thomas asked about the library mail server that despite being whitelisted is still going into junk mail. Lawson said they were working to track down and fix that problem. Lawson pointed out that emails sent through Bb work perfectly.
o John McLaughlin asked about the computer outage on Valentine’s Day, because it was disturbing his ability to teach effectively. Lawson said that he identified the problem and requested capital to fix it, but he is unsure whether that request will be fulfilled.
Meeting adjourned 4:54 pm
ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
Gary L Bornzin, Deputy CHAIR
Rieko M Darling
Bob Thomas - ATC rep to STF
Geoffrey Matthews- CHAIR on leave
Phil Nelson (temp. sub. Matthews)