IT Steering Meeting 11-22-2013

Present: 

Traci Hess, Jon Olsen, David Todd, Steve Brewer, Jerry Schoen, Patricia Galvis-Assmus, Graham Gal, Nikki Stoia, Janine Solberg, Rick Adrion, TreAndrea Russworm (English) and Dennis Spencer

Date: 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Current Events Recap

Meeting with new CIO Julie Buehler, Deans, Heads and Chairs meetings

  • IT Minor, Incorporating CCC, IT Across the Discipline getting support from Deans and Heads, and ICT Summit 2014 re-evaluating IT and the campus
  • Overall Response- Successful
  • Julie Buehler- wants to be at the ICT Summit 2014 and support it-Provide a more modular, comprehensive CCC in order to have every OIT employee take CCC

Funding Courses

  • Only one course supported at this time (ART 271 Intro to Computers in the Fine Arts)
  • Redirect funds towards IT Across the Curriculum

N.E.R.D.S. Event

  • Drupal Camp- incorporated event, mentoring program, Drupal meet-ups, and Brewer/Kelly Albrecht heading
  • Four day event, Friday-boot camp, Saturday(talks), Sunday-code sprint, Monday-ICT Summit?
  • Theme: diversity-gender equity, racial, etc.
  • Date/Location:  Campus Center, Spring, Easter , April 20th, or March 22, 23.

ICT Summit 2014

  • Date:  Thursday, March 27th 
  • N.E.R.D.S.-promote event
  • Buehler committed for the day of ICT Summit 2014, recommended to have her as Speaker

Curriculum

Suggested:

  • Res-Econ 112 - possible foundation for Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Need faculty from COMM on IT Steering Committee

OIM

  • Count OIM 453 Business Intelligence and Analytics as a Technical Course?
    • Approved = Yes, Unanimous, Technical B    
  • All three OIM courses now taught every semester
    • 3 IT Minors (Non-Major) in each class
    • Criteria for approval-order of request and graduate date

Majors Only Courses

  • Previously, we required courses to let IT Minors (non-majors) into courses
  • Decided to revisit this issue at a future meeting

Listing of Courses

  • Update: course tracking with IT Program database
  • Asked members to review active courses in their Colleges/Schools
  • Assign Colleges/Schools to committee members to review courses-implement on web

Registration Issues

  • Ex. COMM 334 states -come to first class-Students don't know if they can get into course
  • Revisit policy for course approval in future-suggestion-online discussion about course approvals
  • Regularly check course offerings for new courses-split list between faculty
  • By March for ICT Summit 2014, review courses that are available in order to inform ICT event

Possible New Course      

English 302 New Media and Textuality, Integrated Experience, IT Minors-if graduating senior-may be allowed into course, enrollment of 35 students, Team based learning,

ICT Summit 2014

Date:  March 27th, Thursday

If we revisit past meeting from 2002 and visit what is the best course/ path, how do we do this?

Goals

  • Underscore importance IT Skills for all majors-showcase what departments are doing with IT
  • Need upper echelon administrators attend in order to show that they could help support faculty

Recommended Structure

A single event that seeks outcomes by end of the day

Discussed various recommendations:

  • Gear event to heads and chairs-smaller talks
  • Present issues
  • Feedback-where should we be?  What departments are we not engaging?
  • Prior to Julie’s Talks, Fill out survey         
  • Julie Buehler as Keynote?

ICT Summit Goal

Evaluate UMass Amherst and determine how  the IT Program can best support/collaborate with different departments on campus and beyond?

Who to Include

  • Julie Buehler
  • Alum-from industry or institution-get Alum to talk from each college/school-Don't necessarily need to be tech oriented people

 

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