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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

November 9, 2004




826 Cathedral of Learning




A. Blair (Chair), L. Beeson, B. Bidanda, K. Blee, J. Burkoff, P. Card, H. Lawson, K. Linduff, M. McNeil, T. Metzger, Paul Rogers, G. Stoehr, and D. Davis

1. Approval of the Minutes:

A motion was made for the approval of the October 4, 2004 minutes, seconded, and approved unanimously.


2. Report of the Chair (A. Blair):

Dr. Blair noted that the Teaching Excellence Fair, held on October 27, was again a successful event with a number of attendees similar to the past two years. He commented that it was evident that Council should continue this event, which showcases the Innovation in Education awards program, as well as the programs and services offered by CIDDE. He also informed Council that this year’s RFP has been distributed to all faculty on all campuses. Following up on the discussion last month to define more clearly what Council considers to be “innovative” in funded projects, the RFP objectives were clarified and approved by the full Council prior to distribution. A copy of the 2005 RFP is also available in PDF format on the ACIE website. An e-mail reminder containing an electronic copy of the RFP will be sent in early December to all Deans and Department Chairs, asking them to bring this opportunity to the attention of their faculty as well as to encourage faculty to submit proposals. Dr. Blair also reminded Council that the online evaluation of the grants program has so far a 60 percent response rate, with a goal of virtually 100% participation. Once the data from the evaluation survey are collected, the Instructional Grants Committee will work on a draft report and will bring it to Council for a full review before final submission to the Provost.


3. Reports of the Committees: Best Practices (B. Bidanda, Chair):

Professor Bidanda gave a brief report from the Best Practices Committee meeting that took place on October 13. The Committee used the Best Practices Report as a baseline for its discussion. He noted that last year several programs in the report were suggested by the Committee for Council’s consideration and recommendation, which now have been partially implemented. Dr. Davis talked briefly about the Classroom Technology Baseline initiative, noting that Council had had a major role in influencing this effort. The Provost subsequently approved this concept, and funds will be available for implementation beginning in FY2006 under the auspices of the Classroom Management Team (CMT). Approximately 20 classrooms are scheduled for a “mini-renovation” (i.e., a minimum technology upgrade), which includes installing equipment such as telephones, internet ports, projection screens, overhead projectors, lecterns and desks/consoles with chairs. A brief discussion followed that touched on what additional basic classroom equipment should be included in a mini-renovation (e.g., computer/video projector, soundproofing, etc.). Council members asked about conducting another survey of faculty regarding classroom needs, which would include a question on how well the installed equipment is functioning and maintained. Dr. Davis responded that the CMT is considering doing this survey again and indicated that she would relay Council’s suggestions. Professor Bidanda asked Council members for additional suggestions or comments for the Committee, and indicated that these could be sent to him via e-mail. Dr. Blair asked the Committee to review the Best Practices report again to select and suggest topics for future Council meeting agendas.

Faculty Development Committee (D. Davis for J. Grabowski): Although the Committee has not yet met this academic year, a copy of the events that CIDDE has conducted in the past months, as well as a draft agenda for the Committee’s first meeting, was distributed to Council members. Dr. Davis noted that an item for Committee discussion and subsequent input from Council will be the theme for the upcoming Summer Instructional Development Institute 2005.


4. Teaching Excellence Fair (D. Davis):

Dr. Davis distributed a handout describing the attendance and the data from the TEF evaluations, as well as informal comments. She judged the Fair a “success” in terms of the feedback received from participants, but would like to increase the number of attendees to 300 from this year’s level of 100+. For Council’s reaction, Dr. Davis then offered a video demonstration on how to use the Cyber Library, which was the result of a project that was funded by Council in 2003. A second presentation was a video that showcased the Teaching Excellence Fair that Dr. Davis will share with the Learning Technology Consortium at its upcoming semi-annual meeting at the University of North Carolina.


5. Adjournment:

Dr. Blair noted that the next Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for December 8, at 4:00 p.m. As there was no other business or items for discussion, the meeting was adjourned at noon.




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