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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

October 12 2007


826 Cathedral of Learning




A. Blair (Chair), P. Brusilovsky, J. Erlen, C. Hinderliter, K. Kearns, M. Smith, C. Wilcox, and D. Davis (Staff Liaison)



Approval of the Minutes (A. Blair):


Dr. Blair asked for a motion for approval of the September 27, 2007 meeting minutes. He indicated that there was one small error that needed correction. The final approved minutes will be posted to the ACIE website.


Report of the Chair (A. Blair):

Dr. Blair noted that in his charge to Council last month, Provost Maher asked for an updated assessment of the instructional grants program. Dr. Blair asked that the Best Practices Committee begin to work on this effort. He then informed Council members that the RFP for the grants program, Innovation in Education 2008, has gone to the printer, and it is expected that copies will be available for the November 7 Teaching Excellence Fair. In encouraging Council members to attend the Fair, he asked for volunteers to staff the ACIE table, which involves being available to answer questions about the RFP and the submission process, as well as general inquiries about the Council and the Fair. Members should advise Ms. Wykoff if they can be available to help out.

In recapping a Council discussion held last term, Dr. Blair informed the current members that it had been suggested that individual presentations of funded projects that were particularly of interest could be part of the agenda of several Council meetings throughout the year. He then asked that the Faculty Development Committee oversee this activity.


CIDDE Priorities for 2007-2008 (D. Davis):

Dr. Davis prepared a PowerPoint presentation on CIDDE’s priorities for the upcoming year. As a primary goal this year, CIDDE has been asked to provide support for the design and implementation of high-level, online professional masters programs. Courses will be designed from a competence-based approach, and will incorporate simulations, computer-supported collaborative learning, and advanced evaluation methods. A second major goal is the implementation of Blackboard 7, which will include a new Content System; CIDDE will also revise and update Blackboard training, including the self-instruction option. Dr. Davis also noted several other goals for this year, such as improving faculty accessibility to online teaching resources and the development of a working prototype of a distributable test creation system, as well as several other in-house goals. Future goals are to develop a proposal for a video distribution system, an interactive videoconferencing infrastructure, and beta-testing of IP-based student response systems. At the end of the presentation, it was suggested that this presentation be sent to all members of Council. It will be distributed via e-mail attachment.


Learning Technology Consortium Campus Visit (D. Davis):

The Fall meeting of the Learning Technology Consortium was hosted by the University of Pittsburgh and its activities were coordinated by CIDDE. Presentations included a project that was initiated with funding provided in 2002 by the Council’s Innovation in Education Awards program to Professor Chris Schunn, entitled SWoRD. Major funding was subsequently provided by a grant from the R.K. Mellon Foundation. This successful project was developed for students to improve writing and critiquing skills using a peer evaluation approach. Participants also heard a presentation from Pitt on new and emerging instructional technologies. All Consortium members summarized the status of their course management systems at their individual institutions, and discussions were held on other topics of interest in the area of instructional development and technology.



With no further business, the Advisory Council adjourned at 11:05 am. The next Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 3:00 pm, 826 CL.


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