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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

December 8, 2009


826 Cathedral of Learning




Present:A. Blair (Chair), J. Brodsky, P. Brusilovsky, N. Day, S. Engberg, J. Erlen, A. Godley, M. Gubar, P. Gupta, M. Madison, J. McGrath, C. Wilcox, and C. Golden (Staff Liaison)



Approval of the Minutes (A. Blair):


Dr. Blair asked for a motion from Council members for approval of the November 16, 2009 meeting minutes, which was offered, seconded, and accepted as written. The minutes will be posted to the ACIE website.


Report of the Chair (A. Blair):  


Dr. Blair briefly noted that the January meeting will include a discussion of the proposal review process for the Innovation in Education awards program as proposals are due in the Office of the Provost by Friday, January 29, 2010.


Reports of the Committee Chairs

  a.       Best Practices (C. Wilcox):  The Best Practices Committee has not met since the November Council meeting (November 16), but has made some progress. Prof. Wilcox briefly reported that CIDDE is closer to contacting the universities that were selected as “best practices” institutions in regard to the Faculty Diversity Seminar program. CIDDE has put together a list of questions, culled from Council’s suggestions and others, that will be shared with the Seminar’s co-directors before contacting the selected universities. The purpose of this effort is to improve the effectiveness of the Seminar.

b.       Faculty Development (N.  Day): The Faculty Development Committee has not met since its last meeting on November 10, but since that time progress has been made. Prof. Day reported that discussions have begun with CIDDE to determine how to make its events more relevant as well as ways to encourage faculty to take advantage of the services and programs offered. The discussions have focused on taking the programs to the schools and departments. Initially, the plan is to develop a set of workshops from current CIDDE programs that will focus on a combination of instructional development, teaching enhancement, and instructional technology, and these shorter workshops (not more than 1 ½ hours) will be tailored for both new and more experienced faculty. CIDDE staff will meet with select department chairs, and possibly include some faculty, to discuss which workshops would be most relevant and/or those that would have the largest impact in each area/discipline. The committee has agreed that initially this will be a pilot project, beginning with one school/discipline, and an assessment of the pilot will be conducted. Ms. Golden indicated that Council will be kept informed of the status of this project as it progresses.


Report of the Staff Liaison (C. Golden):


Ms. Golden informed Council that she is going to try to present regular updates on new and currently-available technology, and what is going on in the national community as well as within CIDDE. She also plans to introduce specific topics for information and discussion within Council. At this meeting, she directed members’ attention to a website’s video presentation, by Dr. Michael Wesch at Kansas State University, entitled “A Vision of Students Today,” (http://mediatedcultures.net/mediatedculture.htm), which has generated interest among faculty. Ms. Golden also distributed a handout on Google Wave, which CIDDE is reviewing for its implications on teaching and learning. By way of conclusion, Ms. Golden briefly addressed the current status of the CIDDE restructuring and will continue to update Council as this proceeds.




With no further business, the Advisory Council adjourned at 4:00 pm. The next Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 10:00 am, 826 CL.



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