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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

February 19, 2010


826 Cathedral of Learning




Present:A. Blair (Chair), J. Brodsky, P. Brusilovsky, N. Day, S. Deitrick, M. Madison, J. McGrath, R. Venkataramanan, 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 January 14, 2010 meeting minutes, which was offered, seconded, and accepted as written. The minutes will be posted to the ACIE website.


Report of the Chair and Preparation for Instructional Grants Proposal Review (A. Blair):  


Dr. Blair reported that 26 proposals were submitted for the Innovation in Education Awards 2010, which was not as high as last year. He explained the review process that the Advisory Council members will follow during the Saturday, March 20 session (see handout). Council members as a group will make tentative recommenda-tions for funded proposals at the end of the Saturday meeting. A follow-up meeting on Tuesday, March 23, will be held to take a look at budgets in accordance with the RFP and to finalize the recommended proposals for the Provost’s approval.  


Reports of the Committee Chairs

  a.       Best Practices (C. Wilcox): Prof. Wilcox reported that the committee would not be meeting in February. Three committee members have been working on a draft report of the impact of the Faculty Diversity Seminar, in particular, a cost-benefit analysis. The report may also suggest new initiatives. As part of this effort, CIDDE staff have contacted 15 past Diversity Fellows, and 8 have responded. The fellows provided comments as to what should be done and gave specific suggestions: creation of online resources (such as an online journal for recording individual faculty experiences); additional participation incentives beyond the current stipend; and follow-up sessions held during the year. Dr. Wilcox also reported that potential questions for the OMET survey have also been generated. The committee will meet in March to discuss both initiatives, which he will report on at the next full Council meeting.

b.       Faculty Development (N.  Day): The next major event is the Summer Instructional Development Institutes. The brochure is being prepared, and the topic is “How Students Learn.” Ms. Golden reported that she would like to be able to arrange for a web broadcast so that faculty can participate online, as well as to be able to access the session asynchronously on demand.


Report of the Staff Liaison (C. Golden):


Ms. Golden distributed a copy of “The Horizon Report – 2010” prepared by The New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. She also distributed a short report of CIDDE’s Progress Report for Fall 2009. Highlights have already been discussed in previous Council meetings as well as other CIDDE activities. This term, CIDDE has been making tools and programs available online and will be evaluating Blackboard updates; and the “new” CIDDE website is almost ready. CIDDE staff are in the process of working with CSSD to do a technical evaluation of a new version of Blackboard. CIDDE’s reorganization is ongoing and in the next phase, Ms. Golden will be talking to her staff and getting everyone on board in preparation for presenting changes to all CIDDE staff. A more detailed presentation will be prepared for the next Council meeting.




With no further business, the Advisory Council adjourned at 2:00 pm. The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 8, 4:00 pm, 826 CL.



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