Council on Academic Computing (CAC)
Dr. George E. Klinzing, Chair
The meeting was called to order at
introduced David Brown, who was invited to give a videoconference to the
Council on Academic Computing and the Advisory Council on Instructional
Excellence relating his experiences using laptop computers in the
classroom. Dr. Brown is editor of Teaching
with Technology, Professor of Economics, Dean of
Brown’s presentation focused on how the ubiquity of laptop computers can change the way faculty teach and explained the Wake Forest plan for using laptops in the classroom. His talk is summarized in the slides presented on the attached handout. The presentation was also videotaped for those who were unable to attend the meeting. Please feel free to contact Klinzing’s secretary (624-0784) to borrow the videotape.
No changes were requested to the minutes of the
Klinzing requested subcommittee chairs to report their progress to the Council. The Bandwidth Subcommittee has not yet met. Ellen Cohn presented the Systems Failure Subcommittee’s report, which is attached.
Peter Draus reported for the Security Subcommittee. The Subcommittee identified four principal reasons for the need for security.
1) The University bears an additional expense through the unauthorized use of its limited resources.
2) Unsecured computers can attack other computers throughout the world.
3) Unsecured computers can result in file and program disruption within the University.
4) The need for security is crucial in maintaining the confidentiality of patient records, research data, etc., particularly in the health sciences area.
The Subcommittee determined the best way to address these concerns was to:
1) Review existing University policies and procedures ensuring that they address at least the minimum level of security for servers throughout the individual schools as well as University-wide.
2) Emphasize education and awareness throughout the University regarding the need for security.
Klinzing suggested that the subcommittee benchmark peer institutions as to how they address these issues.
Walton reported that Computer Services & Systems Development is in the midst of upgrading the University modem pool. The replacement of a large number of outdated and defective modems within the next few weeks should significantly enhance the performance of CourseInfo. Computer Services is also considering implementing limitations on concurrent remote log-ins and/or log-in time during peak use periods.
The acquisition of additional bandwidth is top priority. Negotiations are underway for prompt delivery if a bandwidth upgrade is needed in the future.
No new business was discussed.
The meeting adjourned at