Council on Academic Computing
Nick Laudato from the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) discussed the use of technology in the classroom. Slides from his presentation can be found at: http://www.pitt.edu/~ciddeweb/EVENTS/index.html.
Blackboard is course management software that permits instructors to administer, grade, and record quizzes; to conduct chat sessions; and to hold threaded discussion groups. It also provides user-friendly software to facilitate the instructor’s efforts to create Web pages, send e-mail, transfer files to and from students, and manage an online grade book. Approximately one-third of faculty members have been trained to use the Blackboard system. Blackboard use increased from 21 sections per semester four years ago to 1039 sections per semester this year.
Computer Assisted Testing System (CATS) is a secure,
supervised testing system. In 1995,
CIDDE introduced CATS as an option for distance education courses offered
through the University External Studies Program. The system possesses the
advanced security capabilities that are necessary for academic exam
administration and rapid data transmission to and from eleven, off-campus
testing sites throughout
Janus is software that projects images and writing from a panel at the instructor’s podium to a screen in the classroom. The system is built around an electrostatically sensitive panel (a 15-inch, touch-sensitive LCD panel) that instructors use like a chalkboard.
Anti-plagiarism software that checks the written content of papers against content in an online database and software that records audio, video and annotations of PowerPoint presentations were also discussed.
Faculty Instructional Development Lab
The Faculty Instructional Development Lab (FIDL) offers faculty an opportunity to investigate and apply instructional theory, learning theory, information technology, and multi-media technologies to instructional development projects. It is built around a training room and includes a consulting area, a video editing area, an audio booth, and a technology area. The FIDL was built to fulfill the following goals:
Other issues were also addressed:
HIGH PERFORMANCE NETWORK ATTACHMENT INITIATIVE (HPNAI)
Drs. Luis F. Chaparro, Juan J. Manfredi, and Ching-Chung Li discussed their HPNAI project entitled “A Distributed Teaching and Research Cooperation System in Engineering and Mathematics.” They hope to parlay their success in the initial phases of this project into a system that supports virtual classrooms.
REPORT FROM COMPUTING SERVICES AND SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) continues to develop the Student Data Warehouse. The office’s staff is working with the business office to implement the financial data portion of the Warehouse.
CSSD continues to expand wireless network capabilities at
the University. Hillman Library, the
Cathedral Commons Room, the
Other issues were also discussed:
The subcommittee has met with CSSD representatives.
Members of the subcommittee invited Nick Laudato to address the Committee.
Future of Academic Computing
The upcoming visit by IBM officials was temporarily postponed.
High Performance Computing Initiative (HPCI)