Center for Information Technology Services
University of Maryland Baltimore
eLearning Steering Committee Meeting Notes
August 11, 2005
Prepared by: Chris Klimas
Attendees: Dave Pitts (SOWK), Vavian Cox (CITS), Kevin So (Nursing), Matt Rietschel (Nursing), Julie Gilliam (CITS), Jim Leoni (CITS), Fran May (CITS), Lowell Wilson (CITS), Brent Nickles (CITS), Eileen Patton (SOM-DMRT), Bob Bennett (Dental), James Craig (Dental), Shannon Tucker (PHARM), Chris Klimas (PHARM)
Moving to AppPack 3
After testing AppPack 3 on the development server, CITS is ready to deploy it onto the main server. We discussed various issues we had experienced with App Pack 3 -- Nursing reported problems logging in, which may or may not have been completely resolved. Various people saw HTML source code instead of a rendered Web page; this is a known issue and should be fixed now. Nursing also reported possible problems with Macs, but others in the committee also on Macs didn't experience the problems. Dental noted that the new hotspot question type was lacking in implementation from their point of view, as it only allows rectangular selections, and it isn't possible to mark more than one region correct.
Since the problems were fairly minor in scope, the switchover to App Pack 3 is scheduled for sometime before August 23, pending any bugfixes prompted by the Blackboard support call after the meeting.
Nursing has a PowerPoint detailing what's new in App Pack 3, and will be sending it to committee members for use in presentations to faculty, etc.
QuestionMark is currently being tested by CITS. A 30-day trial is being installed that has the ability to integrate with Blackboard. The software runs on Windows, so a separate box is required. Nursing raised questions about data integrity, if all assessments are stored on the same server. There are access restrictions as there are in Blackboard, but there may be deeper concerns. At any rate, the trial server won't be live until later this fall, so the earliest Questionmark could be deployed campus-wide, if everyone is happy with it, is in the spring.
CITS reports that 3 of 4 Building Blocks we were testing on the development server broke with the release of App Pack 3. Since most of these Building Blocks were provided free, support for them is hard to find. The one that did work, the Link Checker, will be deployed with App Pack 3 at the end of the month.
There will soon be a development server to complement the CE server. It will be located at dev.ce.umaryland.edu.
Dental is doing a 90-day trial run with Apreso, a similar product to Tegrity.
Next meeting: September 8, location TBA