Center for Information Technology Services

University of Maryland Baltimore
eLearning Steering Committee Meeting Notes
December 6, 2005
Prepared by: Chris Klimas

Attendees: Lowell Wilson (CITS), Jim Leoni (CITS), Matt Rietschel (Nursing), Lila Faulkner (Law), Chris Klimas (Pharmacy), Shannon Tucker (Pharmacy), Dave Pitts (SSW), Fran Dominguez (CITS), Alexa Mayo (HS/HSL), James Craig (Dental)

CITS Update

The QuestionMark process is moving along, although there are problems getting in contact with representatives there. As mentioned before, the three schools initially using it are Pharmacy, Nursing, and Dental. (Additional information about QuestionMark)

General Blackboard upgrade issues were discussed. In particular, the plan is to deploy 7.0 on the development server over the spring semester, and then test it over the summer. It was suggested that a few courses that have lots of content or have proved troublesome in the past be copied to the dev server, to provide more realistic test conditions. Shannon also suggested checking with Blackboard to see if they can provide us with a test plan based on their own QA process.

Along with the 7.0 update, the possibility of adding the Community piece exists. The price is significant, but its chief advantage would be allowing schools to offer a customized experience to their students (i.e. branding, different content tabs, etc). There's also the possibility of using custom user roles to give school administrators more room to administer things themselves. It may be possible to roll the CE server into the main server, setting it up as a custom subsite as we would each school.

Banner and Blackboard integration will soon be worked on, once Banner 7 is deployed. That's slated for February 14th, so Chris Phillips, who is head of the Banner group at CITS, will be coming into our March meeting to discuss how it will work as well as potential issues that may crop up.

Laptops

A discussion of various schools' laptop programs occurred, as some schools are considering making laptops mandatory for their students.

Classroom Capture

Pharmacy is considering a 30 day trial of Sonic Foundry's Mediasite product, though no firm plans are in place. Tegrity, as it turns out, has now incorporated podcasting features into their product. A conference call with them may be forthcoming, and the plan is to use our February meeting to visit Coppin State and see how they have used Tegrity there. James from the Dental School attended a webinar given by a school that does a lot of distance learning. He will distributing information from that to the eLearning mailing list.

Scheduling

The January meeting is cancelled.