Center for Information Technology Services

University of Maryland Baltimore
eLearning Steering Committee Meeting Notes
February 9, 2005
Prepared by: Chris Klimas

Attendees: Buzz Merrick (HR), Jane Sellman (Writing Center), Brook Botvin (CITS), Dave Pitts (SSW), Jim Leoni (CITS), Fran May (CITS), Lila Faulkner (Law), Lowell Wilson (CITS), Chris Klimas (Pharmacy), James Craig (Dental), Matt Rietschel (Nursing), Vavian Cox (CITS), Sarita Sanjoy (Physical Therapy), Jeff Hawk (Physical Therapy)

CITS Update

There will be Blackboard downtime this Saturday for administrative tasks, pending any major snowfall. No committee members foresaw problems with this schedule. Also on the horizon is an upgrade to Blackboard 7 on the development server, which brings with it a few issues. Blackboard has switched its character encoding of content from UTF-8 to UTF-16, which means that the database will double in size. Fortunately, existing storage should be able to cover this growth, though more disks may be added to the array just in case.

The QuestionMark purchase has been approved by Procurement, and a PO is in hand. A server has also been procured through the campus' Dell contract. CITS would like to take care of the Blackboard 7 update before installing QuestionMark.


The rest of the meeting was taken up by a product demonstration by StreamCenter, a company based in UMBC's technology incubator. They demod two products: Rendez*View, a program that synchronizes PowerPoint presentations with pre-recorded video and outputs to Windows Media Video, and a hardware video capturing device that acts as a pass-through between a presenter's laptop and a projector.

Sonic Foundry

Sonic Foundry will be demoing their lecture capture product this coming Wednesday at 12:30 for the law school. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP to Lila Faulkner.

Next meeting: March 9, 2006