UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY COMMITTTEE
December 9, 1999
I. Distributed Learning Update - CTL
Terry Klaus reported the completion of on-line learning
presentations by WBT Systems on "Top Class", Blackboard on
"Course Info", and WebCT on "WebCT". A survey was
distributed to those attending the presentations requesting
opinions on each of the packages. Another survey has been
distributed to faculty currently using Top Class. Results
will be presented at the next UTC meeting.
CTL has hired Chris Roberts as the new instructional
The project of entering courses into a database for the Ohio
Learning Network has begun. This information should be
available on-line in the near future.
George Frey reported the video courses being offered at WSU
have been very successful.
II. Disability Services Presentation
Jeff Vernooy introduced Disability Services staff members
who discussed programs presently in place at Wright State,
as well as technology issues for students with disabilities
facing the university in the near future. Katherine Myers,
Adaptive Technology Specialist, reported on the services and
resources offered to students at WSU. Adam Alonzo,
Accessible Arts Coordinator, discussed the challenges of
distance learning accessibility for disabled students.
Disability Services staff would be interested in making
these same presentations to the various departments and
colleges to explain these resources.
Jeff Vernooy made a request for further discussion on these
subjects at the next meeting.
III. CaTS Updates - Paul Hernandez
1. Faculty Computing Initiative - The number of computers
needing to be replaced is needed by January 12, 2000. The
College of Education and Human Services has been the only
college to respond as of this date.
The RFP for the personal computers has been finalized and is
in the Purchasing Dept. There are approximately 4-5
companies bidding on this project. Hope to have all
responses back by the end of January.
2. Firewall Update - Due to the University audit by Deloitte &
Touche, one of the recommendations to the Trustees was to
proceed with full logging of Internet activity. Paul
emphasized this does not mean monitoring, only a creation of
an audit trail in the event criminal activity takes place
and an investigation is warranted. In order to review any
records, it is current CaTS policy and endorsed by the
Provost, a request must be submitted by the Department of
Legal Affairs or the police department. Logging will begin
March 27, 2000. Reminders will be sent out to the campus
community in January, February and March.
3. New Year's Eve Coverage - CaTS will have six staff members
on campus New Year's Eve - 1 telephone technician; 1
computer operator; 3 senior networking staff and the
Director of CaTS.
IV. Other Business
Carol Holdcraft announced the University Undergraduate
Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee received its
first request from the College of Education and Human
Services for a new admission policy requiring incoming
students to sign a contract stating they either own or have
access to computers and the Internet. This policy will be
on the agenda at the next Faculty Senate meeting. Any
comments regarding this issue should be directed to Carol in
the College of Nursing.
V. Next Meeting
The next scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, January
13 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in E157 Student Union.