UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
February 10 , 2005
Attendees: Paul Hernandez, Larry Fox, Mary Clem, Dan Bertsos, Mill Miller, Steven Foster, Bonnie Mathies, Katherine Myers (for Jeff Vernooy), Terri Klaus, Jim Vance, Barbara Denison, Ray Hill, Chuck Taylor, Greg Kojola, Ron Dorsten, Sean Kleefeld, and Brenda Mobley.
Approval of Minutes
Minutes of the January meeting were approved as written.
Terri Klaus distributed copies of the current WebCT statistics as of 1/27/05. The Provost requested more information on Course Studio use. Paul Hernandez reported 2,422 active sections using Course Studio this quarter. Stephen Foster also reported Library activity regarding Electronic Reserve accesss. The number of documents accessed in September '04 - 48,607; October '04 - 46,908; November '04 - 31,653; January '05 - 51,467.
Mary Clem reported that CaTS is initiating a program to get student computers up-to-date on patches, virus checking, and spyware detectors. Beginning fall quarter, 2005, ConnectWright CDs will be distributed to all freshmen at summer orientation. They will be required to install the software on their computers to help eliminate some security risks. This CD will also be available to all other studends by checking one out at the University Libraries. CaTS will promote this via Quickbits, WINGS, and posters in the computer labs.
University Libraries Update
Piper Martin, Reference Web-Librarian, gave a brief demostration of "Google Scholar", one of the newest specialized search engines which indexes scholar and scientific databases. Although this is still in beta test mode, faculty members are invited to visit the website for feedback:
Sean Kleefeld announced Communications & Marketing has been working on a complete re-design of the WSU website. In the meantime, a number of minor changes are being made to the website. This phase should be completed by the end of February.
Terri Klaus announced that due to the resignation of Adrienne Cassel, CTL's Instructional Designer, evening hours for the department will not be available.
The next scheduled UTC meeting will be on Thursday, March 10, 2005 from 3:00-4:00 pm in 315 Library.