|Present:||Alison Baker, Lowell Ballard, Arnold Bradford, Carol Sinwell for Gen Chu, Suzanne Hintz, Robert McGrory, Neil Reynolds, Dan Riley, Steven Sachs (chair), Judd Sage, John Sener, Lionel Sylvas, Tony Tardd, Barbara Wyles|
|Absent:||Max Bassett, Gail Kettlewell, Charlotte Wilhelmi|
Dr. Bradford asked if the distribution lists could be updated by faculty, and if faculty members could be added to their class distribution lists. (Note on follow-up: the current program that generates the distribution lists will not allow these things. They can be included when the program is updated in the near future.) The question of whether a student that receives a "W" grade during the semester remains on the active distribution list remains to be answered.
Dr. Sachs pointed out the October 30 Washington Post provided a comprehensive list of Internet Service Providers along with rates and other relevant details.
An update from Dr. Sachs indicated that the upgrade to Office97 would begin in approximately one week. Mr. Ballard reported that we already have the CBT for it. The ITC voted not to purchase licenses for printing manuals to accompany Office97. It was felt most features are so similar that it would be an easy upgrade (especially since the CBT is available) and that offices can easily purchase commercial materials if they find them necessary.
Mr. McGrory reported that he is in the process of conducting a training needs assessment with faculty and staff and will report back with specific spending plans in December. Suggestions or training needs can also be made through the "HRDTraining" mailbox. The ITC voted not to pay for certification exams, though the related training is appropriate for support if sufficient funds are available.
He also reported on the Technology Summit held with technology managers throughout the College. He distributed a list of communication barriers, communication problems and potential solutions that were developed at this meeting. Work is underway to prioritize the information and develop specific plans for improving communication among the technology providers. A similar meeting will be held with a group of technology users in the near future.
Office 97 will available for upgrades within the next week now that the Technology Plan has been approved. The actual licenses will have to be bid and these new ones will include upgrade protection so that Office 2000 can be installed using the same license. Many computers have already been licensed for Office 97. Only enough new licenses will be purchased at this time to insure each campus and staff office has enough (counting the ones they have already purchased) for the technology plan computers. If the campus or office wants to upgrade additional machines, they will have to use their own funds.
It was requested that all faculty and staff test their on-line grading log-ons and passwords during November to avoid last minute problems. A reminder will also be printed in Intercom. Any log-on or password problems should be reported to the IT Help Desk.
He also reported that full-time pager support for critical functions is being established. This will insure technical staff is alerted if a server goes down. Remote control troubleshoot will also be implemented in the near future to allow the Help Desk to provide more direct assistance to users.
He expects College-wide voice mail to be implemented by the end of Fall semester.