CT Team Meeting Minutes 9/22/09
Present: Alex Chapin, Joy Pile, Adam Franco, Joe Antonioli, Bryan Carson, Dan Frostman
Minutes joyfully taken and presented by Dan Frostman
In this meeting we took a step back and reviewed what we have done to date and how to proceed this fall.
The Curricular Technology team did a lot of brainstorming over the summer. This seems like a good time to step back and compare what we have done to what our priorities are:
We have a lot of projects started whose focus is to find one or more replacements for Segue including a CT feature matrix, a CT needs “knowledge grid” (i.e. what do we know and not know about technologies that faculty and students need), course site platform survey questions.
This meeting focused on brainstorming about the use of curricular technologies at Middlebury in terms of:
- What we know about how faculty/students are using curricular technologies now
- What we need to verify about their technology usage
- What we don’t know about what faculty/students want or need in terms of curricular technologies now and/or in the future
Key Topics and Debates:
Curricular Technology platforms, WordPress, Segue, plugins, themes, configuration, surveys, recommendations, needs vs technologies, migration strategies
Alex recapped his AD meeting report.
Ian was the guest at the meeting. RE: LIS Web Team and the curricular resources presence on the LIS website.
- part 1: what key terms do we want to turn up which results?
- part 2: develop the resources that you land on after the search.
- Us: figure out landing pages, presentation. Develop a process.
- Ian: Will assist with interoperability of systems.
- Ian will find out how the team can have access to Google analytics so we can determine which of our current web resources is most used.
- Brian will send out to team the project manager workbook and url inventory sheet.
In tackling this, we should think about:
- How to target our audiences (faculty, students, staff) (i.e. as a single group, as separate groups, as overlapping groups…)
- How to determine definitive sources of documentation
- How to contextualize documentation so it is where people need it and is surrounding by related content
- How to distinguish “how to” documentation from “what can I do” documentation
Essentially we’ll need to get an inventory of all the CT related content we have and review it. Ultimately, what the LIS website team needs is the specifications for a CT “landing page” which would be appear for searches of “curricular technology” (and presumably synonyms such as “educational” and “academic” technology) as well as appearing on the customized search results page for searches of “LIS”
Great work Ian!
Discussed the survey questions.
- Opening paragraph
- Are you Humanities, Languages , etc. (Divs)
- Whom do you want to access/participate your course site?
We’ll finish this in next meeting.
BreadNet Evaluation: Next Steps
- FirstClass, the platform that is used by BreadNet, has functionality that is similar to email, mailing lists and forums.
- BreadNet has enabled the development of strong community of users who seem to be satisfied with the platform
- the version of FirstClass used by Breadnet is difficult and time-consuming to backup
- newer versions of FirstClass may offer improved functionality and be easier to maintain
- Adam will meet with Rick and get more details about issues with maintaining FirstClass server
- Dan will research newer versions of FirstClass
- Summary of Findings to date will be posted to the CT Blog
- SlideShare seems like a useful plugin for embedding presentations, would need to review it. Does require uploaded presentations to slideshare site and making public. Google Apps has a presentation tool that may also provide similar functionality
- CommentPress plugins also seem to be useful, again plugin code needs to be evaluated.
- With all of these need to find make sure we don’t force WordPress to provide functionality that it isn’t design to support….
- These plugins and tools that offer similar functionality also need to be evaluated in terms of the “best of breed” strategy vs. using what is available….
- Can’t upload large files.
- Recommendations: use Segue, classes folders, Docutek.
- cForms inhibits the upgrade in WP.
- Best of breed vision should be followed to alleviate this issue. Make WP be the best blogging platform instead of its being held hostage to data collection feature that has been grafted on.
Recommendations for course websites for fall semester posted to various blogs (including this one).
Discussion about how to gather information from faculty.
- what are your needs?
- not “let’s look at moodle, drupal, etc. and tell us what has the feature set you like.”
- informal conversations?
- Information-gathering strategy? (Joe)
Action Item: Survey.
- Alex will set up in google spreadsheet.
- Think of ways to gather the information
- LIS Advisory Groups?