Memorial Union, UW-Madison
November 14, 1997


Present: Richard Berke, Hal Bertilson, David Blankinship, Linda Carpenter, Bill Cerbin, Suzanne Griffith, Catherine Helgeland, Douglas Johnson, Kristin Kleinsteiber, Lisa Kornetsky, Charles Matter, Ronald Mickel, Erika Sander, Tim Sewall, Dave Staszak, Charlotte Stokes, Kay Taube, James Taylor, Donald Weber, David Zierath

Absent: Kathy Ackley, Lori Carrell, Anthony Ciccone, Esther Fahm, Rex Fuller, Terry Gibson, John Grabel, Rene Gratz, Gerald Greenfield, Nan Jordahl, Mike Nicolai, Hal Schlais, Robert Skloot, Greg Valde

Staff: Susan Kahn, Director; Donna Silver, Program and Grants Coordinator; Rebecca Karoff, Communications Coordinator; Holly Loomis, Program Assistant; Renata Wilk, Student Assistant

Friday Guests: Bassam Shakhashiri, UW-Madison; Daniel Kalgren, UW-Marinette; Stephen Meyer, UW-Parkside; Sue Patrick, UW-Barron Co.


The Fall Meeting convened at 9:00 a.m. Doug Johnson of UW-River Falls welcomed Council members. After members introduced themselves, Doug provided an overview of the agenda.

Bassam Shakhashiri, the first guest speaker, presented to the Council on the occasion of UTIC’s 20th anniversary. As founding Chair of UTIC twenty years ago, he reflected on some of UTIC’s earliest initiatives, including the first Faculty College in Marinette and the launching of Teaching Forum, as well as on goals for the future. After handing out lightsticks in celebration of UTIC’s anniversary, and leading the group in singing "Happy Birthday", he provided an overview of responsibilities and the commitment to learning to be fulfilled by university instructors at every level.

Following hearty applause, the Council took a ten-minute break and reconvened for the next presentation of a UTIG funded project, "Building a Community of Student Historians: A Statewide Learning Network." Sue Patrick, UW-Barron County began with a brief history of the project, including an overview of the preliminary training workshop provided for faculty at Eau Claire. Daniel Kalgren, UW-Marinette, discussed participant training, the set-up of course webpages and listservs for students, and the advantages and pitfalls of technology-enhanced learning via a large, interinstitutional network. Stephen Meyer, UW-Parkside, gave a detailed demonstration of the features and uses of his own course on the web. The discussion continued with Q & A from the audience on such issues as evaluation of student learning outcomes, time commitment by faculty, and faculty incentives and rewards for web course development.

The Council broke up into Committee meetings for brief discussion before lunch. The meetings resumed afterwards until approximately 2:15 p.m., at which time the full Council reconvened for committee reports and a business meeting. The meeting at Memorial Union adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

Faculty Roles and Rewards Committee

Tim Sewall reported on the long-term outlook for technology and how its use often creates more work rather than less for faculty. Three principal agendas were addressed:
1) Preparation to put together a workshop on organizing for learning at UTIC’s spring ’98 conference; 2) the Committee volunteered to be the planning group for the next Department Chairs Workshop; 3) UW System representation at the national Faculty Roles and Rewards Conference.

Professional Development Committee

Erika Sander reported first on the review of the evaluation summary for the Department Chairs Workshop. Since Tallmann was almost unanimously popular, it was proposed that he should return to future conferences, or that a full conference might be devoted to legal issues. Then, in discussion of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows, the Committee proposed to ask campuses for 1/9 summer support for each fellow. Next, the Committee suggested that each campus set up a Faculty Development webpage, with a contact person and cross links to research programs and to UTIC’s page. Erika proposed a tentative due date of March 6, 1998. Finally, the Handbook for new UTIC Representatives was discussed, with the suggestion to put the Handbook on the UTIC webpage.

Student Learning Committee

Cathy Helgeland reported on the Committee’s discussion on teaching students how to learn, considering such factors as effective questioning, gender differences and learning, exploration of scholarship on student learning, life-long learning enhancement, and implementing theory of student learning into practice. Goals for future initiatives included how to get UTIC involved, the suggestion that the Grants Committee make student learning a priority, the creation of an evaluation sheet to ask about additional ideas and requests, and a Faculty College devoted to student learning issues.

Technology Committee

Kay Taube reported on the discussion at several recent conferences devoted to technology, within the UW System and nationwide, and the April Conference on Student Learning. The Committee proposed a survey of technology initiatives, inquiries on grants ideas, and demonstration and best practices groups at the conference. Other topics included the impact of technology on Faculty Roles and Rewards, and becoming aware of discipline-specific projects that implement technology.

Grants Committee

Linda Carpenter reported on the discussion about the types of information posted on the web to date, and proposed that outcome information on UTIG grants be posted as well, e.g., evaluation results and abstracts of final reports. The Committee also discussed its role, particularly its accountability in terms of grants and its lack of involvement in review, final reporting, and consequences. They suggested taking a closer look at the guidelines to determine where there might be discontinuities and unclear sections. Based on last year’s observer’s report from the System Review Committee, the committee should look at the guidelines and ensure they are consistent with the actions of the System Review Committee.

New Business

Susan closed the meeting with an update about the upcoming Technology Grants RFP. She announced upcoming events, including the Student Learning Conference to be held on April 3-4 in Madison; Faculty College on May 28-31, 1998; the Vice Chancellor’s working group on UTIC; and the national Faculty Roles and Reward Conference to be held on January 29, 1998.


Technology Committee Meeting

Present: Suzanne Griffith, Charles Matter, Kay Taube (Chair), Rebecca Karoff (UTIC Staff), David Blankinship (representing Grants Committee).

Absent: Rex Fuller, Terry Gibson, John Grabel, Gerald Greenfield, Hal Schlais (ex officio).

. S. Griffith announced she has rejoined the Technology Committee out of the committee's concern that none of our members is also an Executive Committee member.

. The group approved notes from the September meeting and thanked C. Matter for serving as note-taker.

. K. Taube announced that the Wisconsin Educational Technology Conference was very successful this year, with over 1,400 people (K-12 educators, faculty/staff from UW institutions, WTCS, and private colleges, vendors) attending the Stevens Point conference earlier this month.

An ITDC meeting was also held at Stevens Point (10/2-3/97); notes from this meeting have been electronically distributed.

A Symposium on IT for Learning, co-hosted by UWEX and UWSA, was held in Madison (11/12-13/97). Nearly 250 persons attended (K-12 educators, teams from UW institutions, and representatives from DPI & WTCS).

In October the Board of Regents approved establishing the UW Learning Innovation Center. The new Center will be responsible for the creation, distribution and evaluation of digital learning products and will support faculty and learners who use these products. UWEX Continuing Education Dean Mike Offerman will head the Center, serving as its executive director and reporting to UW System President Katharine Lyall through David J. Ward. The Center will be a resource to faculty/staff from throughout the UW System.

. R. Karoff provided updates on funded technology initiatives
included in the biennial budget (technology DIN). The UWS received $2 million for IT staff support for FY 97-99 as well as $200K for FY 97-98 and $800K for FY 98-99 for technological improvements for faculty and instructional academic staff. 80% of the technology funds will go to campuses for IT and curricular reforms; 20% will be retained at UWSA and administered through the OLIT. This money will be available through grants; RFPs will be out soon for campus-wide, collaborative projects.

We will ask H. Schlais to use the listserv to provide more detailed information about the technology dollars and to also update us on what happened to faculty development funds.

We recommended 1) a UTIC Technology Committee member (s) serve on whatever review group is established to review campus proposals and 2) asked UTIC staff to share a copy of our Technology Conference Follow-up Survey findings with Ed Meechem, Hal Schlais, and others who are working on developing the RFP.

. The committee discussed ideas for a technology track for the conference (D. Blankinship distributed notes from the Conference Planning Committee meeting). We recommended a pre-conference panel on assessment issues in learning technologies - what we know and don't know, and what we don't even know to ask. For the conference we recommended 1) best practices and demos and 2) the impact of technology on faculty roles and rewards.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kay Taube

Student Learning Committee Meeting

Present: Bill Cerbin, James Taylor, Dick Berke, Cathy Helgeland, Donna Silver, Hal Bertilson

Guest: Kathy Sanders

The committee reviewed the plans for the upcoming Student Learning Conference scheduled for April.

Bill Cerbin reported that Lee Shulman has been invited to be a keynote speaker. Other invitations for outside speakers will be sent pending Shulman's reply.

The committee brainstormed possible topics for conferences sessions. Some of these include gender differences in learning, how to teach students to learn (learning to learn), using questions effectively, what students are learning from using new technologies, lifelong learning, dealing with learning disabilities, Learning Theory and Practice 101.

Bill Cerbin agreed to draft a letter to campuses to help identify possible system faculty for presentations.

The committee also discussed possible follow-up activities such as a special grants competition, and identifying student learning as a priority for UTIG grants.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Cerbin

Professional Development Committee

Present: R. Mickel, D. Zierath, E. Sander, K. Kleinsteiber, R. Wilk
Absent: T. Ciccone, G. Valde, E. Fahm

The session began with a review of the Department Chairs Workshop evaluation summaries to determine needs for workshops in the future. Two principal points were discussed:

1. That the session presented by John Tallman, Legal and Personnel Issues at the Department Level was indispensable and could be the focus of an entire workshop. It was suggested that the topics that Tallman discussed could be particularly useful to less experienced Chairs with six months to one year of experience. It was also suggested that the more experienced Chairs could benefit from sessions concerning Faculty Roles and Rewards.

2. That more session topics should be offered, or that smaller groups should be formed. Erika Sander suggested forming "break-out" groups to meet after main session, then to reconvene with main group for further discussion.

The Committee then discussed the provision of institutional support for the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows Program. They addressed the problem of campus support, particularly that campus contributions should be more consistent. Erika Sander also suggested that information from the campuses should be made readily available; Ron Mickel and David Zierath argued, however, that isolated problems on individual campuses might make assessment difficult. They also suggested that there should be a greater focus on teaching and student learning, and proposed to ask campuses for 1/9 of summer support for WTF.

Campus-level Faculty/Staff Development Programs

The Committee discussed how to assess and make available specific development commitments on campus (i.e. what are the deans doing), and proposed to update the WTF link on the UTIC web page to help disseminate information to system-wide campuses. They suggested creating a new link to Faculty/Staff programs, which would contain a list of all programs and corresponding e-mail contacts. They requested that the information be presented to the Committee by March 6, 1998, in order to allow time for the Committee to prepare a demo for the UTIC Spring meeting on March 13.

The UTIC Handbook Draft

The Committee agreed to ask Susan Kahn about updating the Handbook; perhaps the handbook mission statement could be made available on the UTIC web page.

Respectfully submitted,

Renata Wilk

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