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Minutes 14 March 2000

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Special Senate Meeting: Martin Morris Presentation/On-Line
Curriculum Grant Information 

March 14, 2000 

Columbia Room, 3:30 p.m. 

1. Call to Order. 


2. Call of the Roll. 

Lowell Spring was present on behalf of Irja
Galvan. The following individuals were not present: Dean Bethea,
Judy Bullington, Ming-Chi Own, Tina Fuchs, Wangeshi Gatimu,
David Hargreaves, Linda Keller, Rebecca March-McCannell, Donna
Perry, Janeanne Rockwell-Kincanon, Stephanie Tunison, and Mike
Ward were absent. Several guests, both administrative and from
the School of Education, were present. 


3. Presentation from Martin Morris and Discussion.

This is a hopefully brief and general overview of what was an
informative 90 minute combined presentation and question/answer
session. The object of the meeting was to inform. No specific
votes or motions were taken. For additional information, please
review original materials about this grant and intellectual property
rights provided earlier via email. Some key points:

(a) The LAAP Grant is funded through OUS and eCollege, with
OUS funds supporting assessment and salary and eCollege money
for technology (server, laptops, and software) and training-related
travel stipends. OUS funding accounts for nearly twice the amount
provided via eCollege. "Ownership" of on-line converted materials
still remains somewhat "muddy" and, as recommended by Martin,
should remain a point of discussion as this campus becomes more
involved in both the internet and in grant-supported curriculum.
Likewise, general issues regarding copyrights and intellectual
ownership, academic freedom, and the appropriateness of on-line
courses for particular disciplines should remain a topic of discourse.

(b) The specific cohort target for these funds consists of
transitional teachers in the classroom who have a bachelors degree
in their content area but still need formal licensure. Such
transitional teachers have three years to obtain their licenses.
There are approximately 126 transitional teachers working in the
state and this program hopes to recruit 25. During involvement in
the on-line version of this MAT, masters students will have a
classroom mentor. Several questions were discussed regarding
student access not only to hard/software but also to weekend
contact with professors. In addition to on-line materials, it was
also suggested that video/audio presentations were being persued.
This program has been accredited. There will also be an additional
cohort involving special education.

(c) As indicated by Martin and several School of Education faculty
present, the implementation of the transitional license/MAT
program for its summer debut is proceeding on schedule. Current
faculty have now been scheduled for summer on-line courses and
will be involved in conversion/course preparataion this spring. OUS
funds will cover salary for extra preparation time (approximately
$1500 per faculty) and eCollege money is supporting laptops (PC
or Macs loaded with necessary software) and training for those
faculty involved in the conversion process. All faculty will receiving
regular FTE for on-line courses (i.e. entirely comparable to non-on-
line format equivalent classes).

(d) In terms of grant submission/approval protocol issues, Martin
noted that it was unfortunate this grant was available over a
matter of days and submitted without, indeed, more faculty input.
He and the Provost spoke on the need for improved mechanisms
for monitering and managing grant submissions on this campus. In
particular, grants requiring matching funds (historically, anywhere
between 5-100K) may need more formal scrutiny (e.g. via a
committee). However, it seems even more imperative, should such
a committee evolve, that all grants be prepared and
submitted in a timely and organized fashion if they are to be
reviewed properly and meet deadlines.

(e) The last major point I will highlight regarded the question
Faculty Senate was asked to consider when this issue was
originally brought forth: "Does an 'on-line' version of a class require
a course change/curriculum committee approval?" The Provost
suggested that the essence of a course lies not in the catalog
description but in the syllabus. Thus, even though a catalog
description usually does become altered if an on-line version
becomes available, the essence of the course - as defined by the
syllabus - should not change. 


After lengthy discussions, the meeting was adjourned.

Have a great spring break!


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