University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Technology Council

Technology Council
Minutes of the meeting held 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
February 2, 2012

Present: Sharon Dimmer, Scott Furlong, Craig Hanke, David Kieper, Liz Leist, Mike Marinetti, Dan McIver, Kathy Pletcher, Chuck Rybak, Mike Stearney, Christine Vandenhouten; ex-officio: Paula Ganyard
Not present: Michael Hengels, Brenda Amenson-Hill, Sue Mattison, Zach Voelz
Guests: Marlys Brunsting, Linda Dupuis, Kelly Franz, Patrick Sorelle

  1. Called to order by Kathy Pletcher at 3:30 pm
  2. Minutes: Minutes from the November 2011 meeting were approved as written.
  3. E-textbooks: Pletcher introduced the e-textbook topic to the Council explaining that it was recently brought up at a CIO meeting. CourseSmart is a group of some of the major publishers of textbooks. Some of the UWGB faculty has already started using this service and so far $12,000 of e-textbooks have been purchased. Sorelle indicated that the bookstore has been working with CourseSmart already and that they have been a consistent vendor of e-textbooks. The bookstore has been very proactive in letting students know about this option. Most of the e-textbooks are about half the price of the paper copy, but they can have many restrictions. The e-textbooks are only available for the semester, so the student has nothing after the course is over. The issue of dropping a course and not being able to get a refund is also a problem. It is also a problem in that you cannot load it on more than one PC, but by and large the students like the convenience of the e-textbooks. The Council will continue to watch this topic.
  4. Mobile Strategy: Marlys Brunsting provided an update on the mobile strategy working group. Since she last reported to the Tech Council, she has met with SGA for their input. Part of our mobile strategy will be to require software that we procure have a mobile application or that it at least looks good on mobile devices. The working group decided that the audiences for any mobile application we create will be 1) students, 2) faculty, and 3) prospective students. The working group also participated in a few webinars including one for the D2L mobile application service. The working group will meet again on February 17.
  5. Imaging, document storage, and e-records management: Dupuis reported that since 2009 the campus copiers have had scanning capabilities and because of this the issue of how to maintain electronic documents has been increasing. The University offers three different file management systems: ImageNow, GBshare, and virtual drives. The Council had a general discussion about these systems.
  6. Next meeting: Monday, March 5, 3:30-4:30 pm
  7. Adjourned: 4:30 pm