In attendance: Balint, Blood, Branthoover, Brzycki, Chiarulli, Donley, Giever, Kornfeld, McDevitt, McElroy, McFerron, Onyett, Pankaj, Reed, Sherwood, Smith, Woodland, Yuhas, Yost.

Excused: Asamoah, Dadson, Gruber, Janosko, McCoy, O'Neil, Pagnucci, VanWieren.

Absent: Gillham, Kemp.


Approval of Minutes from the November 5, 2008 Meeting.

The minutes were approved as posted on the ACPAC website.

Co-Chairs' Report:

Financial Report

Rick McFerron provided this report:

Balance in SAP: $29,741.44
07-08 balance: 4,552.63
Expected balance: $34,294.07


No changes in the membership.


No announcements.

Standing Reports:

Report from the On-line Learning Subcommittee (Brzycki)

Paper copy of report distributed. (recommendation). Significant discussion regarding On-line Learning sub-committee's recommendation of Moodle as the new Learning Management System. The primary focus was on functionality. Discussion regarding technical issues and safety of the system. The wording of the draft recommendation to the Provost discussed. Revisions suggested specifically regarding the final paragraph.

  1. There are concerns/issues related to implementation. PASSHE has an RFP out regarding the LMS platform. IUP is supportive of a common platform but IUP's server should be housed at IUP.
  2. Note that IUP was not allowed to evaluate commercial products other than Blackboard as a LMS, this was based upon an agreement with PASSHE in 2007.
  3. Concrete timeline will be shared with ACPAC at the February meeting

Report from the Emerging Technologies Subcommittee (Onyett)

No report.

Report from the Student Operations Group (Pankaj)

Four items currently under review

  1. SSN masking software
  2. Registrar sending new students their banner ID's via letter
  3. GPA calculator
  4. On-line housing system

Report from the CIO office (Balint)

No report.

Report from Funds Review Subcommittee (McFerron)

A document announcing the ACPAC Technological Exploration and Innovation Fund awards for 08-09 was distributed and discussed. Some changes were adopted regarding the dates. ACPAC approved the document. McFerron will make changes and send electronic copies to ACPAC members. Faculty representatives are asked to share this announcement with their respective colleges. McFerron will also send a copy of this announcement to each college dean and college technology manager.

In addition, McFerron will draft a message to be sent to all faculty. That message will be reviewed by ACPAC before being sent.

Plans are underway for the spring ACPAC Innovation Forum likely to be held in conjunction with Research Appreciation Week.

The Subcommittee presented an idea to create an award for Excellence in On-line Teaching. This idea will be developed and brought back to ACPAC in a more formal manner.

Report from the Student Computing Subcommittee (McDevitt)

  1. Appreciate the increased bandwidth at both main and regional campuses
  2. This semester there has not been any issues regarding recording industry and sharing of music
  3. Wireless access has significantly increased
  4. Anti-spam - students are going to be allowed to opt in next quarter

Reports from the Action Teams:

Training/Professional Development Team -- Smith, Convener

Discussion of goals for this action team. Suggestions from team:

  1. IT tool kit - needs defined - online, functionality, classrooms etc.
  2. Documents updated as migrated from old website
  3. Publicity for IT related workshops/resources - help for faculty
  4. Writing center model for IT support - ultimately related to the Student Affairs "Student Success Center"
  5. Review of specialized software

Qualitative Research Tools Team -- Giever, Convener

Reviewed 2 software packages - Recommendation expected by March.

Digital Repository Team -- Sherwood, Convener

Exploring test installs after the first of the year.

Open Source Software Team -- Sherwood, Convener

TOT is looking at and working with recommendations from ACPAC regarding recommended document formats. Await feedback from TOT.

PRS Team -- McFerron, Convener

No report.

New Business:

E-mail quotas

Deferred to next meeting.

Old Business:

IT Service Levels in Colleges

Awaiting response from TOT (Technology Operations Team).

Other Business:

Recommendations for Improving Internal IUP Communications Tools (Sherwood)

Ken Sherwood shared a document that included suggestions for improving internal communications. IT Services will respond to the document. This will be brought back as an old business item at the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:37 PM.

Next Meeting: February 4, 2009


Prepared by Bill Balint with notes from Lynnan Mocek.