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below archived 1/7/04.
is tasked with recommending CMS for ECC
ATC has been tasked with making a recommendation by the end of March
on a single Course Management System for the coming year. DEAC has
already made a recommendation (Blackboard), but the ATC is also
being asked to do so in order to ensure broader input.
be calling a meeting for the 2nd week of the Spring semester. In
the meantime, here are the statistics on Fall 2003 usage - at least
the usage that goes through the CVC. The record for ETUDES is complete,
since all ETUDES hosting is covered by CVC funds. But there are
colleges that have struck independent deals with Blackboard and
WebCT - and that do their own hosting. We don't have a count for
(the Foothill College CMS) - in use by 25 colleges during Fall 2003.
There were 18,241 student accounts. At some of those colleges, certain
faculty were using another CMS. Foothill has said that 40 colleges
are participating in ETUDES in some fashion, but some of those institutions
subscribed to the "ETUDES Alliance (~$7,000) last year in order
to hedge their bets for the future.
Blackboard - There were 357 courses being offered by 11 colleges
using this CMS during Fall 2003, with a total of 9,128 student accounts.
WebCT - 17 Colleges used WebCT to deliver 643 courses. There were
15,489 student accounts statewide.
WebCT is likely still the leader, given the fact that there are
districts using it outside the CVC framework. ETUDES is likely now
in second place. [1/6/04]
Technology Software orders have been processed
latest information we have is that requisitions were submitted just
before the Christmas break for all items recommended for purchase
by the ATC. [1/6/04]
Reorganization of ECC Technology Committees!
memo from President Fallo was distributed Tuesday, Oct. 7th, at
the Dean's Council and at Academic Senate describing the new membership
structure of the ATC and the ECCTC. Changes to the ECCTC are minor,
but Council members and Senators expressed serious concern at the
changes to the ATC.
The new ATC would consist of 5 members appointed by the Academic
Senate and by the VP of Academic Affairs. However, due to the response
by academic Deans and by the Senate, membership changes were limited
to the addition of 3 new members: the Director of Humanities (new
co-chair), Director of Special Resource Center, and Acting Director
of Learning Resources Unit. [1/6/04]
Software Selected for Purchase
the Oct. 3rd meeting, members of the ATC finalized prioritizing
software requests for purchase this Fall.
Divisions began identifying critical software needs last Spring
and were asked to prioritize those needs early this semester. Since
then, ATC members have worked diligently to identify applications
that are needed across the college so that savings can be found
by purchasing in bulk.
Members are now working to pull together everything needed to submit
Visual Equipment Bond Purchases Board Approved!
for the El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees for
Measure "E" Bond Fund
for Content Managed Website Project
Spring, 2003, the Academic Technology Committee developed a proposal
for content management of the Academic Affairs website. At the request
of the department responsible for the ECC website, the ATC proposal
was broadened to apply to the entire public ECC website.
Although we have not seen it, we understand that in August or September
a task force named by Cabinet submitted a proposal to Cabinet that
included the following:
- contract with outside company to update ECC Website
- retain 40% fte website support staff (included in ATC proposal)
or contract for software/service to facilitate and manage distributed
responsibility for content editing (included in ATC proposal)
- at some time in future, set up consulting body (included as 1st
step of ATC proposal)
No announcement has been made about when or how much of the task
force proposal will be implemented.
Content Managed Website Proposal draft
Academic Resources Project
Spring, 2003, the Academic Technology Committee began a long-term
systematic review of academic resources across the college. This
project first came about due to the need for up-to-date information
to use in updating the College Technology Plan and in developing
a more comprehensive and long-term view of costs in these times
of budget reductions.
Media Specialist Job announcement!!!
is an example of a job description that might fit our needs here
at El Camino. It's posted here for reference.
State Univ. job announcement
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