Teaching, Learning, Technology Roundtable - St. Cloud State University

Teaching, Learning, Technology Roundtable

TLTR Notes for 5/1/09
In attendance:  Kristi Tornquist, J.C. Turner, Casey Wagner, Eric Dietz, Wade Nelson,  Phil Thorson, Mark Kotcho, Carol Rose, Jim Pesta, Kristin Lyman

Conclusion of dial-up service
The dial-up service proposal previously discussed at TLTR was reviewed by the President, Vice Presidents and the Deans. After consideration of use and cost, it has been decided to discontinue dial-up service.  Plans are continuing to move forward with this.

  • It is important to be attentive to users and assist them in finding other solutions.
  • Calls and notices will continue to be sent out to aid users in this process.
  • Faculty have the option to use their professional development funds to pay for internet service at home.
  • A comment was made that this is the right thing to do.
  • What lessons can be learned about the process of discontinuing services for when decisions like these are made in the future?

The D2L and Web services downtime on Sunday, May 3rd was not a planned downtime. There was a concern raised about the backup on this system.

A project plan sheet for SCSU Check Point (formerly Pointsec) was distributed.

  • Check Point licensing is the encryption for Windows and Macintosh platforms.  A critical part of this is a need to focus on the backup systems.
  • The funding for this is through the OoC, Respondance Browser is not part of this funding.
  • The question was asked, is there a need to reconfirm funding of encryption? As of 1 month ago this funding was still in place. Everything Kristi has heard on this is that the funding will continue.
  • A question was asked if there is pressure to encrypt Macs.
    • Q3 is the next release from Macintosh
    • Current encryption is not viable
    • Until new encryption is available, we may want to look at an open source. There would be no license fees or ongoing costs for this.
  • This subject is currently at TPR and then will go to Presidents Council.

Casual computing

  • Student Technology Fee has been working on this project for a year.
  • This project includes the following:
    • comfortable seating
    • plasma TV
    •  kiosk style computers
    • Locations near current computer labs for support purposes
    • no printers are planned at this time
  • Three locations are being planned including-
    • Wick Science lobby (display cases will be removed)
    • Stewart Hall 3rd floor
    • Education Building foyer in front of Dean’s Office
  • A design option was presented.
    • Users could bring their own computer
    • Power would be provided
    • No power to the tables
    • Steward Hall has lighting concerns to address
  • Additional non-tech fee locations would include-             
    •  Garvey (food areas)
    •  Administrative Services (1st floor lobby)

Virtual Lab

  • This is an online way to get applications and for users to remotely access software they do not have.
  • The Virtual labs are a partnership between Tech Fee and the University
  • In a recent survey, a question was asked on virtual labs and about 50% of the 500 students surveyed have not used this.
    • There is a need to do more to get the word out
    • During Fall convocation a virtual lab demonstration may be an option
  • There is still work being done on the software licensing issues
  • What are the limits on this?
    • 200 users are able to use it, but there may be other limitations
    • Bandwidth may be a limitation
  • Currently, there are about 60 users per week with much of it being nighttime hours.

This was the last meeting for FY 09.


Meeting notes – Sheila Landucci