Academic Planning Committee
November 13, 2008
3:45 p.m. - 126 Wing

 

1.  The Academic Planning Committee was called to order by Chair Senger at 3:45 p.m. Thursday November 13, 2008 in room 126 Wing.

2.  Committe members present:  Senger, Kastantin, Poulton, Glass, Sudhakaran, Czerwinski, Tiffany, Yu.
3.  MSP approve the minutes of October 23, 2008 meeting with correction of Chia-Chen Yu's name.
4.  Previously distributed to the committee by email from Chair Senger was a document that included 7 questions (see Oct 23 minutes) posed to certain on-line course proponents and the responses to those questions.  Various issues were discussed concerning those questions and responses and some additional issues that could be considered as part of APC charge.  The additional issues included:
a.  Why (what is the motivation) for courses to be offered on-line?  Committee members suggested the following possible motivations though there may be many others:  revenue generation for the sponsoring academic unit; credit hour generation for the sponsoring academic unit.
b.  Should there be some criteria applied to all on-line courses that would assure a degree of quality control in on-line course offerings that would be, to the extent possible, consistent with traditional classroom courses?  If so, should APC propose such criteria?  Tiffany discussed a pre-course test that is administered in SOC/ANT prior to admission to their capstone course.
c.  Should all on-line courses include some post-course test (evaluation, assessment or externally administered examination) that would indicate the extent to which the planned outcome of the on-line course was in fact achieved?
d.  Should APC further explore how on-line courses are actually conducted?  To this end:  via what media are on-line courses offered (e.g.D2L or other); is there any record of course progress produced and retained for future consideration either by students, prospective students, or those charged with academic governance (internal and external to UWL).  After the meeting Kastantin and Poulton had a brief discussion with Terry Wirkus who has considerable knowledge and skills in among other things, on-line course delivery media and record keeping/archive possibilities for such on-line courses.)
5.  Further to point 4d above Chair Senger will extend invitations to one or more on-line course proponents to attend one or more APC meetings.  The purpose of such invitations is to ask those who accept to briefly overview:  the decision process to offer a course on-line; how target student audiences are determined; via what media the course is delivered; whether any records of the course are retained within the media that would facilitate future review either by students or those charged with governance; how the course is actually conducted (activities and interactions between faculty and student); what method is used to determine course grades; what post-course evaluation or other assessment is administered and the results therefrom.  Various approaches were discussed on which on-line course proponents should be invited.  For example should APC only invite Gen Ed course proponents (offering on-line Gen Ed courses) or should invitations be extended to any course proponent included on the list of on-line courses that was distributed for the October 23 APC meeting?
6.  The next APC meetings are tentatively scheduled for Thursday December 4 and 11 at 3:45 p.m. room 126 Wing.  It is hoped that at least one of these meetings will include proponents discussed in point 5.  Additionally the Medical Dosimetry program will present its proposal at the December 11 meeting.
7.  Meeting adjourned at approximately 4:45. 

Respectfully submitted on November 15, 2008 by
Joseph T. Kastantin
Secretary