Meeting Notes - Nov 27, 2020


  • Assignment: bold indicates a delegated task
  • Recommendations: italics


  • Sandra Dixon, Lorraine Beaudin, Lance Grigg, Ken Heidebrecht, Josh Markle, Scott Powell, Marlo Steed
  • Regrets:  Craig Loewen, Jeff Meadows (Teaching Centre)


Technology Support - Scott

  • Scott reported on the upgrade to Big Sur (OS 11.0) and suggested that we don't upgrade yet because of a few incompatibilities (creating disk images).

IT Support - Ken

  • Ken reported on meetings attended and efforts to reach out to individuals and support online instruction in the Faculty
  • He had set up a common area for resources (on Moodle).
  • He has also reviewed the Online Teaching survey results.

Chair (Marlo):

  • reported on the items for action from the last meeting - all of those had been accomplished
  • the significant outcome was freeing up Ken to support online instruction in the Faculty

Teaching Centre (Jeff):

  • NA

Items for Information

  • NA

Items for Action

Adjudication of Technology Innovation Fund Proposal

  • There were to proposals presented at this meeting (both individuals were excused from the deliberation portion of the meeting).  
  • One proposal was from Josh Markle for a Wacom tablet and pen to facilitate his online instruction.  This proposal was discussed and approved.
  • Another proposal was from Ken Heidebrecht for robotic kits to support computation learning through various courses (Ed 3508 and electives).  This was discussed and approved.  The committee recommended that he consider the timing of the purchase since the items would probably be used post-COVID.  This concern was shared with Ken and agreed that he will hold off making any purchases till Fall.
  • The total of both proposals exceeded the limit for this adjudication round but it was noted that we have not funded any proposals through the discretionary part of the fund, so it was determined that the unspent discretionary fund could cover the difference.
  • Both proposers have been notified.