INFORMATION RESOURCES COUNCIL
Minutes
November 19, 2008
 

Present:         Joerg Bibow, Jennifer Bonner, Ruth Copans, John Cosgrove, Beth DuPont, Ann Henderson, Susan Kress, Ryan Ong, Michelle Paquette, Justin Sipher, Mike West

Guests:          Robin Adams, Dung-Lan Chen, Leanne Casale, Sharon Clemmey, Kelly Dempsey-Little, Dan Forbush, Ben Harwood, Muriel Poston, John Weber

Welcome

Susan Kress opened the meeting at 2:00 p.m. by welcoming all the committee members and guests. 

Approval of Minutes

Susan asked whether there were any changes to the minutes of the meeting held on November 5, 2008.  Hearing none, she announced that the minutes were approved and will be posted on the IRC website. She thanked Debbie for taking the minutes.

Spring, 2009 Meeting Dates

The committee discussed the Spring, 2009 meeting dates.  It was suggested that more students might attend if the meetings were held later in the day.  After reviewing teaching schedules for some of the committee members, it was suggested that Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 might be a possible meeting time.  Debbie Peterson will follow-up with the committee members to finalize a meeting time with the understanding that members will be generous with the time they are not teaching.

ECAR Student Survey Results

Justin Sipher showed a PowerPoint presentation of the results of a survey conducted by the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research on students’ use of information technology.  This survey was conducted from February 15, 2008 through April 7, 2008 and targeted first-year and senior classes.  Of the 700 Skidmore students surveyed, 233 responses were received.

Questions raised by the survey concerned computer ownership (desktop v. laptop), mobile internet accessibility and use, internet access and use, instant and text messaging use, social networking use, online computer game use, use of the library website, internet search skills, knowledge of legal issues concerning access and use of digital information, use of information technology in the classroom, and availability of online courses.  For complete details of the PowerPoint presentation, please see attached.

In discussing the responses to this survey, John Weber indicated there was a survey carried out by two students in April, 2007, about Facebook which had 800 responses.  A very high percent said they were looking at Facebook 15 or more times a day.  John will try to get the information from the survey for the committee.

The committee discussed the use of social networking tools to disseminate academic information. Susan noted there were some concerns about privacy issues, the relationship of internal information and external information, etc. that the faculty would like to discuss further.

Muriel noted that it would be worth having a broader conversation about technology changes over these four undergraduate years and the ways these shifts should impact pedagogy.  Perhaps Justin and IT folks could discuss these results further in a faculty meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:06 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 in DANA 181 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Debra L.  Peterson
Executive Administrative Assistant