By Katherine Dobrenen
The Educational Technology (ET) Council was formed in fall 2007 as a replacement for the ETS (Education Technology Services) Advisory Board. The ET Council includes members from across Clemson University including all colleges as well as student government and administrative areas. The chair of the ET Council serves on the Information Technology (IT) Council and is the voice of faculty on the IT Council. Members serve for a two year term and can continue serving at the request of their college. Current membership is listed on the CCIT Web site at http://www.clemson.edu/ccit/about/committees/et_council.html.
The group meets approximately six times per year (three times during fall semester and three during spring semester) and provides valuable input into CCIT operations. Meetings generally include a presentation from a CCIT operations area, a discussion regarding the information presented, and recommendation from the group including future direction of the use or support of educational technology. Topics for discussion during the meetings surround faculty use of technology for teaching and learning.
Recent topics have included software licensing, classroom technology, data storage and the future of learning management systems. These topics were provided as feedback via the ET Council's survey of faculty regarding IT needs. The council's input has significantly contributed to the prioritization of classroom upgrades, and improvements to the course management system and CCIT communications.
If you would like to be involved in the ET Council, please contact your college or department representative (see the list on the web) or Industrial engineering professor Mary Beth Kurz, the 2009-10 ET Council chair.
Pam Mack, the 2008-09 ET Council chair, clearly sees the value of this service: "The ET Council seeks to represent the interests of faculty and all the parts of the university that deal most directly with teaching and students. We have made a difference in making sure those voices are heard when the university sets priorities for information technology."
Katherine Dobrenen is director of CCIT communication and the IT Customer Advocate.