1. Approval of the Agenda
There were changes to the agenda. Peter Conlon was not available for the Campus IT Survey Update. This will be sent to members electronically. The Green Computing Task Group Terms of Reference was not available and was deferred to the next meeting. The Update on the Wireless Deployment on Campus was presented before Business Arising. The agenda was approved as changed.
2. Wireless Deployment on Campus – Jim Lennie
Jim reviewed the progress of the Wireless Deployment since his last report to ISC. The question was raised as to how the group felt about the impact of the WLAN on teaching spaces. This prompted discussion of classroom management.
Mike said he would present the issue of mobile computing and classroom management to VPAC.
The issue of wireless access for the Atrium of the Science Complex was raised.
CCS will over the next few months begin work on a revised deployment strategy for a campus wide wireless network fully integrated into our existing wired network. The plan will include deployment schedules as well as a cost estimate for the project. The intent will be to seek ISC’s support for the proposal in November prior to submitting it for consideration as part of the Campus Integrated Planning process. In the meantime CCS will continue to enable the addition of local wireless hotspots to respond to the needs of specific departments or units. These additions will be congruent with the proposed campus wide plan.
Jim will return to ISC in November with the revised deployment schedule.
3. Business Arising
Campus Information and Accessibility – Chuck Cunningham
Chuck explained that he had met with an ad hoc group including, Aldo Caputo, Stuart Robertson and Bo Wandschneider to address Item 3.2h from the “Report on Measures to Identify, Remove and Prevent Barriers to People with Disabilities” from the Dec. 15/04 meeting. Item 3.2h states “The University’s Information Services Committee should review current policy and practice concerning the media and formats in which information is released and disseminated by the University in order to ensure full accessibility. The Information Services Committee should report aback to the Committee on its findings and recommendations.”
The group went on to meet with Athol Gow from the Library and Chuck had further contact with Peter Physick-Sheard and Bruno Mancini. It was agreed that the next step in this item would be to conduct focus groups with members of the campus community in order to better identify any issues/barriers related to accessing information. To this end, the group will work with Athol to organized focus groups once students return to campus.
The ad hoc group also discussed Guidelines and Best Practices for faculty when presenting information to students and there was discussion regarding the Universal Instructional Design project and TSS.
The focus group will continue to take this forward.
4. Identity Management – Kent Percival
Kent reviewed the Digital Identity Management Strategies, Policies and Architecture. There was discussion as to how the information would be managed and the complex nature of this task.