Goals and Projects 2012-13
ILS goals are developed annually based on strategic directions and current needs of the college. Highlights of FY 2013 goals include:
Teaching, Learning and Research
Conduct systematic outreach with the faculty, looking for opportunities to improve services and collections, and promote/support creativity, experimentation and innovation.
Work with President Spencer and other campus leaders to create a faculty and staff team to explore ways to support and enhance innovative pedagogy at Bates.
Strengthen partnerships with Writing at Bates and Math & Statistics Workshop. Experiment with new and enhanced shared services with Library and other ILS units.
Plan and implement renovation of Ladd Library for near term needs.
Work with faculty members to extend use of Google Apps for Education for classroom and research use.
Test new course management systems to find next iteration of Lyceum, to account for end of Moodle 1.9x.
Explore and potentially expand and extend use of “classroom capture” technology for instructional and administrative use.
Technology for the entire campus
Support Campus Connect communications project, phase 2: events scheduler, public calendar, integration of Banner course information and Google calendar, listserv revision/replacement, campus portal.
Implement productivity/efficiency improvements:
- Degree Audit for students and advisors (DegreeWorks)
- Electronic document management system for admission applications
- New performance development system to replace Success Factors (Talent Management)
- Banner self-service for advancement officers
- Hyperion 11 for reporting
- Re-implement electronic access control systems, upgrade technology
- Enable student enrollment petitioning process through Garnet Gateway
- Provide technology support for management dashboards
- Work with Finance to identify credit card vendor (PCI compliant) for the college, and implement secure data transmission to Banner
Explore alternate ways to provide “public” computing services for the campus, including virtual desktops, enhanced bring-your-own-device strategies and other alternatives.
Refine and extend live streaming services for campus events, athletic contests and academic applications.
Mobile connectivity on and off the campus
Upgrade wireless systems for the campus. Phase 1 for FY2013 includes the large residence halls which have not been recently built or renovated (Smith, Adams, the Village, JB, Rand, Page, 280 College, Parker).
Complete and implement plans to upgrade network switches to support enhanced wireless and other services
Explore curricular and research use of portable devices and mobile apps.
Continue web development with possible mobile apps or views. Explore possible mobile apps or views for Garnet Gateway, library and Bates web presence.
Expand VPN service for off-campus access to data. Implement security requirements implied by this change.
Implement encryption option for laptops and other mobile devices where possible.
Management and partnerships
Refine electronic thesis project with faculty committee and faculty advisors.
Extend use of digital repository (SCARAB) for academic and administrative documents and other digital assets.
Assess and revise budgets and schedules for technology replacement, software maintenance, network switch replacement, and cable TV/phone/Internet services . Propose revised budget model.
Re-examine basics of student printing with environmental and student groups.
Explore alternative technology platforms for CBB, NExpress, MaineCat and Maine archives connections with state and regional library partners, and MaineRen and I2 computing partners.