Advisory Committees and Working Groups
The Academic Affairs Application Oversight Committee (AAAOC) partners with schools and other provostial departments to implement and support information systems in accordance with best practices. This includes advocating for project requests with the Process and Institutional Priority Committee (PIP). PIP oversees the allocation of VUIT’s Application Infrastructure (AI) and Application Development and Integration (ADI) resources.
The Associate Deans Advisory Panel on Classroom Technology identifies classroom technology needs by partnering with faculty stakeholders to emphasize technology facilitated pedagogy, evaluate and recommend the prioritization of life cycle and break/fix funding in all schools excluding the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine, communicate effectively to the university community about classroom technology, and strategize and develop innovative tier four (4) classrooms in partnership with Vanderbilt University Information Technology (VUIT).
The Brightspace Advisory Committee provides advice and input into policy matters and strategic planning for Vanderbilt’s primary course management system. The committee also reviews and recommends educational technologies related to Brightspace and serves a liaison function to campus constituencies regarding Brightspace.
The Data Science Visions Working Group leverages Vanderbilt's many assets and strengths in "big data" and "data science", which will help to ensure that the university is positioned for continued success in these areas. The working group, which is comprised of faculty from each of Vanderbilt's schools and colleges, will develop a vision for the university that will chart the path ahead. By engaging the Vanderbilt community, the working group will be better equipped to identify key thematic areas and educational programs to advance as well as to identify opportunities for alignment and coordination across campus for greater impact.
The Desktop Support Faculty Advisory Committee provides guidance on policy decisions related to desktop support (individuals’ computers) including local support and managed systems. Policies of discussion may include but are not limited to localization of resources, hours of support, replacement and equipment management.
Vanderbilt students should reach the end of their academic career equipped with the skills needed to thrive as well-informed citizens; this includes the ability to both consume and produce information in a thoughtful and reflexive way. In addition to the emphasis on standard written and oral communication skills that Vanderbilt students receive as part of their education, there is an increasing need to develop a strategic approach to teaching digital communication skills. The members of this committee are charged with (1) providing a definition of digital literacy that will apply to undergraduate, graduate and professional students in the context of their degree programs and professions, and (2) recommending curricular and co-curricular initiatives to facilitate the development of the digitally literate student.
The Educational Technology Effectiveness Committee works to enhance and promote trans-institutional research and curricular innovation in educational technologies.
The Faculty Senate Online Education Task Force advises the Faculty Senate on the university’s online education strategy and its effective implementation consistent with faculty rights, roles, and responsibilities, and faculty preparedness for participating in and contributing to online education. In addition, it shall develop recommendations specifically for: a) clarifying the policies for intellectual property rights in online education, b) fostering an open equitable process for the selection of faculty and courses, c) evaluating any proposed plan for recognizing online courses for credit, including courses offered through professional Master’s programs, d) consideration of how online courses should be factored in to the normal teaching load of faculty, and e) engaging faculty colleagues across the university on issues related to online education. Given the unpredictable trajectory of online education, the taskforce shall have the flexibility to take up emergent issues related to online education that it deems significant from a faculty viewpoint; for example, the task force may want to consider faculty interests as related to the use of online content to replace traditional textbooks in on-campus classrooms. The task force will be charged with providing, at minimum, quarterly updates to the Senate on its progress on the issues above.
The Library Digital Projects Support Committee selects and prioritizes the various digital initiatives of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. The committee has oversight over all aspects of library-supported digital projects, ranging from information organization to digital preservation.
This Committee reviews and monitors the activities of the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization for matters relating to the administration of the University Policy on Technology and Literary and Artistic Works, in accordance with the provisions for the administration of that policy.
The Advisory Board for the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) is charged with advising VIDL on general and specific matters relating to its function on campus, and with serving in an ambassador position for VIDL to the larger Vanderbilt community. In general, the board should expect to offer advice about the types of services VIDL should offer. Specifically, the board will help rank applications received for Faculty Innovation Program grants and will help rank proposals for other services. Finally, board members are expected to be familiar enough with the services offered by VIDL that they can help “spread the word” to other faculty about VIDL and the services it provides.
The Educational Technology Strategy Committee makes operational and strategic decisions in support of the Academic Strategic Plan to resource and implement the recommendations of the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) Advisory Board, Center for Teaching (CFT) working groups, and faculty advisory groups to advance educational technology and digital learning at Vanderbilt.
The Task Force for Course Evaluation Completion identifies strategies to assist with completion rates, and develops implementation plan(s) and timelines that could synchronize with an anticipated roll-out of new course evaluation questions and technology.
The Teaching Evaluation Finalization Task Force formulates recommendations for the finalization and implementation of the new Teaching Evaluation Instrument in light of the feedback obtained from each of the four undergraduate schools.