Management Advisory Committee
for Academic Learning Technologies
Prof Judyth Sachs (Chair), DVC (Provost) A/Prof Maree Gosper, Learning & Teaching Centre
Mr Marc Bailey, CIO Prof John Hedberg, Chair ICT in Education
Ms Maxine Brodie, University Librarian Ms Suzanne Kelly, Director Student Business and System Solutions
Mr Andrew Burrell, Director COE Prof Nick Mansfield, Dean Higher Degree Research
A/Prof Steve Cassidy, Assoc Dean (L&T), Faculty of Science A/Prof David Pitt, Actuarial Studies, Faculty of Business & Economics
Mr Terrence Collins, Manager Learning Systems and Services A/Prof Ian Solomonides, Director, Learning & Teaching Centre
Prof Julie Fitness, Chair, Academic Senate A/Prof Sherman Young, Assoc Dean (L&T), Faculty of Arts
Ms Karen Davies, Moodle Implementation Project Manager
Ms Barb McLean, Executive Officer
Mr Doug Stewart, Facilities Management
Prof John Hedberg, Chair ICT in Education
Prof Nick Mansfield, Dean Higher Degree Research
A/Prof David Pitt, FBE
Prof Judyth Sachs, DVC (Provost), Chair
2.00p.m.-3.00p.m. Monday 13th December 2010, Meeting Rooms 1 and 2, level 2, E11A
Prof Julie Fitness in the Chair
1. Minutes of the Meeting 8 November 2010 and Business Arising Adopted
2. Moodle Implementation http://www.mq.edu.au/ltc/projects/learn2012/index.htm KD
Ms Davies spoke to her tabled document Learn2012 Moodle Learning Management
Status Report December 2012. The Project Reference Group and Implementation
Steering Group, a sub-committee of MACALT, has commenced meeting fortnightly.
The LTC and Project Team are interviewing to build the Project Team ready for a
January commencement for the Project. The project team is finalising the Project
Plan for presentation to the Learn 2012 Steering Group. It is expected that the Project
Plan, with associated budgets, will be brought to the February meeting of MACALT
for adoption. A/Prof Solomonides noted that a Project Issues and Risk Register is
also being kept.
The Technical Stream of the Project is meeting regularly with Netspot and
Informatics to develop the High Level Milestones for the Project. Once this has been
adopted it will be placed on the Learn 2012 Wiki https://wiki.mq.edu.au/display/learn2012/Welcome
The Leading the Change Team have developed a Communications and Change
Management Plan and are finalising the development of a Resource Plan and
identifying staff to become Moodle champions in the faculties. In early 2011 this
team will commence working with OUA to develop Business Rules and templates.
Ms Davies tabled a paper on the OUA units selected for the two Moodle Pilot
Studies. These units have been signed off by the relevant Assoc Deans (L&T). The
meeting adopted the Pilot listed OUA units. Adopted
A/Prof Solomonides foreshadowed the need for MACALT to discuss, in its February
meeting, the incorporation of an Objects Repository into the Moodle Project. It is
anticipated that it will take a year of consultation to define the University-wide
requirements. In the light of this, the Print On-Demand Working Group has changed
its name to become the Materials Working Group.
Ms Davies tabled a paper on Online Assignment submission and management which
recommended that online assignment submission be brought into the scope of the
Moodle Project. This paper was adopted by MACALT. Adopted
Mr Stewart reported that accommodation has been found for the Moodle
Implementation Team, at least for the first 6 months of 2011.
Mr Bailey suggested that the Moodle Project take advantage of the OnePlan software.
2.1. Collaborative Conferencing System MG
A/Prof Gosper tabled a paper on the results of the Emerging Technologies Grants
and flagged a 2011 Review of the Scheme. A final report of an Emerging
Technologies Grant on Web Collaboration and Conferencing recommended that
this facility be incorporated into Moodle in a later stage of the Project. Mr Bailey
mentioned that experts from Google Chat Video are interested to meet with
academics using this technology to develop the academic usability of their
product. Mr Bailey will liaise with the Assoc Deans (L&T) to determine the
appropriate staff to involve in this discussion.
A/Prof Gosper informed the meeting that she will be taking OSP leave for the first
half of 2011 and in her absence A/Prof Sherman Young will be leading the
Blueprint for the Future Project.
3. 2011 Capital Expenditure Budget MB
Mr Bailey reported that the money available for the 2011 Capex Budget has been
finalised but the list of projects is still to be finalised.
He also reported that the Virtual Lab Project will be resuscitated possibly taking
advantage of the proposed Google G drive which will allow students to save their
materials (e.g. their e-portfolios) on an accessible server, even beyond their time as a
student at Macquarie (assuming we maintain their student account). However, as it
cannot be determined where data will be stored, this is only of use for students (due to
the US Patriot Act).
Mr Bailey reported that the digital signage project (OneVision) which provides for
syndicated or local content transmitted to screens across campus, has been agreed by
4. Report on ACODE54 For Information
5. Learning Systems and Services: 2010 (YTD) Statistics For Information
6. Next Meeting
2.00-3.30p.m. Monday 7th February 2011, Function Room E11A