MEMORANDUM To: Consortium for ITS Training and Education (CITE) Participants From: Phil Tarnoff, Kathleen Frankle Date: March 5, 1999 Re: February 25th Meeting We had a very productive meeting in Pittsburgh last week. Decisions were made on several important topics. See below for a summary of the demonstrations, discussions and decisions. Instructional Technologies Demonstrations and Discussion Carnegie Mellon hosted the meeting. They provided an overview of the Carnegie Mellon Driver Training and Safety Institute and showed us the National Guard training facilities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) gave a demonstration of several simulation modules that they have developed. These modules are used as hands-on learning techniques for students enrolled in RPI courses. They can be viewed on the web at www.academy.rpi.edu. If anyone has any questions about what RPI is doing, please contact Don Millard at email@example.com. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) gave a demonstration of the Virtual Readiness University project they are in process of developing for the Army National Guard Readiness Technology Support Program. The purpose of the project is to increase the readiness of the National Guard force by providing professional development and readiness training for personnel at the workplace or at home. Using the web, the program is able to increase access to training and improve its efficiency. The demonstration of the Virtual Readiness University consisted of several parts. One was the collaborative virtual workspace (CVW) which was designed to support work teams separated by time and space. It is persistent virtual space within which applications, documents and people exist in rooms, floors and buildings. It was designed this way because it is familiar to people and it is easy to understand and navigate. The second part of the Virtual Readiness University demonstration was Carnegie Mellon Online which consists of the development and presentation of web-based courses. Currently, Carnegie Mellon Online is used to deliver academic courses to CMU students. CMU has four courses currently on-line and is in the process of developing five others. Of those currently in development is an Engineering Economics course and the Army National Guard courses. You can visit Cranegie Mellon Online at http://online.web.cmu.edu/. If anyone has any questions about what Carnegie Mellon is doing, please contact either Sally Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan Rehak at email@example.com. Following the demonstrations, the group discussed the delivery mechanism that CITE will use for the Introduction to ITS course. It was proposed and the group agreed to try to use the Carnegie Mellon Online as the delivery mechanism for web-based instruction. The RPI simulation tools would be used within the CMU Online where appropriate. Phil Tarnoff and Kathy Frankle will work out the details and costs. Introduction to ITS Course Syllabus Antoine Hobeika, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, reviewed the draft two-semester Introduction to ITS course syllabus that was distributed to everyone prior to the meeting. Many of you who were unable to attend submitted your comments early and those comments were brought up during the discussion of the draft syllabus. A few edits were made and a final syllabus was approved. Process of Getting Courses into Participating Universities’ Curriculum It was determined that the Introduction to ITS course syllabus is not detailed enough for the universities to decide whether they will deliver the course or not. The group felt that a more detailed outline and a demonstration of how the course would look on-line would be necessary. Outstanding issues that were of concern included: testing, grading, projects/case studies, security and course content. The issue of timing was also raised as a concern. Everyone agreed that in order to get the Introduction to ITS course approved for the fall of 1999, they needed more information immediately. The question of schedule was raised with CMU who indicated that it would be virtually impossible to have a web-based course ready for fall 1999. In order to reach the fall 1999 deadline, the entire course would need to be completed by July 1 st so it could be reviewed, tested and debugged. The group agreed that it was necessary to push back the CITE schedule for a spring 2000 rollout of the Introduction to ITS course. However, it is important that CITE stay focused since a spring delivery is only possible if we keep a steady pace of development. The Curriculum Committee will coordinate with the course developers. It will be necessary for the developers to complete a detailed outline of their module(s) by mid to late March. The outline will need to include objectives, content outline, any special delivery techniques (ie. Video clips, simulation, etc.), exercises/problems, supporting illustrations, and any references and handouts. Business Model Dick Worrall, Chair of the Business Models Committee, presented an overview of the draft document that was distributed to everyone prior to the meeting. There was a lengthy discussion of the topic. With a few minor edits, the group approved the document. Once the edits are completed, the final Business Model will be distributed. Phil Tarnoff and Kathy Frankle presented a draft CITE Organizational Chart. With one edit, the group approved the chart. A copy of the final is attached. The group felt that the next step was to develop a Business Plan for CITE. Other Business A web site for CITE is currently under development by Kathy Frankle and Liana Montero. An`”under development” version was shown to the group. The web site will be posted in mid-March for everyone to review before it is finalized.