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2015 fCoP Update: Lead Spotlight

September 8, 2015
fCoP Update

This update is part of a series dedicated to informing the U of M community about this year's formal communities of practice (fCoPs). As part of the annual IT governance process, fCoPs are developed by IT leadership and charged with specific work and clear scope. Past fCoPs have included work to advance projects like ESUP, information security, and video and collaboration. Every year, fCoPs comprise staff from throughout the University, and anyone interested in the topic area can join an fCoP.


Academic Technologies:

This fCoP will advance and mature the use of the Technology Hype Cycle for Education to help the University community collaboratively select and pilot new technologies supporting student-centered learning at UMN.

Criteria for success include:

  • Create an inventory of academic technology tools and services and post online in a central location for the University community.
  • Develop and implement a process for selecting and piloting new academic technologies.
  • Pilot this process to select two technologies for evaluation in 2016.
  • Select and fund pilots for two academic technologies in the coming year.

This fCoP is being led by:
Kate Martin, Assistant Director at the Center for Educational Innovation

As one of the assistant directors at the Center for Educational Innovation, Kate shares responsibility for ensuring high quality initiatives, services and programming that support the University's teaching community. In partnership with both academic and central support units, she collaborates on the design and facilitation of workshops, faculty learning communities, and teaching-related events. Kate began at the Center in 1997 as an instructor and consultant. She has co-designed and taught online and blended graduate courses in the International TA Program, co-created an innovative faculty development program for Internationalizing Teaching and Learning, and co-developed teamwork.umn.edu, a self-guided resource to promote student success on course-based projects. Kate has an MA in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language), a Bachelor of Arts in speech communications and certification in both project management and administration of the Intercultural Development Inventory. She has lived and worked abroad in Spain and India.

Kate hopes that the Academic Technology community of practice will have a strong, positive impact on educational practice at the U of M. "On behalf of the Provost's Office, I'm looking forward to this opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and faculty from across the University on the processes that lead to recommendations to academic leadership for selecting and piloting academic technologies that support achievement of learning outcomes and delivery of course content."

For more information about the Academic Technology fCoP, or to join this initiative, click here.


Analytics & Data Integration:

This fCoP will improve the University's ability to make data-driven decisions by researching common business needs, sharing best practices, and creating enterprise service recommendations around data integration and end-user analytics.

Criteria for success include:

  • Identify and deliver a list of common use cases.
  • Define the functional requirements for the identified use cases.
  • Create a sustainable data definition practice and repository.

This fCoP is being led by:
Ingrid Nuttall, Director of Academic Records in Academic Support Resources (ASR)

Since 2013, Ingrid Nuttall has been proud to serve as the Director of Academic Records in Academic Support Resources. Prior to her current position, Ingrid oversaw the communications, training, and graduate student services teams in ASR. Ingrid is a U of M alum, with a bachelor's in history and a master's in mass communications, and has over 10 years of experience at the University improving processes and systems with the goal of supporting the student experience. Ingrid is actively involved regionally and nationally in her profession, promoting information technology best practices through the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Ingrid was recognized for her efforts by AACRAO when she was awarded the Exemplary New Member award, and has also earned exemplary service awards from AACRAO's regional organization.

Ingrid hopes that the Analytics & Data Integration community of practice will facilitate a productive conversation around the University's data and analytics needs and practices. "There are many forums and individuals already focused on this topic, and I hope we can share best practices, identify gaps, and recommend changes to take advantage of our resources and efforts. Ultimately, it's about improving our ability to use and share data."

For more information about the Analytics & Data Integration fCoP, or to join this initiative, click here.


Application Delivery:

Charged with ensuring that students at the University of Minnesota have access to the tools and technologies they need for an exceptional learning experience, this fCoP will develop a strategic plan and good management practices for virtual desktop and application delivery. This fCoP will recommend policies and procedures related to virtual desktop and application services, define service needs and expectations, create durable relationships and working groups, and identify strategic applications or use-cases.

Criteria for success include:

  • A 3-year roadmap for service development, delivery, and refinement.
  • A responsive framework for service governance and operations.
  • A work plan for Year 1 goals and objectives.

This fCoP is being led by:
Jim MacDonald, Director of Information Technology for the College of Science and Engineering

A University of Minnesota alum, Jim MacDonald has worked at the U of M in a variety of roles, including Junior Scientist, Assistant Director of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and currently Director of Information Technology for the College of Science and Engineering. Jim holds Bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering (1983) and computer science (1984), and has been published in a variety of academic journals and conference proceedings.

Leading the Application Delivery fCoP, Jim hopes to develop a service that is student-centered and indispensably useful. "I hope that this fCoP leads to a service that the students find so useful that they can't imagine doing without it, that faculty encourage its use, and IT staff have confidence that this service will produce the results they need."

For more information about the Application Delivery fCoP, or to join this initiative, click here.