Steering Committee Charter

PURPOSE

The Learning Management Environment Steering Committee identifies opportunities and provides recommendations regarding the tools and functionality  of  University-wide learning technologies.  Drawing on expertise in both technology and pedagogy, the Steering Committee seeks to provide guidance in the development of robust environments for learning, discovery, and engagement for faculty and students that are grounded in sound principles of learning and practice.  This group will also engage in substantive research and discussions that deal with the important role that learning technology plays in various educational modalities in play at Northeastern University.

Representing the NU Community, Learning Management Environment Steering Committee will be charged with:

  • Identifying opportunities for improvement by creating efficiencies, expanding access to technology and improving support in the LME
  • Identifying opportunities for innovation in teaching and learning enabled by educational technologies that integrate to the LME
  • Providing a forum where faculty, staff, students and administrators can present learning technology requests and requirements for research and review.
  • Providing guidance and make recommendations regarding any significant issues that may arise with the use of educational technologies by students and faculty.
  • Developing recommendations that guide a more holistic approach for identification, implementation, communication and support around institutional teaching and learning systems and services.
  • Providing recommendations regarding University policy that pertain to the application and use of technology in teaching and learning
  • Participating in university-wide initiatives that impact teaching and learning technologies
  • With ITS & Provostial sponsorship, submit proposals and/or recommendations for enterprise level initiatives to Senior Leadership Team for review and approval

Responsibilities

  • Attend and fully participate in committee meetings
  • Provide information, consulting and assistance to members of their group on matters of teaching learning technology for the area they represent.
  • Serve on subcommittees or special assignments as needed.
  • Inform and advocate to their college or school regarding opportunities or technologies discussed in LMESC.

Additional Committee Support:

Information Technology Services staff will participate and be available to provide support as needed in committee meetings.

Subcommittees or working groups:

In order to facilitate project work that may fall to the committee, at times it will be necessary for project-specific subgroups to assemble to address project work.  In those cases, the Committee will oversee the work of any subgroup, project teams and the University Digital Team.   These groups will be created to develop and implement the number of initiatives, projects, and reports relative to the Committee charter.  The groups will bring proposals and recommendations to the Committee for review, and seek input from the Committee when implementing the University strategy, creating or revising policy, prioritizing specific projects, and determining implementation approaches.  Groups will provide regular updates to the Committee on the status of all their work.

LEADERSHIP

The Learning Management Environment Steering Committee will be comprised of two co-chairs: The Director for Academic Technology and the Director for the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR). Initial committee members will be nominated by their Deans or senior leaders. Future committee members will be selected through a nomination process founded on their engagement in the ongoing conversation about current and emerging learning technologies and the broad spectrum of need.

The membership of this  group represents the key areas of academia and learning technology support. In addition, we believe the group should remain small, while ensuring representation across the NU community. Though the research for each member would be more intensive, a small group will ensure that focused efforts among representatives of key decision makers can lead to effective action..

  • Members will be invited to serve on the steering committee by the Director of Academic Technology Services and the Director of CATLR with recommendations from the committee (once established) for consecutive terms.
  • Members will serve for two years with the possibility of reappointment
  • If a member leaves the committee for any reason, a new member from the same area will be appointed to complete the term
  • Committee members serve as a formal liaison between the steering committee and the areas they represent.

Proposed Membership:

  • Faculty from each college (variety of tenure, tenure-track, adjunct & other educators)
  • One Representative from CATLR
  • One Representative from ATS
  • One representative from the Library
  • One student from SGA
  • One student from GSG
  • One representative from PAN
  • One representative from ITPC

 

STRUCTURE / OPERATING PROCEDURES

The committee is responsible for providing guidance, feedback, and dissemination related to the University’s teaching and learning technology strategy.

Meeting Frequency

  • The Learning Management Environment Steering Committee is a standing meeting that will meet every other month or as needed, with possible breaks in June and July.
  • The subcommittees of the Learning Management Environment Steering Committee may meet monthly, bimonthly, or as needed depending on workload or projects.
  • A quorum shall consist of fifty percent plus one of the active voting membership of the committee.
  • Items may be approved, denied or tabled for future consideration on a majority vote of the voting members present at a meeting.
  • Agenda items must be submitted to a co-chair. The agendas will be posted to the membership at least 24 hours prior to each meeting.
  • The co-chairs will see that minutes are kept of all meetings. The minutes will include all actions taken and make note of all significant discussions. Minutes will be distributed (or posted) to all members of the committee.
  • For tabled items, the chairperson or designee will contact the originator for more information if needed.
  • Non-committee members may attend and make comments at any meeting and may request to be placed on the agenda to make presentations.

Communications

The committee will report annually to the Northeastern community. The report will include updates on the status of academic technology at Northeastern, recommendations that support the strategic plan, a summary of the progress of previous recommendations, and discussion of future goals and objectives for the committee.