created to support changing curricular needs
Today’s university classrooms and lecture halls
are not what they used to be. Chalkboards, overheads and slide
projectors have given way to PowerPoint, multimedia, distance
learning and online Web-based technology. To utilize and support
changing technology in the classroom, UW-Eau Claire has created a
new Teaching and Learning Technology Development Center, Provost
Ronald Satz announced July 22.
The TLTDC is an evolutionary next step that
will replace the current Media Development Center, Satz said. The
TLTDC will incorporate many of the functions currently performed by
existing MDC staff and add instructional design support from current
information and technology management resources.
Plans for the TLTDC have been under
consideration for more than a year. A task force appointed by Satz
and chaired by Marty Wood, English, issued recommendations in
January that were discussed campus-wide and reviewed in consultation
with the University Senate Executive Committee, MDC staff and
Interim Assistant Vice-Chancellor and CIO James Lowe.
“The new TLTDC will directly support the
core mission of UW-Eau Claire — excellence in undergraduate
curriculum and instruction,” said Satz. “It will serve to
utilize today’s technology in a way that will enhance teaching and
enable our faculty and instructional academic staff to more directly
engage students in learning. The TLTDC will collaborate with the
Professional Development Activity Council and the Network for
Excellence in Teaching, among other units and programs, to sustain
and enhance the university’s commitment to excellence in
In keeping with task force recommendations,
a person with faculty rank has been appointed interim director of
the TLTDC. Kathleen Finder, Center for Instructional Technology
Improvement and Innovation manager, has been named to the post
effective July 22. Finder holds faculty rank in McIntyre Library and
previously worked as an academic staff member in MDC.
“Kathy Finder brings a wealth of
experience and knowledge to her new position. Her long involvement
with both CITI and MDC, as well as her interaction with faculty and
staff, will help ensure a smooth transition from MDC to creation of
the TLTDC,” Lowe said.
“The TLTDC truly represents the next step
in integrating technology to support teaching and learning. This is
an exciting development for the university and I’m looking forward
to working with TLTDC staff and others to better serve the classroom
needs of the faculty and instructional academic staff,” Finder
Because classroom design and technical
support is a critical component of sustaining the teaching and
learning environment, classroom services will be incorporated into
the TLTDC, Lowe said. He is asking classroom services staff to mount
a search for an assistant director and to work collaboratively with
interim director of Computing and Networking Services Craig Mey and
CNS staff to develop synergy, cross-training and efficiencies to
provide classroom and related services as well as centralized
checkout for all equipment.
director of CNS named
An experienced information technology executive has
been named interim director of Computing and Networking Services at
UW-Eau Claire. Craig Mey assumed his new duties July 22.
Mey, 48, has more than 11 years of IT
management experience, including 10 years as director of information
technology at Phillips Plastics Corp. in Eau Claire. He also
possesses extensive project, quality control and plant management
experience from major food manufacturers including Tombstone Pizza
and J.M. Smucker.
"Craig is an experienced manager with
a strong background in project management, team building and IT
management," according to interim assistant vice chancellor and
CIO James Lowe. "His team approach to working with councils and
varied constituencies has resulted in excellent outcomes," Lowe
Mey's appointment will enable Lowe to focus
full time on his duties as interim assistant vice chancellor and
CIO. Lowe had been serving as both CIO and director of CNS.
While Mey has spent his entire career in private
industry, he expects the transition to the university environment to
"I have spent my career in team
environments, reaching consensus on many important decisions. UW-Eau
Claire has a reputation for outstanding programs, faculty and staff
- something I'm extremely proud to be part of," Mey said.
Mey is a 1976 graduate of UW-Madison, where
he earned a bachelor's degree in natural science.
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Updated: July 29, 2002