Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ball assumes leadership role for teaching,
learning technologies

Deborah Ball, dean of the School of Education (SOE), has been appointed to the university’s Information Technology Governance Council as the teaching and learning mission domain steward.

In this new role, Ball will be the first to take the helm of a new formal mechanism for incorporating faculty perspectives and values into institutional decisions regarding IT. As a domain steward, she will represent university constituents who have a vested interest in teaching and learning technologies.

“I’m proud to serve campus, and strongly feel this new role will improve alignment of IT resources with U-M’s core mission,” Ball says. “Broad-based campus participation in decision-making is critical to achieving our goals.”

Ball will lead a committee that will help set the strategic agenda, lead collaboration efforts across campus, and advocate for resource allocations for teaching and learning technologies. She also will ensure constituents have an opportunity for input and reaction on decisions weighed by the council. As a first step, Ball will establish a formal structure to gather needs and set priorities.

In addition to Ball, there are three associate stewards: Barry Fishman, associate professor of learning technologies, SOE, and associate professor, School of Information; Chris Quintana, associate professor of learning technologies, SOE; and Kara Suzuka, assistant research scientist, SOE.

To ensure full campus representation, the governance committee also includes representatives from the Digital Media Commons (DMC), Information and Technology Services (ITS) and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT).

Ball’s appointment coincides with a recent decision to combine all CTools support under one organization, which enables the CTools team to respond faster to the governance decisions. Previously, CTools support was provided by both DMC and ITS. The DMC CTools Implementation Group (CTIG) staff now is part of ITS.