Submitted by the Academic
Technology and Support Services Committee
for Multiple Platforms for Web-based Instruction
University shall provide technical support and resources for the
three software platforms currently in use for developing web-based
courses - Web-CT, Lotus Learning Space, & BlackBoard.
faculty who have been trained in, and are now successfully using
Web-CT to develop, support and enhance Web-based instruction have
been in the forefront of the University's initiative to offer
online instruction and distance learning courses. They have invested
much time and concentration in learning, training and working
with this software with the expectation that there would be a
long-term commitment by the university for continuing support.
Since the introduction of Web-CT on campus, other platforms have
been added and some faculty have begun to use BlackBoard or Lotus
Learning Space with equal commitment and success. It has become
clear that one platform is not adequate to support Web-based courses
in all disciplines, colleges, or programs. We believe the choice
of platform should be an instructional rather than an administrative
issue. Therefore, the proposition that the campus continue its
support for all three platforms is intended to encourage those
faculty interested in developing online courses, and to allow
each one the freedom to choose the software platform best suited
to their needs.