MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013


III.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.

A. Comments by the President.

President Powers referred faculty members to his State of the University Address from the previous week for current items. He then welcomed faculty members back to a new academic year and noted the excitement of incoming freshmen and what that says about the University. After thanking Council members for their valued service, he addressed the issue of technology-aided teaching. President Powers specifically asked that the Council carefully consider issues related to technology-aided course materials and courses. He pointed to online or blended courses developed at UT Austin, such as Psychology 301 taught by James Pennebaker and Sam Gosling, as well as issues related to the possibility of departments granting credit for online courses offered by other universities. While the president considers this an “opportunity to use some innovative pedagogical materials,” he also noted the need for faculty and people in the administration to sort out issues involving curriculum and logistics of the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

The president responded to some of the open legislation items addressed in the Secretary’s Report and their approval status. He asked that the legislation regarding budget councils and their involvement in some sorts of departmental hiring be discussed at the next Faculty Council Executive Committee meeting to clarify some points.

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