Ag IT Advisory Group (AITAG)

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Goals and Objectives

Provide NDSU Agriculture and University Extension faculty and staff with the hardware, software and training necessary to use IT effectively and efficiently

  • Have all units budget for purchase of new equipment to meet rising IT demands

  • Develop a plan for hardware and software replacement

  • Encourage faculty and staff to conform to hardware and software baselines

  • Have Ag Communication staff, NDSU Information Technology Services staff and others teach Ag faculty and staff on IT issues

  • Facilitate faculty use of technology to complement and enhance established methods for disseminating information, such as CDs and DVDs

  • Facilitate automatic or scheduled backup of servers

  • Provide remote support of computers as possible

►Have faculty and staff utilize videoconferencing

  • Use videoconferencing to increase contacts and interaction with clients

  • Continue saving time and travel dollars by having some internal meetings and inservice trainings via videoconference

  • Use videoconferencing for training on immediate issues for staff to share with clientele

  • Use videoconferencing for interacting with small groups of clientele

  • Document time and travel funds saved when videoconferencing can be used instead of a face-to-face meeting or program

  • Collaborate with the N.D. Interactive Video Network on scheduling, programming, policies and other issues

  • Streamline procedures for scheduling videoconferences, especially out-of-state connections

  • Improve the Ag Consortium videoconferencing Web page

►Establish learning centers across the state

  • Enhance learning centers at NDSU’s off-campus offices

  • Secure dollars to fund administrative support at learning centers for assessing community needs, recruiting and enrolling students, and providing student support

  • Collaborate with NDSU, NDUS and other organizations to bring educational programming to the learning centers

  • Support online and videoconference learning opportunities

►Continue to take part in the national eXtension program

  • Encourage NDSU faculty and staff to become active in Communities of Practice

  • Market eXtension as an information resource

  • Align revisions in NDSU Agriculture’s use of electronic dissemination with eXtension strategies

►Improve look, feel and searchability of NDSU Ag Web pages

  • Develop a more consistent, graphically pleasing design for home pages

  • Implement headers and footers on Ag pages that consistently identify NDSU Agriculture and provide navigation

  • Increase Web hits by at least 10 percent in the biennium

  • Utilize video and audio Web streaming when appropriate to reach a variety of learners

  • Develop more online organizational reporting, such as the Quarterly Program Reports

  • Explore utilizing a content management system for Web pages

  • Check Web pages for accessibility

  • Confirm searchability of departmental servers from home pages

  • Market NDSU Ag Web pages

►Develop distance and continuing education non-credit classes

  • Develop online and other distance-delivered classes to most effectively teach targeted informal educational topics, such as Master Gardener and pesticide training

  • Gain access to an online learning system such as WebEx, Centra or Breeze with audio capability for training

►Develop e-commerce for NDSU Ag

  • Develop the capability to securely accept credit card payments online

►Move all Ag faculty and staff to NDSU e-mail

  • By the end of the biennium, do away with the @ndsuext.nodak.edu e-mail and have all Ag faculty and staff on firstname.lastname@ndsu.edu e-mail

►Explore telephone and phone replacement options

  • Study voice over IP possibilities

  • Study a 1-800 number that goes to a certain office based on what prefix the call is coming from

►Expand IT in general research

  • Study and share digital image analysis and wireless monitoring

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