User Advisory Group

History

The User Advisory Group (UAG) was established early in 2012.  Its initial purpose was to help inform the transition from Blackboard to NYU Classes, make recommendations on customization of the local NYU instance of the Sakai base code for NYU Classes, and give faculty a greater voice in the configuration of NYU’s educational software packages.  As educational technology use expanded beyond the LMS, it provided user-focused recommendations on a range of platforms, including, e.g., NYU Web Publishing (WordPress) and Global Home.

Membership

38 Members, representing all NYU Schools and Programs except Medical, IFA, ISAW, as well as NYU-Global. The UAG is composed of faculty members and instructional technologists who work closely with faculty; its focus is articulating user needs for educational technology, broadly defined.

UserEcho tool

Mission and Place in Educational Technology Governance

The User Advisory Group is a recommendatory committee intended to capture the needs of our user community; it develops granular User Needs Reports (see below) both on topics that its own members surface and at the behest of the Digital Learning Committee (DLE).  It is not a decision-making committee; its recommendations must be endorsed by the DLE before they are passed on to the Teaching Technology Committee (TTC) for final review and potential adoption.  In recommending solutions for user needs, the UAG is informed by the landscape reviews of available platforms for meeting particular needs (eg, web-conferencing) that the Instructional Technologists Subcommittee provides.  The UAG:

  • Reviews requests for the adoption of specific features, tools, and platforms that come from any faculty or administrative body (after they pass an IT review on technical and security grounds), recommending to the DLE whether or not a pilot is advisable, and, if so, at what scale (eg, for particular programs only or for interested faculty University-wide).
  • Develops user needs reports for specific educational technology areas (e.g., high-stakes testing, turning technologies, etc.).
  • Designs comprehensive surveys for user analysis of NYU Classes and other educational tools.
  • Evaluates educational technology pilots and makes recommendations to the DLE on their continuation, expansion, or discontinuation.
  • Recommends priorities for implementation of NYU educational tools to the DLE on a twice-yearly cycle.

UAG Executive Committee

Leadership

Robert Squillace, Co-Chair
(since Sept, 2012)
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Clinical Professor, Liberal Studies
Yona Jean-Pierre, Co-Chair
(since Jan, 2016)
Director, Faculty Innovations, Academic Affairs, NYU-Tandon
Alvin Shelton, IT Support/NYU Classes Lead
(since Aug, 2015)
eLearning Specialist, NYU-IT

Executive Committee Members

Andre Adler
Clinical Associate Professor Physics, Liberal Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
Bill Blake
Assistant Professor, English, Liberal Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science
Ab Brody
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Patricia Heard-Greene
Assistant Dean, Educational Technology, School of Continuing & Professional Studies
Niurvys Hechavarria
Faculty Resources Administrator, Silver School of Social Work
Jeff Lane
Executive Director, Facilities Planning and Technology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Matthew Leingang
Clinical Associate Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Marybeth McCartin
Associate Curator, Division of Libraries
Victoria Olsen
Sr Language Lecturer, Faculty of Arts & Science
Craig Schott
Administrative Aide II, Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Francesca Socolick
Senior eLearning Specialist, Academic Technology Services, Information Technology Services
Keisha Taffe
Program Manager, Global Academic Planning, Office of Global Program
John Vivolo
Director ePoly, Polytechnic School of Engineering
Johanna Warshaw
Research Assistant Professor, David B Kriser Dental Center
Brian Yulke
Associate Director, User Services, Information Technology Services, School of Law