Discontinued Offices & Programs. Office Of Innovation & Communications & Instructional Technology (University Of Maine) Records
Scope and Contents
The records contain textual information created and curated by the University of Maine's Office Of Innovation & Communications & Instructional Technology. The majority of the records relate to a project for implementing the NovaNET System in the state. Includes copies of a grant proposals submitted to the U.S. Department of Education entitled "Technology Solutions for Math & Science Improvement" and copies of various agreements between University Communications, Inc. and the Office of Innovation & Communications & Instructional Technology for using NovaNET, with the University of Illinois who developed NovaNET, and with the University of Maine's school partners in the project in Turner and Deer Isle. Also includes a copy of the project’s 1990 annual report, correspondence with Modulation Associates regarding satellites, and source code.
The record group also includes correspondence, reference material, and training material regarding a proposed University of Maine exchange program with the University of Zululand in South Africa which included training support for using computers in education. And details of plans for telecommunications in University of Maine student residences.
- Creation: 1985-1991
- University of Maine. Office of Innovation & Computing, Communications & Instructional Technology (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval. Personal identifiable and sensitive information will be redacted before release.
Conditions Governing Use
Information on literary rights available in the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.
Biographical / Historical
The Office of Innovations was created in 1987 by University of Maine President Dale W. Lick with Owen Gaede serving as its director. The Office would later merge with the Instructional Systems Center becoming the Office of Innovation & Communications & Instructional Technology.
The Office had a broad charge to assist in the planning and introduction of new technologies both on campus and throughout the state including those that would support instruction and presentations. Most of its initial activity was spent on implementing the NovaNET System in the state. NovaNET was a development of the University of Illinois and was used in computer based education. In Maine, NovaNET was used in support of teaching mathematics and science to high school students.
Another of the Office's projects was implementing a campus telecommunications system and also being part of a proposed University of Maine exchange program with the University of Zululand in South Africa which included training support for using computers in education.
1 box (Half size box)
Language of Materials
Physically the material is arranged by subject. Material was separated and divided into multiple sub-folders where necessary and rehoused into archival quality storage.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred to Library Annex as Accession #2010-0426a.
Accruals from the University of Maine Office Of Innovation & Communications & Instructional Technology are not anticipated because the Office was disbanded and replaced by Instructional Technologies (IT).
Processed by Matthew Revitt, October 2018, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and the creation of this finding aid. Material still needs to be rehoused into appropriate archival folders and the boxes and folders numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace.
- University Of Maine. Office Of Innovation & Communications & Instructional Technology Records
- Matthew Revitt
- October 12, 2018
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- Finding aid written in English.