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June 8, 2011 / dlitgroup

Weekly Updates – June 3

The following updates are from the DLIT Department for the week ending June 3rd.


This area includes international, national, regional, state, and local activities.

  • GRCC and Garry Brand in Campus Technology Magazine – In an article entitled: “Lecture Capture: Lights! Camera! Action!” in Campus Technology, Garry Brand was highlighted for his use of Camtasia Relay.  Here is a short excerpt:
    “As lecture capture becomes commonplace on campus, faculty discuss how it’s changing the way they teach, spurring in-class dialogue, and forcing them to become better instructors. […] In the experience of Garret Brand, professor of law and director of distance learning and instructional technologies at Grand Rapids Community College (MI), making his lectures available online for students before class has given him more of a precious commodity: free class time.”  See: and related article:
  • Potential Research Project – Cindy Martin and Ric Underhile linked us up to a faculty member from Pennsylvania who is conducting research on social media and student engagement.  A meeting will be setup so that we might discuss the possibility of GRCC being one of the institutions of higher education that participate in the study.
  • MCCVLC Distance Learning Administrators Meeting in Lansing – Eric attended the meeting.  The agenda was as follows:

    MCCVLC Distance Learning Administrators Workshop
    June 1, 2011

    9:45 Coffee & rolls
    10:00 Welcome / Introductions / Review of Meeting Agenda –
    10:10 D/L Administrator Survey Results – Distance Learning Program Issues
    11:30 D/L Administrator Survey Results – Greatest Challenges
    12:00 Lunch — provided
    12:45 Distance Learning Program – Greatest Challenges
    1:15 Distance Learning Program – Distance Learning Faculty Issues
    2:00 Break
    2:15 Review Challenges/Prioritize Opportunities for VLC
    2:30 MCCVLC Advisory Council Issues

    • Professional Development – For 2011-12
    • Help Desk Collaborative
    • Software Purchases – Process

    o   Remind101

    2:45 Workshop Wrap-up

Here are some notes from the meeting:

MCCVLC Meeting Notes

15 in attendance
– MCCVLC, St Clair County CC, West Shore CC, Northwestern Michigan College, Schoolcraft College, Delta College, Lansing CC, Kellogg CC, Glen Oakes CC, Washtenaw CC, Kirtland CC, Jackson CC

– To review survey and review challenges and as a collective body how can we add value?

* Look to establish an online advisory committee.
* Look to certify the ID/T in Quality Matters.
* Look to rectify the faculty contract so the college owns the development of the master course.
* Look to establish an online degree and focus on HLC-NCA accreditation.
* GRCC’s use of Starfish Early Alert in online courses will be highlighted by the MCCVLC.
* Look to better orient students.
* Key areas of focus: course quality, faculty truing, course assessment, and improve student readiness and retention and virtual student services. (via ITC)
* ADA and copyright…

MCCVLC Greatest Challenges (in Priority order with ITC ranking in parens):
1 – Support staff for training and tech assistance. (1)
2 – Adequate Assessment (2)
3 – Admin Authority (5)
4 – Adequate Student Services (3)
5 – Operating and Equipment Budgets (4)
6 – Compliance w/HEOA (9)
7 – Organizational Acceptance (8)
8 – Faculty Acceptance (7)
9 – Adequate Space (6)
10 – Student Acceptance (10)

Teaching Ratios for Online Courses
– Full time 66% (ITC 64%) – GRCC 74%
– Adjunct 34% (ITC 35%) – GRCC 26%

Enrollment Caps
– MCCVLC reports from 22.5 and 24 for enrollment caps in online courses with ITC reporting 25 to 30.

Reporting Structure
– More than 60% of DL administrators report to the academic branch.  ITC survey indicates 70% nationally with 6% reporting directly to the president.

Centralized and Decentralized
– ITC illustrates trend to centralized model.  MCCVLC report shows 46% mixed, 33% centralized, and 17% decentralized.
– Schoolcraft (Cheri Holman) uses Master course model, with limited use of course cartridges from publishers, and encourage faulty to not tie everything to a particular textbook.  Schoolcraft has 2 ID’s and provide a 16 week training from new to online to full development of a master course.  The development training is an extra 6 weeks beyond “learn to teach online”.  Faculty are paid again if the course undergoes a significant change.
– LCC is in same boat as us because they don’t own content.  James Bender an ID from LCC mentioned that college has been working to go back to recreate a master course but it is challenging.
– Quality Matters is used by Schoolcraft and others.  Schoolcraft sent an ID to QM training.

Student Retention
– This is a concern for everyone.
– I talked about our use of Starfish Early Alert for auto-flags for last login.

– 58% MCCVLC respondents offer non-credit offerings with 73% reported through the ITC survey.

Online Degrees
– 42% offer a degree with ITC reporting 81%.

What % of enrollment is online program?
– 17% is average with range from 6% to 33%.

HEA State Authorization of Distance Learning Act
– 2014 before action will be required as long as every state is making a good faith effort.
– Some states will require an annual renewal.
– The MCCVLC will be collecting information about this act and will be assisting in coordinating the requirements and provide a blanket coverage it possible.
– A higher ed directory will be assembled with contact information and other details.

Instructor and Course Evaluations
– Kirtland evaluates instructors every semester via student survey.
– St. Clair County Community College also evaluates instructors on a cycle.
– Jackson CC re-certifies their instructors every 2 years and they use the evaluations more frequently.
– Schoolcraft uses the IDEA evaluation system.
– Lots of discussion about tenure, instructor performance and evaluation and how to better track this with the goal of improvement.


This area includes College work related to teams and committees.

School of Arts & Sciences, Student Affairs, Workforce Development, and Instructional Support & Interdisciplinary Studies.

This area includes participation in the above schools as a representative of DLIT.

  • ISIS Directors Project Management Meeting – DLIT participated in a planning meeting to organize support resources for Blackboard for faculty.  The goal is to create a help center concept for the ISIS areas that they directors are responsible for.

College Action Projects

This area includes participation in any CAP work related to the college.

Department Action Projects

This area includes accomplishments or milestones regarding Departmental Action Project(s).

  • Project 1 – Extend DL Program
    • Online Program Work – Luann Keizer is working to develop the online component of the new Information Security degree to establish it as the first online AAAS degree for GRCC. Several of the courses required for the degree are not yet developed for online delivery so she is working with Laurie Chesley to determine a resolution. In addition, the Higher Learning Commission has new requirements for online degrees that are being reviewed by Fiona Hert and Patti Trepkowski. The new degree should be approved by the Deans Council this summer with new courses, all of which will be designed for online delivery, approved by AGC in September.  In addition, a marketing plan to announce the new online degree is in the preliminary stages.
    • Copyright Team – Ric Underhile is working at Patti’s request to establish a Copyright Compliance Team that includes Garret Brand, Danelle Sedore, Danielle Corteville, Hailey Mabrito, Pat Ingersoll, and Stewart Krulikoski. The purpose of this Team is to align the work done at the College that ensures adherence to copyright laws. Additionally, faculty professional development resources that promote understanding and compliance of copyright laws as they pertain to higher education are planned to be investigated.  This work connects to the DL program as well as for face to face courses.
    • Starfish Early Alert Flag Report
  • Project 2 – Enhance Classroom and Instructional Technologies
  • Project 3 – Extend Blackboard Learn, Content, Community
    • Bb Connect – An implementation meeting was held with Blackboard Inc. to configure the Connect application that will provide extended messaging capabilities with Bb Learn.
    • NBC Reports on Usage

Other Work within Your Department

This area includes accomplishments or milestones within the department.

Learning Plans/Evaluation Plans

This area contains information related to Learning Plans or Evaluation Plans.

  • Work was completed on Eric’s PDD and Learning Plan.


Additional noteworthy items.


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