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September 28, 2011 / dlitgroup

Weekly Updates – September 30

The following updates are from the DLIT Department for the week ending September 3oth.


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

  • 9.1 SP6 Access Denied Conference Call – DLIT joined a community of users including Blackboard Lead Architects, Product Designers, and QA Lead Engineers on a conference call to discuss access denied error messages that are being seen when some students take an online assessment.
  • Adoption Focus Group for Blackboard – DLIT participated in a focus group with Blackboard to discuss, share, and gather ideas on the topic of faculty adoption.  Some of the ideas discussed included:

    – Use is inconsistent of learning tools.- Student expectations is increasing.
    – Traditional pedagogy doesn’t account for eLearning.
    – Software is, ironically, hard.- Provide better tools and resources to get started with Bb.
    – Help colleagues support adoption.
    – Build awareness.
    – Build and refine software.

Department Action Projects

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

  • Project 1 – Extend DL Program
    • New DLIT Blog Post – Session recordings from the Davenport U 2011 Online Teaching Conference are now posted:
    • CO 252 Review – A new online course was reviewed.
    • DL CAP Meeting – A meeting was held for the DL CAP Team.
    • Faculty Evaluation / Student Surveys – Eric Kunnen attended a Magna Webinar “Creating an Evaluation Process for Online Faculty Members” with Sandy Andrews, Deb Dewent, and Denyse Bening.
    • Faculty Evaluation / Course Quality Rubric – Eric Kunnen, Meegan Lillis, and Bill Faber met to discuss ideas on how to connect faculty evaluation to the GRCC course development rubric for faculty who are going through their evaluation process.
    • Visio & Flowchart – Jose Mora authored a Visio document with Meegan Lillis and Eric Kunnen to review and streamline the online course development process.
  • Project 2 – Enhance Classroom and Instructional Technologies
  • Project 3 – Extend Blackboard Learn, Content, Community
    • Bb Team Meeting – Meeting minutes visited here:

      1. Help Desk Update
      2. Tipsheets Update
      3. AGC Minimum Use Requirement
      4. Student Password Notification/Expiration
      5. Access Denied Issue

      1. Update Photo Roster
      2. Security Bulletins
      3. SP7
      4. Final Grades Project
      5. Automation Fixes (Combined Sections, BB.ORIENT)

    • Bb Tipsheets Updates – Meegan Lillis provided the following updates on the / page: Creating Safe Assignments, Creating Assignments, Creating Assessments, Online Test Tips, Grading SafeAssignments, Grading Assignments, Grading Assessments, Clearing Safe Assignment Attempt, Clearing Assessment Attempt, Clearing Assignment Attempt, Assignments, Downloading Grades (Work Offline), and Recommended Assessment Settings.
    • miBUG Meeting DLIT Blog Post – The next Michigan Blackboard Users Group Meeting will be held on November 11th on the Davenport U campus.  See:

Other Work within Your Department

This area includes accomplishments, milestones, or comments from within the department.

  • CRM Meeting – Eric Kunnen participated in a CRM meeting for the college’s deployment of Intelliworks.
  • Welcome Jose! – Jose Mora has moved across the hall to 125 Main to join the DLIT Team.
  • Business Department Meeting – Meegan Lillis, Eric Kunnen, and Garry Brand visited the Business Department to:
    • Discuss who is DLIT?
    • Introduce Staff (EOL and Meegan Lillis)
    • Review DL & DL CAP (increase enrollment, increase quality/retention)
    • Provide information about the GRCC Digital Initiative
    • Gather Information & Feedback from Department
    • Share Faculty Highlights on Technology Use
  • New DLIT Web Page – This page was created to highlight work from the department:
  • TWIDLIT =This Week In DLIT. The department met and reviewed work for the week. Highlights included specific tasks for each member of the team.
  • ISIS Director Meeting – A new table will be required to be submitted.
  • ISIS Project Meeting – The group discussed the process for registration, weekly reminder emails sent by Penni, and planning for 2012.
  • Early Alert CAP – Eric Kunnen participated in a meeting with the Early Alert CAP Team.
  • BOT Access End Meeting – Eric Kunnen participated in a meeting with Cindy Martin, Tina Hoxie, John Cowles to prepare for the Access Report for the Board.
  • Capital Outlay Document – Eric Kunnen provided the following for the Capital Outlay document:

    “As noted above, we are currently involved in a College Action Project to expand our distance learning program.  This project is intended to increase distance learning at GRCC by placing at least 25% of our courses in an online format.  As the college expands online learning, new faculty and students will be supported.  This flexible learning option will bring in students who may not come on campus if the courses were not available in an online format.We have greatly increased our use of the Blackboard Course Management System to support face-to-face courses and are rapidly increasing the use of technology in our classrooms.  The Academic Governing Council approved a policy that all faculty members will use Blackboard for their syllabus and instructor information.  In addition, the use of the gradebook is strongly recommended.  This past summer, all of our lecture classrooms were outfitted with multimedia systems (computer, ceiling mount projector, switching equipment, and speakers). Two classrooms were outfitted as “Learn Labs” to include 3 projectors, whiteboard copy cameras, and smart boards.  Faculty members teaching in the Learn Labs are part of a research project to document the effect of this room arrangement on teaching and learning.  All of these efforts are supported by the Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies office to help faculty make creative and thoughtful use of technology – in class, outside of class, and in distance learning.”

    According to Higher Learning Commission’s “Best Practices for Electronically Offered Degree and Certificate Programs”, the institution “assures adequacy of technical and physical plan facilities including appropriate staffing and technical assistance, to support its electronically offered programs.”  The increase use of technology for distance learning as well as to support face-to-face instruction continues to grow.  This includes not only the infrastructure, facilities, and hardware, but it also includes office space to support the systems and furthermore the space to ensure effective faculty professional development can take place that is appropriate to the curriculum.”


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