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October 5, 2011 / dlitgroup

Weekly Updates – October 7th

The following updates are from the DLIT Department for the week ending October 7th.


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

  • 9.1 SP6 Conference Call – DLIT joined a community of users including Blackboard Lead Architects, Product Designers, and QA Lead Engineers on a conference call to discuss known issues in the field and patches available.  This was the last call for SP6.
  • Assignment Video used by Loyola – DLIT’s Blackboard video tutorial is used by Loyola University Chicago –
  • Reference – Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is a fellow Connect for Learn user and has some questions about our experience with students using and opting-in/out of the course notifications feature. We are serving as a reference.
  • ETOM Board Meeting – To finalize plans for the October 14 conference hosted by GRCC.

Department Action Projects

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

  • Project 1 – Extend DL Program
    • Planning for Webinar – DLIT is planning to join a ITC Webinar: “Reviewing Online Course Development and Delivery: An Ongoing Process” which will be held Oct. 18, 2011 – 2:00pm-3:00pm ET.  The presenter is: Carla Bradley, Online Instructional Development, Ozarks Technical Community College
    • DL Workflow – Jose Mora and Eric Kunnen drafted a Visio diagram of the workflow process from instructor certification to online course approval by Deans to delivery approval through the course review committee.
    • DL Online Course Request Page Updated – enhanced to provide clarity and to streamline workflow.
    • Starfish Early Alert – There have been 473 flags raised on students that haven’t logged in in the past 7 days.  58% were cleared (279) after students logged in.
    • Student Voices – Jose Mora worked with our student workers to acquire a set of student “testimonials”, they are available here:
  • Project 2 – Enhance Classroom and Instructional Technologies
    • N/a
  • Project 3 – Extend Blackboard Learn, Content, Community
    • Blackboard Team Meeting –
    • Blackboard IM Webinar – Luann Keizer worked to coordinate the webinar/training for Blackboard IM.  The recording is now available in the Blackboard IM-Communicate/Collaborate course in Blackboard under “Resources”.  The next  webinar is Friday, Oct. 21 from 9-11. We need to publicize!
    • Blackboard Administrator Training Online Course – Mark Nordblom is participating in the GUI admin training for Blackboard.
    • Photo Roster – Mark Nordblom worked to move new photos from Transact to Bb Learn which includes resizing.
    • New Video Tutorials & Updates to Bb Tipsheets Page

Other Work within Your Department

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

  • CRM Demo – Eric Kunnen participated in a Intelliworks demo and overview.  This looks like a great CRM tool to improve communication, student experience & marketing for distance learning.
  • Classroom Automation and Twitter – New Blog post by Szymon Machajewski was added to the DLIT blog:
  • EOL Faculty Meeting – On Thursday, DLIT will host a meeting with Garry, Luann, Tim and Meegan, Jose, and Eric to discuss Winter 2012 and ongoing work through the semester.

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