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October 26, 2011 / dlitgroup

Weekly Updates – October 28

The following updates are from the DLIT Department for the week ending October 28th.


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

  • BbWorld Program Committee – Eric Kunnen was selected to participate on the 2012 BbWorld and DevCon 2012 Program Committee.
  • Monroe CC Reference – GRCC served as a reference for Monroe CC on our use of Blackboard at the current release level of Service Pack 6.
  • Faculty Interviews – Mike L, Melanie F, and Kim W are being interviewed by Blackboard on how they leverage Blackboard and also around faculty adoption of technology.
  • Administrator Product Development Partnership (PDP) for SP10 – GRCC joined the product development partnership with 100+ other institutions on planning for Service Pack 10 of Blackboard.

Department Action Projects & College Action Projects

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

  • Project 1 – Extend DL Program
    • Online Faculty Evaluation – Denyse Bening, Sandy Andrews, Bill Faber, Deb Dewent, Paula Sullivan, and Eric Kunnen met about a process or procedure for online faculty evaluations.  The team reviewed what already exists for criteria for standards for good teaching online, and discussed how would we best see and evaluate it. 
    • DL CAP – Eric Kunnen presented and update of the DL CAP to SLT on Oct. 24.
    • Research Report – Frank Conner will present student research findings to Ric Underhile, Dan Clark, Diane Patrick
      John Cowles, Tina Hoxie, Bill Faber, Cindy Martin, Amy Koning, Lilly Anderson, Gilda Gely, Heath Chelevig for Donna Kragt.
  • Project 2 – Enhance Classroom and Instructional Technologies
  • Project 3 – Extend Blackboard Learn, Content, Community
    • New Video Tutorial – A new tutorial:  was uploaded and it is entitled: How to Submit a Paper Using Blackboard
    • Deans Presentation – Eric Kunnen, David Anderson, and Mark Nordblom will present at Deans Council on data of Bb usage for Summer and Fall 2011.
    • Blackboard Meeting – A Bb meeting was held with the following agenda sent by Mark Nordblom:1. Database (Moving/Consolidating)
      2. Old Relay Server (Password)
      3. Archive S10
      4. Automation
      5. Gradebook/Peoplesoft
      6. Astro/Analytics
      7. Patches

Other Work within Your Department

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

  • Create TriFold Table Tent for Students and Departments – Project to create informative documents for advocating the use of Bb tool sets for teaching and learning.  Jose is working with printing services to finalize the project.
  • Donuts and Distance Learning & Bagels and Blackboard – Planning for Nov 16 and Dec 9 for a special event for faculty to drop in and discuss technology.

EOL Faculty Reports

This area includes accomplishments, milestones, or comments from EOL faculty in the department.

DLIT Traffic Table (*updates to be provided by Jose)

Mid-Week Ending Primary Audience Professional Development College Meetings Community Outreach Consultative / Faculty Tracking


Community Members
Weekly TOTAL
* Sessions offered through CTE * Meeting attendee count for Meegan, Jose, and Eric * External Attendance Counts, Conference Calls, Webinars * DLIT Tracking Form for Drop-in, Email, Phone

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