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March 14, 2012 / dlitgroup

Weekly Updates – March 16th

The following updates are from the DLIT Department for the week ending March 16th.

Community

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

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Department Action Projects & College Action Projects

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

  • Project 1 – Extend DL Program
    • Draft of DL Strategy Plan is almost complete.  The DL CAP team will review and provide authorship to complete and finalize the draft along with the DL FAB (faculty advisory board) group.
  • Project 2 – Enhance Classroom and Instructional Technologies
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  • Project 3 – Extend Blackboard Learn, Content, Community
    • Pilot of SP8 will begin on March 3oth.  IT is prepping server for readiness.  Upgrade plans are located here: http://www.grcc.edu/bbupgrade
    • Blackboard meeting will be held on Thursday.

Other Work within Your Department

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

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DLIT Staff Reports

This area includes accomplishments, milestones, or comments from DLIT staff that is not included in the work outlined in the Department and College Action Projects area and categories above.

  • Eric Kunnen
    • Going Green with Blackboard Post – Created a post to highlight sustainability by leveraging technology such as Bb:  https://dlitgroup.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/going-green-for-spring-with-blackboard/
    • MACUL – Attended a great teaching/technology conference at the Devos Place.  Authored 12 posts at: http://ekunnen.posterous.com/
    • Early Alert CAP Meeting – Attended the CAP meeting to discuss future plans of the CAP and to review survey results and student success rates.
    • DLIT Budget Meeting – Worked with Jose M and Meegan W to review status of budget for the department.
    • miBUG – Meegan W, Garry B, and Eric K are attending the miBUG conference on Friday.  More info about this event is located here: http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/academics/center/events/miBug/
    • BbWorld posts – Highlighted and promoted the conference with faculty regarding the upcoming national conference.  Posts are here: http://cms.grcc.edu/bbworld and http://bbworld.wordpress.com/
    • TLT Showcase – Finalizing plans for the showcase next week.  Sent promotional emails and reminders.
    • FPD CAP – Attended the faculty professional development CAP meeting.
    • AGC – Attended AGC meeting. DLIT was represented well through Meegan W work on Clicker Standard.
    • LET Team – Attended LET Team meeting.
    • Analytics Training – Training will be held on Thursday for Mark N, David A, and Eric K on Proclarity and Reporting Services for Blackboard Analytics for Learn.
  • Meegan Willi
    • Updated Relay page to include information on the Fuse app: http://www.grcc.edu/relay
    • Reported Clicker Recommendation with Lisa Gloege at AGC Meeting on March 13th
    • Online Course Review Team met and reviewed three courses on March 13th
    • Online Course Developments
      • Met with Colette Smiley for Camtasia Relay Training – she is working on DAA 112
    • Budget meeting with DLIT, March 12th
    • Added introductory blog and contact info into upcoming OHCC Blackboard course, reviewed the materials to ensure everything was working and updated
  • Jose Mora
    • Attended ESP Learning Day
      Upgraded to Windows 7
      Attended Budget Planning Meeting
      Transferred money within budget
      Processed Higgins Lake conference registration
      Processed Reimbursements
      Processed Leave of Absence forms
      Processed MCCVLC Enrollments
      Answered related MCCVLC questions
      Answered DLIT Student E-mail
      o    What classes are offered this summer
  • Student Worker
    • Helped in processing MCCVLC applications
      Updated MCCVLC site by adding or removing seats.
      Help with processing time sheets
      Worked on gathering honor students data

EOL Faculty Reports

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

  • Luann Keizer
    • Tested BB Collaborate in two sessions with students.
      Set up weighted grades with faculty member.
      Spent 2 hours with faculty member trying to get student produced videos available in BB. Did not succeed. Frustrated both of us.
      Gave EOL student orientation to Blackboard.
      Reviewed 3 courses for online delivery.
      Enrolled 3 people in BB Basics online, completed 1.
      Researched new features/functions in next release of BB..
  • Tim Koets
    • 1.  Assisted Luann in the Bb Basics course Friday, March 16.
      2.  Assisted Luann in the OHCC Orientation Friday, March 16.
      3.  Enrolled and graded several students in the Blackboard Online Grade Center course.
      4.  Began preparing materials for the TLT Showcase next week.
      5.  Assisted Faculty with Blackboard questions in my department.
  • Garret Brand
    • Assisted faculty and submitted tracking forms to http://www.grcc.edu/tracking.
    • Prepared OHCC for second Winter 2012 cohort.
    • Enrolled participants in OHCC.
    • Blog post for  Teaching, Learning and Technology Showcase.
    • Communicated with DLIT and CTE regarding Friday sessions.
    • Prepared course for course competition at miBUG Friday.
    • Troubleshoot issues with Blackboard Team (e.g. file and directory duplication).

DLIT Tracking Table

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