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March 21, 2012 / dlitgroup

Weekly Updates – March 23 & March 30

The following updates are from the DLIT Department for the week ending March 23rd and March 30th.


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

  • Blackboard PDP Call on Social Learning
  • Blackboard Webinar on Accessibility
  • Conference Call on Bb Analytics for Learn

Department Action Projects & College Action Projects

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

  • Project 1 – Extend DL Program
    • n/a
  • Project 2 – Enhance Classroom and Instructional Technologies
    • n/a
  • Project 3 – Extend Blackboard Learn, Content, Community
    • n/a

Other Work within Your Department

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

  • n/a

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
    • Participated in a Blackboard product development partnership call on proposed designs to manage a new suite of features focused on fostering social learning.
    • Provided student DL info for Lowell Expo this coming Saturday, March 24th.
    • Interviewed by Inside Higher Ed
    • Attended BOT meeting
    • Attended a Blackboard accessibility webinar with Anne, Sarah, and Meegan W.  See:
    • Met with David Anderson about analytics for learn.
    • Planning meeting for the Digital Initiative with Meegan W and  Garret B.
    • Provided EOL requests for 12-13.
    • Participated on Analytics for Learn (A4L) Conference Call and Planning Meeting with Mark N and David A.
    • Showcase Planning and Coordination
    • Provided narrative information about student identity for IRP HLC document
    •  Attended miBUG: and posted notes here:
    • Created blog posts on Mark N’s Blackboard certificates:
    • Participated in Proclarity training for A4L
    • Joined a EDUCAUSE Advisory Council for Teaching and Leanring (ACTL) meeting.  Focuses on certification process for online events, online conference speaker development, member needs for those that who may never be able to attend a conference f2f, good modeling of use of tools, CEUs.
    • Authored a blog post on Blackboard and the Road Ahead –
    • SLA with IT – Held a meeting with Fred B, Kurt M, Meegan W to discuss communications for system outages with Bb.
  • Meegan Willi
    • Attended Proclarity webinar for Analytics for Learn Project on March 15th
    • Attended MiBUG Conference at Ferris State University on March 16th
    • Hosted two part Blackboard Accessibility Webinar – March 21st and 28th
    • Attended DL FAB Meeting on March 21st
    • Presented and helped coordinate the 6th Annual Teaching Learning and Technology Showcase on March 22nd
    • Attended Sustainability Team Meeting on March 22nd
    • Attended Service Level Agreement Meeting with Eric and IT on March 23rd
    • Online Course Development: Met with Colette Smiley on March 23rd to assist with transferring publisher quiz banks into her course
    • Supported the Friday OHCC Session on March 23rd
    • Attended the ISIS Meeting on March 23rd
    • Met with Dr. Jim Black from SEM Works regarding Student Recruitment on March 20th
  • Jose Mora
    • TLT Showcase Preparation
    • Worked on logistics/attended TLT Showcase
    • Purchased more office supplies
    • Updated online course spreadsheet
    • Processed MCCVLC enrollments
    • Opened more online sections for fall
    • Reserved hotel rooms for BBworld conference and other related tasks
    • Processed reimbursement forms
    • Other clerical work
  • Student Worker
    • Assisted with TLT Showcase

EOL Faculty Reports

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

  • Luann Keizer
    • Taught BB Basics and OHCC orientation-3 hrs.
      Reviewed online course design with faculty member to achieve quality rubric standards- 1.5 hr
      Followed up on OHCC registration error to get faculty member correctly enrolled.
      Enrolled two in BB Basics online, completed one.
  • Tim Koets
    • Assisted Luann with Blackboard Basics session Friday, March 16
    • Facilitated the OHCC Orientation along with Luann on Friday, March 16
    • Presented Blackboard Mashups training session on-campus on Wednesday, March 2
    • Facilitated the OHCC Week #1 Friday session on Friday, March 30
    • Enrolled several students in the Blackboard Online Grade Center course
  • Garret Brand
    • Assisted faculty and submitted tracking forms to
    • Facilitated session on Wikis, Blogs and Journals.
    • Attended Faculty Professional Development Planning Meeting.
    • Attended DLIT Meeting on the GRCC Digital Initiative.
    • Attended Board of Trustees Meeting presentation regarding FPD CAP.
    • Authored instructional technology blog post on Course Canary.
    • Authored blog post on “Common Myths” of TLT Showcase.
    • Authored blog post on TED:Ed – Lessons Worth Sharing.
    • Attended Distance Learning Faculty Advisory Board (DL FAB) Meeting.
    • Assisted in preparations for TLT Showcase.
    • Facilitated first online week of OHCC for second Winter 2012 cohort.
    • Enrolled late participant in OHCC.
    • Blog post on Blackboard “Ocho” for Teaching, Learning and Technology Showcase.
    • Created templates for all OHCC participants and enrolled users.
    • Attended miBUG on Friday, March 16 at Ferris State University. See blog post.
    • Won Exemplary Online Course Competition (based on Quality Matters rubric).
    • Attended Blackboard Team meeting.
    • Participated in ISIS Meeting on Friday, March 23.
    • Co-authored AGC Issue Paper on HLC Draft Site Report for DL FAB and shared with ISIS.
    • Co-facilitated OHCC campus session for Week One.
    • Posted OHCC video of Week One here.
    • Posted grades for Week One of the online portion of OHCC.
    • Presented on Blackboard Ocho and supported TLT Showcase.
    • Submitted (accepted) proposal to Trends on Online Course Quality.
    • Received recognition for 2012 Excellence in Teaching with Technology nomination.
    • Participated in a webinar on online faculty professional development on 3/28. Topics included:

DLIT Tracking Table

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