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April 18, 2012 / dlitgroup

Weekly Updates – April 20

The following updates are from the DLIT Department for the week ending April 20th.


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

Department Action Projects & College Action Projects

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

  • Project 1 – Extend DL Program
    • PL 202 Approved by Deans Council Sub-Committee for Online Development
  • Project 2 – Enhance Classroom and Instructional Technologies
    • n/a
  • Project 3 – Extend Blackboard Learn, Content, Community
    • Blackboard Service Pack 8 Upgrade – Instructors are now working in the system and faculty are discovering many improvements and enhancements.

Other Work within Your Department

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

  • Donuts with DLIT –  Julie H, Sandra A, Garry B, Fred V, Susan Y, Eric K, Meegan W, Marie B, Jose M, and a few other instructors attended.  Great conversations about the flipped classroom and time for building relationships and rapport – over coffee and donuts.

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
    • Bb Connect Survey – Deployed a survey to collect information from students and faculty about the Blackboard Connect system for text, voice, and email notifications.
    • State Authorization – Requested list of classes (from IRP) and students and states regarding this legislation for the VLC who is assisting in coordinating.
    • Meeting with Communications for DL – Held a meeting with communications and printing services about the DL program.  Discussed was the potential need for a DLIT Online student services coordinator for communications.  Looking to move student website to consolidate and clean up messaging.   Working to draft a communication plan.   Include info about DL in Peoplesoft.  At the meeting were: Eric K, Jose M, Amanda C, Lori C, Raul A, Malinda P, Vicki H, Eric M, Ed Sosa
    • Online Courses Require F2F Campus Visits – Started conversation about online course student attendance requirements.  This looks to be an issue that will need to be brought to Deans.
    • Core Data Survey – Completed Core Data EDUCAUSE survey on comprehensive IT benchmarking.
    • Faculty Pilot for Bb – Spent time with SP8 configuration and and instructor communication email.
    • Bb Blog Post Highlighted – Guest post by Eric Kunnen, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, Grand Rapids Community College, and a member of the Ask Dr. C program, a free question and answer service for Blackboard users. See:
  • Meegan Willi
    • Attended ELI 2012 Spring Focus Session on Learning Analytics on April 11 and 12
    • Attended Donuts & Distance Learning and Blackboard & Bagels on April 12
    • Met with Cora B. and Marie B. for a Camtasia Relay Training on April 12
    • Attended Blackboard Team Meeting on April 12
    • Supported the OHCC Optional Friday Session on April 13
    • Met with Ned Steinke from Blackboard to discuss Blackboard Collaborate – the pilot and potentials for the future – on April 17
    • Met with the OT Faculty for a Q & A/training session on the Grade Center in Blackboard on April 17
    • Met with Candace D. from the current OHCC for questions on building content in Blackboard
    • Met with Garry B. to discuss flipped classroom models and potential alternatives to lecturing
    • Developed resources for faculty teaching online;, Before the semester begins, First week of Classes, During the semester, and End of the Semester
    • Update and added to the Distance Learning Student FAQ page
    • Assisted other faculty drop ins and emails and submitted tracking forms to – 3 faculty regarding Flickr Mashup Tool, Blackboard Grade Center, and Google Redirect Virus
  • Jose Mora
    • MCCVLC meeting in Lansing on Wednesday
  • Student Worker
    • n/a

EOL Faculty Reports

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

  • Luann Keizer
    • n/a
  • Tim Koets
    • n/a
  • Garret Brand
    • Attended ELI 2012 Spring Focus Session on Learning Analytics on April 11 and 12.
    • Participated in Donuts and Bagels session on the “Flipped Classroom.”
    • Created resource “Stack” on Delicious for the Flipped Classroom at
    • Assisted in coordinating “Learning Analytics @ GRCC.”
    • Attended Blackboard Team Meeting.
    • Facilitated OHCC and coordinated final presentations.
    • Testing Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 8.
    • Met with Instructional Designer regarding Flipped Classroom ideas.
    • Met with Associate Dean to discuss upcoming work and revision of online certification process.
    • Assisted faculty and submitted tracking forms to

DLIT Tracking Table

  • n/a

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