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May 23, 2012 / dlitgroup

Weekly Updates – May 23


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
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  • Project 2 – Enhance Classroom and Instructional Technologies
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  • Project 3 – Extend Blackboard Learn, Content, Community
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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
    • VLC Survey – Submitted survey for the MCCVLC Distance Learning Administrators Survey 2012 with Jose M’s assistance.
    • SoTL – Attended conference at GVSU.  Notes are posted here:
    • Budget Review Process – Spent time in narrative, editing, benchmarking, and revision for the review process.
    • Analytics for Learn – Provided A4L Purchase Requisition Rationale
    • Posted a highlight on Cheryl Kautz Bb Exemplary Course Award on the DLIT blog:
    • PDD Work – Added narrative to the professional development discussion forms.
    • Attended Bb Team Meeting
    • Classroom Technologies Meeting – Met with Mark V and discussed advancements in classroom technologies such as:  AppleTV in connecting to iPad in classroom, sound amplification potential, 5 Relay room microphones, the super kitchen, dev ed computer classrooms in 111 and 112 Cook, and classroom projector upgrades.
  • Meegan Willi
    • Coordinating with the new Online Course Review Committee to schedule a meeting to review four courses: CO 275, DXX 115, DA 112, and DHY 250. The meeting is currently scheduled for the first week of June.
    • Met with Nicole Rome from i>clicker on May 22nd, she gave a two-hour training to about 30 faculty on using i>clickers, the new campus standard that we will have in place for Fall.
    • Helped review DLIT Budget documents.
    • Attended and submitted the minutes for the May 23rd Blackboard Team Meeting:
    • Worked on my PDD, adding narrative and self-evaluation
    • Working with Deb Vilmont to find a potential solution to a non-working interactive chart in Blackboard. I thought there may be potential in using SoftChalk to create a new solution, but there is not a good fit within the software for her needs as they currently stand.
    • Spent time monitoring and posting to the OHCC discussions.
    • Worked with Garry on the grading process for the OHCC activities.
    • Set up a meeting at the end of June with Amy P. who is currently developing EN 249 for online delivery.
    • Assisted other faculty drop ins and emails and submitted tracking forms to– 3 faculty with questions related to finding a solution for extending the time limit of a timed, force completion essay exam in Blackboard, tracking down student evaluations from an online course, and setting up a meeting for one-on-one adjunct training on Blackboard and email.
  • Jose Mora
    • I Met with Lori in regards to marketing the Honors Program and Distance Learning courses in their printed material which they send to all matriculated students. A discussion of promotion on the admission’s application was also brought up on my part and we agreed that further discussion would be needed.
    • Participated in PFD Planning Team meeting
    • Assisted with registration at SoTL Conference
    • Processed reimbursements
    • Met with Ian about purchasing software for the office before the end of the fiscal year
    • Began discussion with Eric Mullen about getting involved in recruitment to better promote Honors & Distance Learning programs
    • Called various institutions surveying for data for budget review process
    • Helped edit budget review document
    • Ran Honor Counts
    • Answered DLIT emails
      • I would like to request some information regarding the ESL Program. I work for the Department of Human Services and I am trying to get information for a client that English is not her primary language. I would like to request enrollment information, the requirements and if there is any financial Aid available for this class, also a contact person if it is possible.
      • I attended a couple years ago but I’m not living in Grand Rapids anymore can I still take online classes?
      • I’m a transfer student so I am wondering about possible transfer credit. I passed 2 AP classes that I think would give me credit for a couple of the classes as well. Also, GVSU refers to required “humanities” and “world perspective” electives, as well as general electives. I don’t know what classes would fit into these categories.
      • I would like to take Addiction Studies on line as my class schedule and work schedule are in conflict. Can you help me get things straightened out for fall classes?

EOL Faculty Reports

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

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