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August 15, 2012 / dlitgroup

Weekly Updates – August 15th


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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
    • Attended a Bb ConnectText Webinar highlighting a new text messaging service coming to Blackboard.  The key features that are part of this product will be included with the Professor Notification Tool to be implemented at GRCC for Fall.
    • Edited the website to include changes of new pricing structure for the Blackboard Mobile Learn app on iOS and Android that will be implemented in September.
    • Presented AQIP DL CAP Update to Deans with the team recommendation to close the cap.  A new cap is likely to be proposed that focuses on online course quality and student success at the next Deans meeting.  Based on feedback, the recommendations presented to Deans need to be aligned with departments and meetings setup with each individual area to request support for the online program.
    • AX Partnership meeting was held with Blackboard.  The focus of these meetings is to target accessibility in the product and to work closely with Bb to evaluate and to offer suggestions as to ADA needs.
    • Reviewed projects submitted to the PMO office that are in wait state. Sent an email to Tina H to inquire about the CRM tool to use with DL student communication and for new student markets for recruitment.  Checked on the DL Database request and it is about to enter the feasibility study phase and the A4L(Analytics for Learn) project is in progress.
  • Meegan Willi
    • Co-facilitated the OHCC
    • Attended a Bb ConnectText Webinar highlighting a new text messaging service coming to Blackboard. The webinar is available for view here
    • Attended webinar from i>clicker: Teaching Faculty about Effective Use of Clickers. The webinar focused on the professional development aspect and was given by Dr. Stephanie Chasteen,, faculty member and professional developer at the University of Colorado at Boulder. There was a lot of wonderful information that may help us develop and deliver successful pedagogical and technical i>clicker trainings. I’m waiting on the follow-up email with a link to the recording and materials to share. In the meantime, here is a link that Stephanie shared with us which has a plethora of clicker resources:
    • Met with Mary G. on August 9th to continue work on a new online course, GH 110. Mary had all of her quiz questions determined and we used Repondus to upload them into pools in her template. All of the videos have been selected and are currently embedded in the weekly folders – youtube as well as NBC content. Mary will be coming back on August 15th to continue work on the discussion boards, and the remaining weekly content.
    • August 10th – Raider Rally, set-up and manned the Distance Learning table with Eric K. from 9-12:30 pm.
    • Co-facilitated the OHCC Optional Campus Session on August 10th with Garry. We had two faculty in attendance. Two videos were added to the course to cover the materials for those who were unable to attend.
    • All week, worked on Distance Learning College Action Plan Strategic Plan Document – editing and formatting.
    • August 13th, emailed all Distance Learning Faculty a fall tip email with helpful links and important dates and information.
      • Good afternoon Distance Learning Faculty!Fall is quickly approaching – the semester begins on August 27th!We have developed a webpage ( with a series of resources to assist you in helping to ensure student success and retention in your online courses. In order to help you get started on the right foot, here are the important points from the Before the Semester Begins page.

        Prepare Your Course Shell

        All Fall courses were created on July 27th. You will have access to your courses as soon as you are assigned as the instructor in PeopleSoft. Once you have access to the course, you can either build your course from scratch or copy content from another course. For help copying content, check out this tipsheet.

        Check Content and Links

        There is a detailed checklist available, click here to download it as a pdf.

        Post a Welcome Announcement

        In your welcome message you may want to include the date/time of class, a brief course overview, instructor’s name and contact information, any textbook information, as well as how you intend to use Blackboard. If you are teaching an online course, direct students to where they should begin such as linking them to an orientation or the course syllabus.

        Open your Course Early

        Blackboard courses will automatically become available for students on the first day of the semester, August 27th; however, you can control this and open the course early. For more help, view this tip sheet or watch this video.

        Remember, Help is Available

        If you need one-on-one help, stop by 351 Main on Friday, August 24th between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, or contact  to schedule an alternative time. If you are interested in attending trainings during the fall semester, check out the Center for Teaching Excellence’s registration page at

        Have a wonderful Fall Semester!

        Meegan & the DLIT Team

    • Reviewed CO 171 on August 14th, a new online course submitted on August 11th by Tim Koets. Waiting on review(s) from the online course review committee and Eric K. to make a final recommendation to Ric U. by the end of the week.
    • Met with Tim H. to copy a course on August 14th.
    • Met with Judy B. on August 15th regarding a new online course, CO 122. Judy is redoing a lot of the course for her f2f section for Adobe CS6. Thus far, the textbook has been straightened out, the syllabus needs to be completed (update attendance policy / remove NS), old PPTs from publisher in the weekly folders need to be hidden or updated with new ones, assignment checklist needs to be updated to include due dates on it, an orientation needs to be included. Judy will be working in dependently on this and will communicate back with me with questions and then when the course is ready for review.
    • Met with Mary G. on August 15th. Final exam and course evaluation have been added to the course. All discussion questions are populated for each week, multiple threads per forum. For next week’s meeting, Mary will add weekly introductions, lectures (PPTs), link the DB forum into the weekly folders, and add assigned readings to the weekly folders.
    • Attended the Project Prioritization Team Meeting on August 15th in Ric’s place.
    • Assisted other faculty drop-ins in person, via phone, email, and Blackboard IM. Submitted tracking forms to – summary is available here [] – 13 faculty members, (1) questions on restoring an old course, (2) searching for a 2010 course on Blackboard – need to get it restored to copy for the Fall, (3) help updating faculty webpage in drupal on grcc website, (4) course copy, (5) questions on Camtasia videos and where best to save to use in multiple courses without going over file quotas, (6) looking for Bb Admin, (7) Discussion Board grading questions, (8) creating a new assessment and use questions in a pool currently in a Bb course in a random block, (9) question for Bb Admin, (10) wants to pull down questions from Bb and print out, (11) import a test in a Word document format into Blackboard, (12) wants to redo a course copy, (13) wants to import a publisher test bank in a rtf into Blackboard.
  • Jose Mora
    • Working with IT to make sure lab has all necessary software for STI
      • Working with Media to make sure laptops for STI have all the same software
    • Working with IT and MCCVLC to fix mail filtering issue
    • Enrolled MCCVLC students in course
      • Processed their applications
    • Weekly meeting with Ric and Penni
    • Gathered DLIT and DEL program data for Ric
    • Sent out DLIT welcome letter to all online students for fall semester
    • Scheduled meetings
    • Attended Raider Rally
    • Attended Study Away Presentation
    • Attended Student Feedback training
    • Updated email groups
    • Answered DLIT email
      • Hello I recently added a class BA 282 Organizational Behavior thinking it is an online course? Can you please verify with me if it is if not I would like to removed that class so I will not get charge. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you
      • I am registering for an online class for this fall and am curious about a few things. I’ve taken an online class here before and the one I have registered for the fall is significantly more  expensive than the last one. Is there a reason why I have to pay the campus activities fee and all of these other fees when I’m not even going to be on campus?
      • I am looking for an experience to do during my winter 2013 semester; however, I do not see a clear answer on the schools website. I am not sure if this is the right department I would contact to know the process to see if the school offers credit for internships etc
      • Please send me a list of “online computer” courses (and their descriptions) that will be available for students this coming fall (and winter). Thank you

EOL Faculty Reports

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

  • Lisa Gloege
    • Preparing for two (new!) STI sessions
  • Gary Ebels
    • Helping the team cover for Eric!
    • Continued leading the GRCC Blackboard Basics Online  and Blackboard Grade Center Online classes. Current enrollment – Basics = 5, Gradebook = 4 (2 recent graduates).
    • Preparing for Blackboard upgrade Thursday and 2 separate presentations for Bootcamp next week.
  • Mursalata Muhammad
  • Garret Brand
    • Facilitate OHCC
    • Softchalk Webinar on Flipped Classroom
    • Reporting and Grading
    • Recovering Video
    • Assist with Blackboard Upgrade questions
    • Prepare for OHCC final presentations
    • detail of hours at

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