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October 10, 2012 / dlitgroup

Donuts with DLIT – October 10

Donuts with DLIT – We provide the rounds, and you arrive to enjoy, discuss, ask questions, share stories, and learn more about distance learning and Blackboard at GRCC!

On Wednesday, October 10th from 8:30 to 10 AM, DLIT hosted a “Donuts and Distance Learning & Bagels and Blackboard” event on the Snedan Campus.  This informal gathering of faculty and staff has become a popular time to discuss and share best practices as well as to network with peers from across the campus!

Each month this event is held with a unique theme.  This month’s theme was a Listening Session where faculty can discuss what is working well and what can be improved with Blackboard and Online Learning.  Full time, adjunct faculty, and staff attended this event from departments that included Mathematics, Economics, Criminal Justice, and Language Arts as well as attendees from the DLIT and IT departments.

Topics discussed at this event centered around:

  • Ideas for improving faculty support and communication around new features and “how to” information for faculty.  Suggestions included a friday tips email, and organization of current tip sheets available.
  • Areas of improvement includes problems with classroom computers displaying missing plugin information in Firefox, Browser updates, and problems in displaying item tracking reports in Blackboard.
  • Suggestions for improving the communication around hybrid courses so students are better aware of how these courses work.
  • New features in Blackboard that faculty are enjoying include the course themes, new look and feel, and upcoming signup tool that will be available soon.
  • Interest in expanding awareness around open education resources, YouTube EDU, Kahn Academy, and Camtasia Relay.
  • Strategies for working with Blackboard assessments were also shared during this event such as using a password on quizzes to allow for students that need extra time or an extra day to complete the assessment after the deadline.

Join DLIT for next month’s donut event where the focus will be on creating exemplary courses in Blackboard!

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