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November 14, 2012 / dlitgroup

Weekly Updates – November 14

DLIT Staff Reports

This area includes accomplishments, milestones, or comments from DLIT staff.

  • Eric Kunnen
    • BOT Presentation – Delivered the Access End Monitoring Report to the Board of Trustees on Monday evening.
    • Blackboard Team Meeting – Facilitated meeting and prepared agenda.  Meeting Minutes here: https://dlitgroup.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/bb-team-meeting-3/
    • EDUCAUSE Conference – Attended conference and prepare summary including notes here: https://dlitgroup.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/educause-conference-week-in-review/
    • Blackboard Featured GRCC on the Bb Blog – “Five Ways to Engage Community College Students” http://blog.blackboard.com/company/featured/five-ways-to-engage-community-college-students/
    • Bb Infographic – Shared Blackboard data in graphic form here: https://dlitgroup.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/blackboard-infographic-for-fall-2012/
    • Shared Syllabus Tool (Intellidemia) with Bill F and Katie D that Lansing CC just  adopted for their standardized/template based syllabus project.
    • Attended aimWest (The Interactive Association of West Michigan) – “Innovation in Education”  21st century learning has introduced innovation and entrepreneurship into the equation. Is the old model dead? Will online learning help or hinder the process? Come to our aimWest event in November to learn from top educators how they are transforming the education culture and creating a new generation of student entrepreneurs who work, think and learn differently to prepare for the jobs of the future. (Szymon Machajewski is a panelist.)
    • Deans Council Course Fees – Shared that GRCC brings in almost a half million each year in the $16 per contact hour DL fee and also the tech fee that students pay.  These currently go into the general fund.
    • New Survey Tool in Bb SP10 – Shared with Donna K and Denyse B that there is a new survey tool in the latest release of Blackboard (Service Pack 10). We are currently on SP9, but we plan to get SP10 up on a test server to evaluate the new features. The new tool is called “Enterprise Surveys and Course Evaluations” and is included at no extra charge. There is nice integration with Bb and it will make it easier to deploy a survey to a set of courses, an individual course, or also externally. When a survey is deployed to a course a reminder “banner” appears for the student at the top of the screen. The survey can also be taken on a mobile device.
    • ITC Survey – Compiled data with Jose M and Heath C for the Instructional Technology Council report.
    • MCCVLC Accessibility Webinar – Attended the VLC webinar and took notes here: http://t.co/54pbcHhR
    • ETOM Board Meeting – Facilitated the board meeting as current president.
    • CO122 and CO155 were approved for online delivery.
    • Shared with Kathy K, Ric U, Meegan W, Jeff K, Klass K, Mark V, and Simon K resources for accessibility using 3Play and AutomaticSync.
  • Meegan Willi
    • Met with Mary Kearny for one-on-one Blackboard help on 11/8.
    • Met with the Online Course Review Committee on 11/8 – CO 155 and CO 122 were recommended for online delivery.
    • Cancelled Blackboard Rubrics session from 11/9 due to the morning delay. The session was rescheduled on 11/30.
    • Met with Jeff Kissinger, Klass Kwant, Mark Vogel, Simon Kittok to discuss automated options for captioning on 11/9. We are moving quickly to determine what options are available, and what may work for us, a single option or a hybrid of options.
    • Attended the ISIS Staff Meeting on 11/9.
    • Participated in the accessibility webinar on 11/13 – Creating Accessible Materials.
    • 11/14  met with Susan Mowers to help with creating an assessment in Blackboard.
    • Attended Blackboard Team Meeting on 11/14.
    • Met with Garry Brand on 11/14 to discuss online course development.
    • Prepped for Blackboard Session on Adding Video to Your Course – 11/16.
    • Working with Mark and the Summer 12 Pilot Faculty to identify courses which need to be moved from the pilot server to the production server. Emailed on 11/12, and followed up on 11/14 with those who have not yet responded.
  • Jose Mora
    • Diana K asked abut Bb percentages for her grades
    • Faculty member needed help with setting up safe assignment and make sure it was working.
    • Created new online sections
    • Processed reimbursements
    • Processed invoices
    • Updated Online Course Development Spreadsheet
    • Updated public Online Course list
    • Gathered ITC Survey Data
    • Attended ISIS Ops Meeting
    • Attended Webinar
    • Worked with Bryan to create ps test account
    • Recorded Camtasia tutorial
    • Worked with Penni to lend out i>Clickers
    • Attended Blackbord Team meeting
    • Inactivated Honor Students
    • Answered incoming phone calls
    • Answered DLIT email
      • Do you offer online classes for a business administration major? If so, how can I apply for them?
      • I attended school many years ago, approximently 12 years ago and was wondering if you still had my files and how many credit hours I am shy for receiving an associates degree in any field
      • I am looking for a degree in computer science. I would like to see what courses you have available online or on campus.
      • Can you take the basic courses online?
      • I just signed up for an online course for CD 105 online. I am going to be taking it this coming semester (Winter 2013) but I am wondering how I get the process started like where to login? How to login? ETC?? Also, it is ONLY online NOT hybrid

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

Garry Brand – 8 Hours per Week

  • Providing technical assistance to DLIT as it pertains to the Online/Hybrid Certification Course. For example, make recommendations for changes in the OHCC, assist with faculty professional development, review and synthesize data.
  • Providing advice about the current state of OHCC and make recommendations for improvements or other changes.
  • Making recommendations for changes to distance-delivered education, especially as they pertain to recommendations made by the Higher Learning Commission; assisting with the implementation of those changes.
  • Co-facilitating the Online Hybrid Certification Course.

Gary Ebels, Lisa Gloege, and Mursalata Muhammad- 4 Hours Per Week

  • Providing faculty professional development with emphasis on instructional technologies to peers.
  • Reviewing and synthesizing data about the College’s distance-delivered education program.
  • Assisting with the implementation of changes based on those data as well as the recommendations made by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Regularly representing DLIT in campus and community meetings.
  • Lisa Gloege
    • Participated in new online course approval meeting-reviewed three courses
    • Researched hybrid course definitions/procedures/evaluation at other institutions
    • Staffed open BB lab
    • Attended accessibility webinar
  • Gary Ebels
    • Made 2 presentations on Blackboard Grade Center for the Adjunct Learning Day
    • Staffed Blackboard Open Lab – seeing more attendance – learners posted in DLIT tracking log
  • Mursalata Muhammad
    • 4.25 hours
    • Saturday 11.10.12 worked on a DLIT liaison proposal (1hr)
    • Monday   11.12.12   Staffed DLIT Open Lab (3hrs)
    • Tuesday  11.13.12 Sent follow-up emails to faculty who sought DLIT lab help: Melanie F
    • Composed & emailed weekly DLIT report: Eric K (.25hrs)
  • Garret Brand
    • Blackboard Team Meeting
    • Faculty Drop-Ins
    • E-mail assistance with Blackboard
    • Met with Instructional Designer regarding Online Course Development
    • Webinar on Making Web Content Accessible
    • Investigated resources related to accessibility
    • ISIS Staff Meeting
    • Deans Council Presentation
    • Hours at http://www.editgrid.com/user/gbrand/hours.
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