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January 30, 2013 / dlitgroup

Weekly Updates – January 30

DLIT Staff Reports

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

  • Eric Kunnen
    • AX Partnership Meeting – WCAG Level AA Conformance with Bb Learn 9.1 SP11 with additional enhancements for skip links and keyboard shortcuts.  It would be wise for GRCC to make plans to upgrade to this release or SP12 for the Summer 2013 semester to improve usability and to pursue in good faith efforts to improve ADA efforts on behalf of students.
    • Meeting with Bill F and Jeremy O on drafting an email to Faculty per AGC Minimum Use Standards.
    • Meeting with MB on ESP suggestions for facilitation of sessions for Bb and accessibility.
    • ADA Capacity Team Meeting – Focus on building up resources to support faculty and staff with questions and training needed.
    • Meeting with Bill F on Syllabus Bb Minimum Standards and discussing methods to trim and clean up the report.  These suggestions were shared with David A in IT.
    • Shared student session suggestions with counseling for establishing workshops for online students.  (Facilitators would need to be found to create and deliver the training to students.)
    • Shared CLS 100 Topics and SmarterMeasure as a possible assessment tool for online students with Lynnae S.
    • Background work for Meet & Confer Performance Evaluation.
    • Reviewed Questions for accessibility for an upcoming ECAR Survey.
    • Researched interactive projectors and white boards with Vicki J.
    • ISIS Meeting – Focused on reviewing reports for the faculty and sharing ideas for the future.
    • Updated Early Alert Flags on Blackboard with new Retention Specialist Information.
    • Planning Bb Analytics for Learn (A4L) Meeting in March with IT
    • Attended GRCC Leadership Institute
    • Attended SLT Meeting
    • Attended the DLIT EOL Faculty Meeting
    • Planned and facilitated the Bb Team Meeting
  • Meegan Willi
    • Co-facilitated the OHCC online and at the Friday session.
    • Attended the ISIS Staff Meeting on 1/25.
    • Met with Candace D. for Blackboard help with her first online course, 1/25.
    • Attended the Blackboard Team Meeting on 1/28.
    • Met with Eric K. to discuss mid-year performance evaluation.
    • Met with Melanie S. on 1/29 to review WE 189 – a new online course she is developing.
    • Reviewed a computer applications course on request against the Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric.
    • Attended the ADA Capacity Subteam meeting on 1/29.
    • Prepped for session on Creating Accessible Course Materials – Word documents and PowerPoints – which is being offered on 1/31.
    • Created the First Friday Tip – Running Course Reports for Individual Student Grade Reports – which will go out on 2/1.
    • Worked on the 7th Annual Teaching, Learning and Technology Showcase. Updated the proposal form, gathered lists of past presenters for communication.
    • Assisted in the creation of a blog post to highlight and promote our Donuts & Bagels on 2/6.
    • Attended the Blackboard Accessibility Partnership Meeting/webinar on 1/30.
    • Assisted 8 faculty and staff members via phone, email, and drop-in with questions related to:
      • how to overwrite a file in Blackboard
      • course copy assistance
      • adding images to a Blackboard course
      • fix course quota full error
      • adding PDFs to an announcement
      • quiz settings showing correct answer to students after submission even though this was not a selected setting
      • creating columns in grade center and weighting the columns
      • adding files to a Blackboard course
  • Jose Mora
    • Nancy F wanted to create a weighted column in Blackboard
    • Judith E helped her setup her Blackboard grade center
    • Nancy G needed help with playing videos within PowerPoint. She needs to “enable content” in PowerPoint.
    • Anthony  wanted to share his Camtasia Studio video directly to relay but he did not have the option. I made sure he had the same version that I do (I have it) to make sure that it is up to date. I advised him to contact IT for a re-install and to share it on YouTube in the meantime.
    • Judith  needed help uploading syllabus in Blackboard
    • Debra  wanted to create a Blackboard account
    • Hope  wanted to figure out what to do about OHCC; drop out or need more time to make up her work because she is ill and in the hospital.
    • Deb wanted to make her Blackboard course available
    • Timothy  needed help with upload documents to Blackboard and setting up a safe assignment.
    • Steve  had questions about clickers
    • Katie  was having a “not enough space” error in Blackboard
    • Judith  wanted to setup her Blackboard grade center with new columns and weighted column
    • Enrolled students in course
    • Processed reimbursements
    • Contacted students about winning free parking passes for completing survey
    • Prepared for Donuts & Bagels and TLT Showcase
    • Attended BB meeting
    • Attended Drupal Refresher course
    • Answered incoming phone calls
    • Answered DLIT email
      • I am currently studying at Washtenaw Community College via distance learning. I have 42 credits and I am looking into transferring this fall. I recently found that the Information Security – Computer and Information Systems Security degree is offered entirely online. I am interested in enrolling, however, I have found little information regarding the courses per-requisites etc. I am filing for my FAFSA and I want to include Grand Rapids Community College in my options for schools.

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

  • Lisa Gloege
    • Planning TLT Showcase
  • Gary Ebels
    • Enrolled 2 new learners in Blackboard Basics and Grade Center.
    • Cleared content from past learners – Blackboard Basics
    • Tried to keep up with the flurry of e-mails – planning TLC Showcase and other DLIT events.
  • Mursalata Muhammad
    • Attended ISIS meeting
    • Planning Your Teaching, Their Learning, and Technology CTE session
    • Advised Experiential Learning on including Bb us for Honors students
    • Worked on Educause Resources
    • Worked CTE Bb site
  • Garret Brand

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