Carteret Community College Title III Grant

April 4, 2007

Distance Learning Report 4/5/07

Filed under: Distance Learning - P. Keough — Don Staub @ 10:12 am

If you have been following this Title III Blog you can see there has been a great deal going on with Distance Learning at CCC on multiple fronts.

Strides

Our team of ten DL Pioneers continue to move forward with their online course upgrades in course design, adding podcasts and incorporating more proactive (and innovative) teaching methodology into their online courses.

DL Pioneers

Thanks to the Title III Grant we have hired an Instructional Technology Specialist (Pre-Ah Hill) to assist me with the growing demands for DL training and instructional media production here at CCC.

We have been conducting weekly training for all the faculty and staff at CCC – we had done DL professional development training (both basic and advanced) for over 50 staff and faculty in the past month alone.

Basic DL Training

Advanced DL Training

Two members of our Faculty DL team attended theDL Conference in Durham last February along with Don Staub, Title III Project Director and myself. We continue to offer our DL faculty exciting and worthwhile professional development training both in house and at regional workshops, conferences and seminars. I also gave a presentation on future trends in Distance Learning at this conference.

We also brought in Math Professor Robin Rider from East Carolina University to give or CCC Math faculty Jennifer Eyl and Marg Gross some great online teaching tips, methods his difficult subject in the online environment.

CCC Itunes U is being tested by a cross section of faculty and students and the initial results and feedback is very positive. We plan on interfacing Itunes U with our new version of Blackboard 7.2 this summer semester. We have uploaded 57 podcasts on a variety of topics in just the past 2 months. Our work study student Cameron Lockey has also produced a series of training video podcasts to assist our faculty with the production of podcasts and enhanced podcasts.

I have also been doing some “professional development outreach” for the Carteret County School teachers. Educators at the Middle and High School levels are also facing many of the same challenges we are confronting here at the college level so it is important to keep a dialogue open with our local schools. Joe Poletti, Director of Technology for the Carteret County Schools has been my liason for this networking and training. See my Click here – Personal Blog for an overview of the most recent training session I have conducted.

At the request of our VP of Instruction Dr. Fran Emory we have also established a Distance Learning Advisory Team to assist me with all the issues and challenges CCC is confronting relating to DL such as SACS Accreditation, online course assessments, course upgrading, faculty training on Blackboard Enterprise 7.1, copyright of course content, and the integration (and interfacing) of ITunes U into Blackboard.We had our first meeting last week (see blog linked above) and I feel very positive this advisory team will be a great asset for our various DL initiatives across campus.

In summary it has been a very busy Spring 07 semester on the distance learning front. The Title III grant has empowered CCC as never before. The strides we have made over the past 3 months are impressive in my opinion, however we still have a great deal to accomplish as far as assessing the results of our online teacher training and course upgrades. We have also started a conversation among our faculty on assessment issues and what types of course assessments are the most viable.

I believe the bottom line to all of this is doing a better job in all phases of online teaching. Our faculty are committed to doing a better job with student retention in online classes and I believe have some great new tools and pedagogy to enhance student satisfaction and retention rates across the spectrum of our college programs.

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1 Comment »

  1. Patrick,

    Sounds great. I didn’t know about the county schools prof. development. That on top of everything else? No wonder you’re so busy.

    Jason

    Comment by Jason — April 4, 2007 @ 1:21 pm | Reply


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