Carteret Community College Title III Grant

June 5, 2008

DL Report June 08 – Moving Forward!

Filed under: Distance Learning - P. Keough — Don Staub @ 3:01 pm

We are now into Phase IV of the QAP “Peer Review” process. Pre-Ah and I hope to get another 15-20 online courses evaluated by August. This has been a great learning and growing process for the DL Team and the online faculty. There is no doubt it is making our online courses better in both instructional design and technical/visual sophistication.

Our Online Tutoring service is being offered through the summer. Lisa Galizia is doing a great job facilitating the service and Jeremy Leonard our Biology tutor is working closely with Bo Sosnicki our online Biology instructor. Jeremy is actually becoming an integral part of the class and is participating in their online chat sessions each week. This is a model I plan on implementing for our Fall online classes.

The Phase III T3 DL Pioneers have been tentatively selected and will be announced at convocation this coming August. I’m still in the process of identifying the last few staff members for this team that will consist of 5 faculty and 5 CCC staff members in order to get student services and support more involved and trained with online services for their respective areas.

Thanks to a grant from Title III the DL Department has been able bring a summer intern on board until August. Her name is Shannon Ayers and she is graduating the Photography Program in August and is trained in all aspects of podcasting (video production) and enhanced podcasting. She is available by appointment to assist any faculty member (including adjuncts) in producing podcasts (and instructional videos) for online classes. This is a great opportunity for faculty get some audio and/or video content produced and uploaded into their online courses (and CCC ITunes) so it will be first come first serve as far as making appointments with Shannon to schedule your instructional podcast and/or video production. We announced this initiative yesterday and she already has 3 appointments to produce podcasts.

CCC has upgraded to Blackboard 8.0 and the biggest change is with the Gradebook. It is completely different with lots more functionality. Pre-Ah and I are conducting 2 training sessions on the Gradebook this afternoon. Both are sessions are full.

For the past 2 weeks the DL Department with the assistance of Jeannette have been conducting an inventory of all equipment purchased through Title III since we got the grant. We have created a spread sheet (data base) of all the equipment (laptops , digital cameras and IPods) and have put labels on this equipment as well.

Pre-Ah is developing a new improved online orientation and we hope to have this available to students by Fall semester. She is developing this with Camtasia and creating screen casts for all the various functions of Blackboard. She is also working with online faculty upgrading courses, creating videos, podcasts and troubleshooting on a daily basis especially since we have upgraded to a new version of Blackboard.

This past February the CCC DL department received an $8,400 grant to produce an instructional web resource for podcasting that will be used by the entire Community College System. We completed this project last week and it has been well received. You can view this Quicktime video version at this link along with out Tech Center Grant Resource Blog.

Once we get our faculty trained with the new blackboard Gradebook we are planning a series of Thursday afternoon training on various aspects of online instructional design and producing rich media content

Submitted by Patrick Keough
Director of Distance Learning

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