Distance Learning Training and Resources for Educators

Archive for April, 2009

Spring / Summer 2009 DL Report

The Distance Learning team have been busy this past year. Blackboard Boot Camp is now totally online. New online adjunct teachers can now take the training on Blackboard if they cannot attend our Blackboard Certification workshops here on campus.

We are also transitioning the Online Tutoring service funded (piloted) by Title III over to Kimberly Johnson and Academic Support. I have conducting training for Kimberly and her tutors so they can tutor students not only in Academic Support but online as well.

blackboard_2002The statewide budget crunch is impacting everyone and the Community College System is no exception. Carteret Community College may have to pay the Blackboard licensing fees after June, 2011. We are budgeting for this reality and should not have to discontinue using Blackboard as our primary Course Management System any time soon, however Carteret Community College is now a part of the Moodle “open source” CMS consortium developed by the System Office and we are training a cross section of our online faculty this summer on Moodle (thanks to a Title III Professional Development Grant) just to be on the safe side and be proactive regarding this important issue.

Pre-Ah Hill continues to work “one on one” with many of our newer online faculty in assisting them in all aspects of course building and online instructional design. She has also assisted me in developing a comprehensive effective online learning workshop for students. So far over 90 students have attended this training and since then it has been put online with enhanced podasts and screen videos. This initiative was a result of Title III and the next logical step after getting all our faculty trained on Blackboard and online teaching methods. Click Here for Effective Online Learning Workshop

Our DL Intern Shannon Ayers has assisted many of our online faculty produce course orientation videos and video lectures to be embedded into their courses. This past semester the Distance Learning Department also created our own CCC DL YouTube Channel to store all our instructional videos.

Click here to view some of those videos in YouTube.

We have wrapped up the second phase of the Technology Center Grant on Blogging, YouTube and ITunes U for instructional use. These instructional resources can be found by clicking here. Three workshops were conducted on campus as part of this grant and were opened up to faculty from other Community Colleges in our region. Approximately 50 faculty attending these 3 workshops.

The Technology Committee has tasked the Distance Learning Department with developing better policies, procedures and training for our department to work more efficiently and seamlessly with departments that work closely with us such as IT, Academic Support, Enrollment Resources and the Library. We are in the process of fine tuning these policies and coordinating the training.

moodlelogoThis summer are conducting Moodle training (train the trainer model) to approximately 9 of our CCC faculty. I have developed a comprehensive Moodle training program on a Moodle platform and will make it available to anyone interested in learning more about Moodle.

We’ve scheduled a Blackboard Boot Camp for Friday, July 31st. There are still a few slots left for this comprehensive Blackboard training. Please contact Pre-Ah Hill to sign-up.

Our Phase III Distance Learning Pioneers have submitted their final reports and they can be seen on the T3 Blog under DL Pioneers Link. I’m so impressed with the quality of instructional design work our online faculty have been doing the past year as far as adding creative “rich media content” to their courses. There is no doubt in my mind that CCC is a leader and innovator in Distance Learning across the state.

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Photo Educator’s Conference Overview

fogdallasI'm still jazzed from attending the Society for Photo Education National Conference in Dallas last week. Photography Program Coordinator,Cathy Crowell and I have been sharing what we learned with our students in all our classes. The following are some key bullet points I believe were some important things and issues that were addressed and highlighted at the conference. We could not have attending this excellent and informative conference without the financial support from Title III.

Cathy Crowell Looking at Student Work at SPE Print Sharing

Cathy Crowell Looking at Student Work at SPE Print Sharing

We as educators MUST prepare our students for jobs that in many cases don't even exist today, but will in 5 years. That is how fast technology is changing and evolving.

Photo Student Todd Rotkis holding up his Ambrotypes at Print Sharing

Photo Student Todd Rotkis holding up his Ambrotypes at Print Sharing

1. Keeping abreast of technology is crucial - no longer an option if you want to be successful and marketable.

2. Communications technologies are merging (melding together) and creating new media. Photographers must embrace (and become proficient in) video, blogging, still imaging, writing, graphic design and podcasting.

Photoshop Demo at Conference

Photoshop Demo at Conference

3. Creative Problem Solving (Critical Thinking) skills are essential to survival and success in Global economy.

4. Our culture is becoming more and more visually literate so visual literacy skills are a must.
5. The bar is getting higher for many technical and photography jobs so in-depth computer / software skills are very important, in addition to having a strong grasp of all the fundamentals.
6. A dynamic "user friendly" web presence (and digital resume) in many ways replaces the traditional paper resume - make sure it tells your story and communicates who you are and what you are about clearly and effectively.

7. Must be very proactive in your education and career search.

8. Being a life long learner is a must in the digital era.

One thing that was reinforced over and over throughout the conference was just how dramatically the photographic industry and photo education has changed over the past 5 - 10 years. The industry is not what it was a decade ago due to the broad impact of digital technology and the internet. This reality has both positive and negative repercussions for educator', students and anyone working in any realm of the discipline.

Digital View Camera Demo - SPE Conference

Digital View Camera Demo - SPE Conference

Being aware of what is going on in the field is the first step to navigate and function successfully in it. Educator's must develop new technological skill-sets (and methodologies) just like our students and working photographers. No one is getting a bye in this highly complex digital / global environment.

College graduates are stepping into a highly competitive marketplace and their success will be determined by how creative they are and how well they understand the digital dynamics of the "wired world" we now live in.

Every facet of our society is experiencing dramatic change and in many cases upheaval. Knowledge is going to be more important than ever before. It's going to be a different kind of knowledge though. I believe it will be an intuitive ability to access, integrate and comprehend new information and then apply it to solving specific problems both within and outside our career disciplines.

Business and industries in this country and around the world are changing at a very rapid rate and its our job as educator's (especially at the Community College Level) to keep abreast of these changes, mostly due to the evolution of technology at all levels of society. Attending professional conferences like these are one way for us as teachers and administrator's to keep informed of the latest innovations in the fields we teach. The issues raised at this conference not only related to the Photographic industry - they related to any business, industry and educational institution impacted by digital technology.