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.
The 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.
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.
This 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.