The Distance Learning team has had a busy and productive Spring semester so far. As of Spring 2010 the college has officially gone 100% electronic for all faculty grade books and syllabi so we conducted a a series of professional development workshops last semester in order to get our traditional classroom instructors up to speed with the basics of Blackboard. All CCC faculty will be expected to submit their entire grade books electronically to their supervisors via e-mail attachment at the end of each semester from now on.
We were also tasked with creating a Technology Boot Camp assessment and training Blackboard to be used to assess where everyone at CCC is as far as the level of their technical skills with computer literacy, word processing, powerpoint, excel and navigating the internet. Campus wide assessments and training will begin in the coming weeks with a goal to have all CCC employees assessed by April 15th. After that the assessments will be evaluated and targeted training will be given to the staff and faculty that need their technology skills upgraded.
Pre-Ah Hill has worked with seven faculty members so far this Spring to get their Blackboard grade books set up for their seated courses. She has also worked with at least 10 different faculty members on instructional video production, Blackboard upgrades and other troubleshooting problems. She also assisted one faulty member on making screencasts for her online courses.
Professional Development during January and February
Jan 29 Grade Center Workshop: 12 people attended
Feb 5: Blackboard Boot Camp: 5 people attended; One was a repeat, one only stayed for the first Module and 3 graduated.
Feb 19: Using Movie Maker: 13 people attended
We have 7 faculty attending the NC3DL Conference this month in Durham. Title III Project Director Don Staub is presenting on assessing dl courses. Laurie Freshwater is presenting on DL Best Practices and I am sitting on a panel for DL and SACS in addition to giving 2 presentation on incorporating rich media into online courses.
Title III Distance Learning Pioneers Reports
Or Title III Pioneers are doing some exciting things with their online courses. Title III purchased laptops, digital recorders and web cams for the DL Pioneers and they have moved forward creating instructional videos, screencasts and podcasts for their courses in addition to upgrading the design of their blackboards based on the best practices workshops they have attended as part of the DL Pioneer initiative.
The following are some of the things our Phase IV Pioneers are working on as part of the Title III grant.
• Joseph Croom has been working on a welcome video into the Office of Admissions at CCC; as well as a tutorial, or how to guide, on filling out an online application.
• David Roach has completely redone Respiratory Clinical Practice I, RCP 132 for this semester and added an introductory video and a series of instructional videos as well.
• History instructor David Quinn is in the process of digitally recording all his lectures, adding instructional videos to his lessons and has created a video orientation for his HIS 236 course.
• Pamela A. Taylor, Radiography Clinical Coordinator has created an introduction video for RAD Procedures II in addition to adding enhanced instructional podcasts to her online lessons.
• Chemistry instructor Kelly Jo Gordon – Aguilar has create a video orientation for her Chemistry hybrid course and has modified (retooled) all documents (ppts, tests, quizzes, and homework) within BB. She has developed hybrid and web enhanced courses for CHM 151, 152, 131, and 132.
• Faculty Assistant Bessie Wells has accomplished the following as staff person on the Title III DL team.
1. Talked to supervisor and department about what to do; Patrick suggested a blog but the department thought a web page for the Curriculum Support Services Department would be better. Each person in the department will have a short video/enhanced podcast about their area and what they do (divisions they work with, budgets, etc.) on a page. There would also be a few training videos as well as enhanced podcasts about the different aspects of the work CSS does.
2. Talked with Terrence Smith about how to go about getting our web page for the department on the college’s web page. We talked at length about the different coding to use. Terrence said that using HTML language would be fine and he would figure out a way to get our page connected to the college’s page. Seem to think that this would not be a problem.
3. Have chosen colors for the background and text on the page. Have started work on the page and have some things tentatively completed.
4. Have chosen the mascot picture for CSS department to use on the page. Creating hot spots to access the other pages for the department.
5. Will be taking updated pictures of the faculty assistants as well as making appointments for their video/podcast. (They wanted to wait until after Christmas to do this).
6. Have done searches for images to use along with creating banners for each assistant’s page.
• Psychology Instructor Heather Hebert has been in the process of retooling her PSY 150 General Psychology and PSY 281 Abnormal Psychology. She has been meeting with Pre-Ah to produce audio and video components for her to online classes.
• Academic Support coordinator Kimberly Johnson has taken over responsibility for our Title III initiated online tutoring service and submitted the following report.
1 – We are maintaining the same level of service and are paying for 2 of the 3 online tutors. Title 3 might continue to fund the third position through May 2010.
2 – Lara Sassano has been identified as the on-campus/online tutor and will train this semester. She has attended the Effective Online Learning Seminar with Patrick Keough and Pre-Ah Hill and online tutor training with Patrick Keough. As of January 22nd, she is listed as an online tutor and is working with Lisa Taylor in streamlining her profile and learning how to communicate with students. Lara is tutoring A&P, biology and chemistry online.
3- Academic Support has a Skype account that can and will be used for any in-house online tutoring.
4 – We are still developing the process and timing of this process.
5 – I will be attending “Best Learning Center Practices…” webinar on January 26th and will also attend a demonstration on an online tutorial and homework system on February 5th.
6 – Lisa Taylor continues to coordinate and advertise for online tutoring. With the addition of Lara as a tutor, we are now offer assistance in chemistry.
Timeline for Online Tutoring
January 2010 – Pay the majority of online tutor salary from AS budget
January – May 2010 Train in-house online tutor
March 2010 – Have a designated computer set-up for online tutoring with camera and microphone
Title III has been invaluable for CCC to continue being a leader in the state for distance learning. It enables us to do ongoing and varied professional development both in a classroom/lab settings and one on one with individual faculty.