Title III Update
Technology Learning Center Report
Judith Lea, Director
April and May were busy months in the TLC. We played
host to a new TV commercial for NACC in early April. Students
were filmed in the lab displaying the available technologies for
As director of the TLC I attended several professional
development workshops. Troy University hosted a three-day
Blackboard Symposium where workshops on Blackboard tools such as
Connect, Collaborate, Analytics, Mobile, Transact, and the new
Blackboard 9.1 Service pack 8 were offered.
I also attended the annual Tennessee Valley Educational
Consortium, hosted by Calhoun Community College, of which
Northeast is a member. We had a day of peer presentations
focused on online learning and instruction. It’s a great day to
share with colleagues from other educational institutions and
Troy University’s annual eColloquium was conducted with the
subject being “Retention: YOU are the Key: Instructor Strategies
for Retaining Students.” Dr. Larry Ragan was the keynote
speaker. Dr. Ragan directs the design and development of a wide
range of faculty development services and systems for Penn
State's Academic Outreach. Academic Outreach serves learners via
online (the World Campus), Continuing Education, and the video
learning network. Dr. Ragan designs and delivers professional
development programs, establishes a faculty development learning
community, and conducts research including the articulation of
strategies to help faculty manage the online workload (SMOW) and
the definition of competencies for online teaching success
(COTS). He has served in leadership roles as co-director of the
EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership program (2005-2006), and
currently co-director of the PSU/Sloan-C Institute for Emerging
Leadership in Online Learning.
We conducted finals on campus playing host to students who
needed a proctor for their online courses.
I enrolled in two continuing education courses. Collaboration in
the Digital Classroom and Instructional Ideas and Technology
Tools which will end the first of June. Between semesters
Blackboard maintenance was performed as well as the addition of
several new tools.
We added the Internships.com module which is a free service to
our students. Through Blackboard students can access the
Internships.com module and build a resume portfolio; take an
aptitude test and begin searching for Internships and or jobs.
The Career Center has begun using the aptitude test to assist
students with career planning and our Nursing director was both
excited and surprised to see that all the jobs in the tri-state
area she had been made aware of for recent graduates were listed
on the site. This is a great service to our students.
We also added Merlot Search which is another reliable resource
for our online students when doing college level research.
Merlot is a place where students can find online learning
materials, web sites and educational digital libraries that have
been reviewed and approved by educators worldwide. This along
with the new EBSCO search our library has added gives our
students an array of reliable resources 24/7 from anywhere they
have an internet connections.
We continue to grow our resources for our students as well as
our services. We will add a lab assistant to the TLC beginning
summer semester. We saw 1263 students during the months of April