Title III Update
Technology Learning Center Report
Judith Lea, Director
August ended summer semester and began a new year with fall
semester. There were 10 days between semesters for students; the
TLC remained open between terms to serve students and faculty.
During the month of August we saw 859 students.
Technology support was given to Mrs. Nancy Griggs for the annual
Human Resource Conference.
As instructors prepared their fall courses the TLC held 13 one
on one sessions to assist with course design. This gives
instructors the chance to ask questions concerning a specific
area of technology they are interested in learning more about.
Instructors set up voice boards within their Blackboard courses
giving distance education students the opportunity to have an
audible discussion with their classmates as well as instructors.
Instructors create a voice board and make the initial post by
asking questions or giving assignments. Students then create an
audible thread responding to the instructor’s directions and
then commenting to their classmates. The voice board has been a
huge success with students and instructors.
The Technology Learning Center worked with the Professional
Development Committee to provide technology training to faculty
during Fall In-Service. Instructors had the opportunity to earn
six hours of professional development technology training.
Workshops were offered on the new Blackboard Collaborate tool
which will eventually replace WIMBA. They also attended sessions
offered by textbook publishers on their Blackboard building
blocks that link publisher content to the instructors Blackboard
course. These publishers were: McGraw-Hill; Cengage Learning;
and Pearson. A session on the Green Screen was offered to full
time faculty giving them instructors on registration; course
rolls and more. Eleven full time and five part time instructors
completed their required training hours.
Fifty-eight percent of full-time faculty have completed their
technology training. Forty-seven percent of all adjuncts have
completed their technology training.
The first day of class all level one nursing students attended a
Blackboard orientation for NUR103. This is a distance education
class and students were given assistants in logging into
Blackboard and how to maneuver through the course. The first
full week of classes 15 on campus Blackboard orientations
sessions were held. A total of 426 students attended the
sessions. Two additional sessions were held at the DeKalb County
Technology Center for dual enrollment students. Twenty-six
students were in attendance.
Fall is off to a busy start.