Title III Update
Technology Learning Center Report
Judith Lea, Director
June in the TLC began with student Blackboard
Orientations. As a new summer semester got underway 172 students
attended the on campus sessions. Students also have access to
the online Blackboard Orientation which is provided free of
charge by the college.
One-on-one instructor training sessions were held with full-time
and adjunct instructors offering assistance on course design. It
was exciting to see instructor’s enthusiasm when a new tool was
introduced for class collaboration. A US History instructor
integrated NBC Learn videos in his discussion board to allow
students more peer to peer interaction. A video on the debate
over whether public schools should teach evolution brought up
many good discussions among the students. As one student put it;
“This feels like a real class.” I think the student was
referring to the feel of an on campus class.
The Distance Education committee formed a sub-committee and
assigned the task of creating a Policies and Procedures manual
along with guidelines for online course development and
delivery. This document will serve a great purpose for the
faculty at Northeast and enrich the online content and courses
We were asked to present videos of some of our Nursing students
giving a testimony of the WIMBA classroom tool. The Northeast
Nursing department uses WIMBA to capture all their live classes
and then makes the archive available for students to review
through Blackboard. This tool has proven itself invaluable to
the Northeast Nursing students for study tools and remediation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrAuR2jKia0. The students were
featured in a presentation given by the President of Blackboard
Collaborate at the 2012 users’ conference.
I attended the Alabama Community College Information Services
Conference in June at Orange Beach and was able to sit in on
sessions with topics such as Gmail vs. other mail; virtual
desktops; clouds and the era of bring your own device; disaster
recovery and backup in the cloud. This conference is a great
place to network with other technology directors and share
thoughts and ideas.
A technology specialist from Pearson Education conducted a
workshop on campus with the English department for the new
Blackboard building block and the integration of the Pearson
course content. This will be a great new tool for instructors
whether online or on campus and give students access to many
more reliable resources.
A QuickBooks class was taught during the summer semester for the
first time. The TLC serves as a Certified Certiport testing
center so students were able to come to the lab in late July and
take practice test in preparation for their certification test
to be given as a final the first week in August.
Once again the TLC served as a proctor location for many
students not only from Northeast but from other colleges as
well. The TLC had 1267 tutoring sessions during June and July.