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Title III Update 

July-September 2013
TLC Quarterly Report

Judith Lea, Director

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The third quarter of the year started with vacation and Blackboard World. Once again, the TLC was represented in Las Vegas at BbWorld 2013. Judith Lea and Brent Satterfield were chosen to present a presentation entitled “Offering a Little TLC in the Technology Learning Center”. The presentation was well received with many follow up questions. A copy of the Power Points is located on the TLC Blog.

Students came to the TLC to take certification exams in QuickBooks and IC^3. Anthony Payton featured in the local newspapers as a Northeast student received both certifications during summer semester. Anthony is an adult learner working on an AAS degree in computer science. Instructors attended one on one training as well as group training. Newly hired instructors spent countless hours in the TLC setting up and preparing their content on the Blackboard Course Management system. A student panel in August gave instructors an opportunity to discussion best and worst practices when teaching an online class. The faculty and student alike had a great time holding this discussion. The English department attended training on Course Design where they learned many new tips and tricks for designing their course.
August brings a new group of eager freshmen to campus. The first week of class on campus Blackboard orientations saw 280 students attend training. A special orientation session is conducted in the fall for the new level one nursing students. One hundred and twenty-five new nursing students enrolled in NUR103 online. The TLC proves to be an important place for these students during fall semester.

The department of Post-Secondary Education has appointed a Best Practices committee to tour colleges that have been successful in many areas. Northeast received several visits from member of this committee. The TLC has hosted three visitors gathering information on the Technology Learning Center and the success they have experienced.

A new Educational Technology Director replaced Mr. Sam Dobbs who retired at the end of summer semester. Ms. Patricia Combs will serve in this new position. The Director of the Technology Learning Center who had served under the umbrella of the Dean of Instruction/VP office was transferred to the Educational Technology Division.

The TLC saw an average of 711 students during the third quarter of the fourth year of the Title II grant.