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Migrating To A Course Management System

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Migrating to a new course management system doesn''t necessarily mean heartburn but careful planning and follow-up are a must. The presenters will provide three facets of a recent migration from WebCT …

Migrating to a new course management system doesn''t necessarily mean heartburn but careful planning and follow-up are a must. The presenters will provide three facets of a recent migration from WebCT 4.1 to Blackboard 8.0 that encompasses training, course migration, and administration. Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Getchell.

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  • 1. Migrating to a New Course Management System:Pass the Tums!
    TUMS® Products
    Dr. Jeff Getchell, E-Learning Services
    Vicky Andrews, Teaching and Learning Center
    Del Mar College
    Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 2. Overview
    Outcomes
    Develop a simple timeline;
    Create a rank order CMS survey; 
    Develop a training outline
    Develop a course migration support plan;
    Develop a technical issues support plan.
  • 3. Dr. Susie Crowson, English
  • 4. Background
    Del Mar College
    • Community college
    • 5. WebCT user since 1997
    • 6. Steady online course growth
    • 7. Over 3,000 enrollments
    • 8. Over 200 faculty users
  • Dr. Judi Phillips, Kinesiology
  • 9. Decision time!
    • Blackboard buyout of WebCT announced October 2005
    • 10. Rumored that WebCT CE 4.1 no longer supported
    • 11. College decides to review options for CMSs
    • 12. Develop CMS selection process
    • 13. Faculty survey of wants and needs
    • 14. Vendor invitations for presentations
    • 15. Decision
  • Jennifer McWha, Nursing
  • 16. Usage Survey
  • 17. Usage Survey
    “Anything else that should be known or considered.”
  • 18. Dr. Judi Phillips, Kinesiology
  • 19. Usage Survey
    Most important instructional features
    • Creation of online courses
    • 20. Online discussions
    • 21. Online testing
    Least important instructional features
    • Use for groups outside Del Mar College
    • 22. Sharing of test banks with other faculty
    • 23. Creation of wikis
  • Usage Survey
    Most important student features
    • Discussion forums
    • 24. Student’s ability to create and lead discussions
    • 25. ePortfolios
    Most important administration features
    • Dependability
    • 26. Security of student data
    • 27. Access speed as number of users increases
  • Jennifer McWha, Nursing
  • 28. Timeline
    • January 2009: begin course pilots
    • 29. February 2009 : Begin training
    • 30. April 2009: Begin course migrations
    • 31. May 2009: Begin course reviews for summer 2009
    • 32. July 2009: Begin course reviews for fall 2009
    • 33. August 2009: All courses taught using Blackboard
  • 34. Training begins
    Vicky, add however many slides you want here
  • 35. Dr. Susie Crowson, English
  • 36. Fall rollout?
    Rollout fall postponed
    • All faculty weren’t ready
    • 37. Most trained but no practical experience
    • 38. One additional semester leeway
    • 39. Chairs assistance with encouraging faculty
    • 40. Regular training notifications
  • 41. Spring rollout success
    • All faculty trained
    • 42. Over 3,000 enrollments
    • 43. Minimal technical support issues
  • 44. Technical issues
    • Student course enrollments not automated
    • 45. Faculty unfamiliarity with CMS environment
    • 46. Software glitches
    • 47. Migration issues
  • Chair training report
    Green= ok for online Yellow=ok for augmented/hybridRed=not ready
  • 48. Dr. Judi Phillips, Kinesiology
  • 49. Summary
    CMS institutional survey template
    • www.delmar.edu/distancelearning/pdf/cms-survey-2008.pdf
    Chair training report template
    • www.delmar.edu/distancelearning/online-faculty-training-update-template.xls