Leveraging Blackboard for Student Success at Grand Rapids Community College


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Leveraging Blackboard for Student Success at Grand Rapids Community College

  1. 1. Leveraging Blackboard for Student Success at Grand Rapids Community College Monday, November 12, 7:30am - 9:00am Room 105, Level One, Nashville Convention Center The League for Innovation – Conference on Information Technology Eric Kunnen [email_address] Coordinator of Instructional Technologies Grand Rapids Community College Garry Brand [email_address] Professor, Faculty Development Coordinator Grand Rapids Community College
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><ul><li>About GRCC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Issues, Challenges, Needs, and Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Management System Requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackboard @ GRCC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enhancing Courses and Teaching Practice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building Communication and Connection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Providing Online Student Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extending and Expanding the Platform </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions & Comments </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. About Grand Rapids Community College <ul><li>Established in 1914 </li></ul><ul><li>One of 28 Community Colleges in Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Main Downtown Campus in Grand Rapids </li></ul><ul><li>2 Technical Education Centers </li></ul><ul><li>15,000+ Students per semester in Full and Part-time Studies </li></ul><ul><li>10,000+ Students in Non-credit Courses </li></ul>
  4. 4. Issues, Challenges, Needs, and Goals <ul><li>Faculty and students are driving instructional technology applications and their use in teaching and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly, campus communication, sharing, and collaboration extends beyond the physical boundaries of the institution. </li></ul><ul><li>Budget constraints require institutions to look for existing solutions for file sharing, communication, and collaboration capabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>With multiple campus sites, multiple course delivery formats, and a high population of part time students, there is a need for an easy-to-use, unifying, scalable e-learning and course management system… </li></ul>
  5. 5. Course Management System Requirements <ul><li>Scalable (Mission Critical, Enterprise Level System) </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate with an SIS and other systems for Automation </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of Use </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Customizable </li></ul><ul><li>Effortless and Efficient (Administrative and Faculty) </li></ul><ul><li>Indispensable </li></ul><ul><li>Role and Value to Education - Relative Advantage </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage Student Involvement, Engagement , and Community-based Relationship Building </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blackboard @ GRCC <ul><li>Blackboard is… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An online classroom for our online and hybrid courses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A course web site for traditional courses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A web-based environment for student organizations to share materials and communicate. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A resource for college employees to communicate and share materials. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A college wide professional development resource. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A survey and assessment tool. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blackboard Components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning System (Courses) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community System (Organizations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transaction System (Cards) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outcomes System </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Enhancing Courses and Teaching Practice Online, Hybrid, Web Enhancement/Engagement, New Capabilities <ul><li>Online Courses – Bb is the Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Hybrid Courses – Reduced Seat Time </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional Courses – Enhancement and New Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Student Support – Tutoring </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Training </li></ul><ul><li>Student Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of General Learner Outcomes </li></ul>
  8. 8. Building Communication and Connection Personalization, Role Based Information, Connection <ul><li>The MODULES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus Announcements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty Absences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronicle Wired Campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick Polls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s New </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The TABS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student E-mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Tab (GRCC “eBay”, Student Organizations, Ride Board, Virtual Bostwick Commons, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Building Communication and Connection Student Organizations, Departments, Teams, & Committees <ul><li>Content/Document & Idea Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Easy-to-use Web Publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Off Campus Access to Information & Documents </li></ul><ul><li>A Few Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Senate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Senate & AGC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategy Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nursing Department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FIPSE Grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Registrar – Training Materials and Reference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Department – sharing materials, ideas, activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English – communication, material/idea sharing </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Building Communication and Connection Crisis and Course Messaging, Community Discussion Boards, IM <ul><li>Crisis and Course TXT Messaging with clearTXT </li></ul><ul><li>Instant Messaging with Wimba Pronto </li></ul><ul><li>Open Discussion Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Team, Committee, Department and Student Organization Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Bb Scholar Bookmark Sharing </li></ul>
  11. 11. Providing Online Student Services <ul><li>Tutoring (Online Communication and Tracking) </li></ul><ul><li>Student Employee Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Advising </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>RaiderCard </li></ul>
  12. 12. Providing Online Student Services RaiderCard <ul><li>Current Use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Door Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vending </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Printing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutoring Check In </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Future Plans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eCommerce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>eMarketplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Payroll Deduction </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Providing Online Student Services RaiderCard <ul><li>Parking </li></ul><ul><li>Increase parking availability to available students </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce parking lines (avg. time went from 15 sec. to 5 sec) </li></ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Locker room access is assigned/removed automatically </li></ul><ul><li>Athletes automatically assigned to teams </li></ul><ul><li>Over 2.5 million dollars in annual deposits (less cash) </li></ul><ul><li>Process improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminated the need of semester stickers </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce need for 15,000 students to verify at Student Life </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule kiosk program reduced from 1.5 min to about 20 seconds the time it takes to print a schedule . </li></ul><ul><li>Tutoring sign in sheets are replaced by a swipe of the card improving tracking and monitoring usage of labs. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Extending and Expanding the Platform Building Blocks <ul><li>Advanced Group Management </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Bb Scholar </li></ul><ul><li>Wimba Voice Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Wimba Pronto </li></ul><ul><li>SafeAssignment </li></ul><ul><li>clearTXT – Text Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Objects Blogs and Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Custom Photo Roster </li></ul><ul><li>And more… </li></ul>
  15. 15. Extending and Expanding the Platform and Beyond… <ul><li>Expand Portal Roles and Custom Views </li></ul><ul><li>Expand Integration and Automation </li></ul><ul><li>Extend Custom Building Block Development </li></ul><ul><li>Explore Enhancements in Multimedia Courseware </li></ul><ul><li>Explore Learning Objects Development and Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Extend Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies - Academic Social Networking , iTunesU, Google Apps, YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate & Report Usage - Greenhouse Grant </li></ul><ul><li>Build K-20 Local School District Strategy </li></ul>
  16. 16. Thank You! <ul><li>Questions, Discussion, and Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Eric Kunnen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.grcc.edu/ekunnen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinator of Instructional Technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grand Rapids Community College </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Garry Brand </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.grcc.edu/gbrand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professor, Faculty Development Coordinator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grand Rapids Community College </li></ul></ul>