t JCCC DLCC a Volume 3,Issue 1 October 2004 DL Delivery Inside this issue: Meet the New 1-2 --all the news that online profs can take in print form DL Mentor WebCeTera 2 Meet the New Distance Learning Mentor: Michael Robertson 147 Practical 2 Greetings DL faculty, experience with you to help you stream- Tips line WebCT functions. My name is Web Resources 3 Michael I’m looking forward to learning from you Robertson as well. Since teaching is an idiosyn- and I’m the cratic enterprise, and often discipline new Distance Learning specific, my knowledge of distance learning is limited to the liberal arts. I Important Mentor at would love to learn how my colleagues Dates JCCC. I’d in other disciplines have utilized WebCT • October 1—Spring like to take in new and exciting ways that might this opportu- help me solve problems or improve 05 WebCT course nity to intro- pedagogy. shells created. Be duce myself sure to update (or to those of To facilitate this, I have created a Dis- create) your course you who may tance Learning Listserve for those fac- Welcome Page. Con- not know me ulty who teach online classes. The pur- tact the DL Mentor at all—or not very well. pose of the list is to help online faculty for help in creating a improve pedagogy, course organization Welcome page and/ I’m a professor of Humanities and teach and structure, student/professor com- or rolling over course both online and WebCT assisted ‘brick- munication, creative uses of WebCT content. and-click’ classes. Currently I teach In- tools, etc. by sharing our expertise. I’d • October 15— troduction to Humanities and Classical also like to encourage peer feedback Sabbatical proposal Mythology online, and Classical Mythol- among DL faculty by giving TA access deadline. Contact the ogy and World Religions in a mediated to a colleague to review your course DL Mentor if you classroom. I will be adding World Relig- materials. This is not unlike what we do plan to incorporate ions to my online offerings in the spring. in Peer Review, where panel members online technology I’ve been here at JCCC since fall 1992. visit the classrooms of new faculty, and into your proposal. new faculty visit the classrooms of sen- He’s there to help! I’ve been interested in, and using, tech- ior faculty so that we can learn from nology in the classroom for several each other how to be better teachers— • October 17— years now—well before the implementa- whether in a face-to-face class or WebCeTera ZETC tion of WebCT. For several years before online. 150-03 begins. For that I recreated the wheel more times course information than I can count, building my own web Distance Learning ≠ Online to the ETC Home pages and links for students to access Courses Page. online. Although I may have wasted a lot of precious time, it has helped me Another goal as DL Mentor is to help refine the organization of my online con- faculty digitize their course materials tent. Hopefully, I can share some of my and make them available to students Meet the New DL Mentor (Continued from page 1) more tools to your WebCT shell, 147 Practical Tips using WebCT. We all have a course and test them out and fine-tune for Teaching Online syllabus that we give out to students them in your face-to-face classes, it at the beginning of the semester. If is a relatively easy step to going Groups: Essentials of you teach in a face-to-face environ- online. Web-Based Education ment, why not make this available to students in WebCT? There is al- If you are interested in Distance This handy little book by Hanna, ready a course shell created. You Learning and would like help chart- Glowacki-Dudka, and and Con- already have the Syllabus in Word ing a course toward online teaching, ceição-Runlee can be yours by reg- or WordPerfect. Why not just click please contact me at ext. 4191, or istering for WebCeTera. In the “File” “Save As” and save it as an email@example.com. I look forward to meantime I’ll divulge some of its HTML file and upload it into hearing from you. wisdom here each issue. WebCT? Make your WebCT shell the default page in Pipeline under Tip 35: Expect learners to review the My Courses tab, and you’re on WebCeTera readings and materials thought- your way to making materials avail- fully and reflectively able 24/7 to your students. If a stu- WebCeTera (rhymes with dent looses their syllabus and “etcetera”) is a new course offered In an online class, instructors can needs a copy, they can view it through the Educational Technology create class materials in a number online and print out a copy. Center that prepares faculty to teach of forms: web-based texts, tutorials, online classes. WebCeTera is not a file attachments, simulations, or Are you concerned whether your self-paced course but rather a five- other resources. Instructors can students are actually reading the week interactive class that gives post material on the web via e-mail text? Or are you interested in them faculty a chance to experience be- attachments, discussions, content exploring more deeply ideas in the ing an online student--as they learn pages, etc. Whatever the case, be text that you don’t have time to ad- WebCT. sure to stress to your students that dress in class? Create a discussion they must review all the material topic for students to engage in out- Participants will receive the textbook thoughtfully and reflectively. With side of class time. You’ll be pleas- (a volume of practical tips for online the right direction, you’ll be sur- antly surprised at the quality of their groups--a fast read) and upon suc- prised at the quality and depth of responses. cessful completion, a WebCeTera t- student responses to your questions shirt. and each other’s responses. The syllabus and discussion tools are two ways to engage students WebCeTera is offered twice a se- Tip 49: Myth—Technology will online without much time or training, mester. The next course begins Oc- always work especially if you’ve not taken a tober 17th and ends November WebCT class. Over time, and with 23rd. To register login to Pipeline/ Keep in mind the following sugges- some training from the Educational EASI and click “Add Classes.” Enter tions: Technology Center, you can gradu- the CRN 30221 to display the ally automate much of what you do course number ZETC 150-03. For • Plan your use of technology in class, from making your overhead more information surf over to the carefully lecture outlines available to students Educational Technology Center’s • Provide students detailed in- to help them study and prepare for Home Page at http://web.jccc.net/ structions on what they should quizzes and/or exams, to online edtech/. do when the technology doesn’t testing itself. Teaching “brick-and- work click” classes (face-to-face supple- • Develop a backup emergency mented with digitized materials) also plan when all else fails is Distance Learning. The “brick-and-click” model is a good stepping-stone to Online teaching. As you gradually add Page 2 DL Delivery DLCC at JCCC Mission of the Distance Learning Coordinating Council: Bill Lamb, DLCC Chair web.jccc.net/academic/dlcc We will explore barriers and opportunities related to education and services outside the face-to-face classroom model. We will develop goals and implement action plans to coordinate Distance Learning initiatives across campus. Jonathan Bacon Janet Brandeau Charge: Donnie Byers Cody Copeland * To identify barriers to the development of distance education courses and to elimi- Clarissa Craig Shirly Kleiner nate them. Del Lovitt Ed Lovitt * To develop processes that encourage and enhance the delivery of distance education Marilyn Rhinehart courses. Michael Robertson Ann Schwartz Denise Scofield MargE Shelley Alan Swarts Judi Vaughn Johnson County Randy Winchester Community College Web Resources for the Online Instructor Survey Results, and the WebCT the puzzle generator the first time, Student Manual. you'll have an option of going through the tutorial (really just in- Each year the WebCT Exemplary structions to read). The application Course Project recognizes online is very easy to use. 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