The Blackboard Cloud is Coming!

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As we move towards a cloud based system for Blackboard, the CTL is here to support you! In order to make the most of your Blackboard storage space, we will host a series of workshops that show you how to transfer pre-existing content and create new content via. the Microsoft 365 cloud. See the workshop descriptions and dates below.


Join Leanne Wieland and Sean Killebrew as they guide you through the process of maximizing your OneDrive account. This workshop will show you how to store large PDFs, PowerPoint Presentations, and other common Blackboard file types to OneDrive. We will then show you how to link this content to your Blackboard course page. Work time will be provided to allow you to experiment with this process.

Dates Offered:

Friday, Dec. 1 @1pm in OGC 2347     Register HERE

Tuesday, Dec. 5@1pm in OGC 2347  Register HERE



Lucious Oliver will show you how to use and create content with 365 Video and how to share this content with your students via. Blackboard. The workshop will also teach you to add a course to Blackboard and include the option of adding the course videos to the Grade Center.

Dates Offered:

Tuesday, Dec 5@2pm in OGC 2347   Register HERE

Friday, Dec. 8@2pm in OGC 2347      Register HERE

Note: All workshops are free and are scheduled to last 1 hour.


You can register for your preferred session(s) via. the EventBrite Links above.

If you have any questions, please contact Leanne Wieland at

The CTL Presents: NC3DAL Webinars for Free!

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Did you know that Nov. 6-10 is National Distance Learning Week?

To celebrate, the North Carolina Community College Distance Learning Association (NC3DAL) is offering FREE US Distance Learning Association Webinars. To access the schedule of offerings and register please visit this LINK.

If you have any questions, please contact Leanne Wieland in the CTL at

The CTL Presents: Using a Continuum of Excellence to Shape Institutional Online Efforts

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The CTL is pleased to offer a FREE webinar from Quality Matters that focuses on strategies to effectively institutionalize quality in online/distance education. The QM webinar is titled Quality Assurance: Using a Continuum of Excellence to Shape Institutional Online Efforts

Description from Quality Matters:

“We’re pleased to invite Dr. Deb Adair and Dr. Vickie Cook to reprise their session with additional information on the Partners in Quality program supported by UPCEA and QM. As you know, online leaders care about creating quality online experiences for those engaged in online teaching and learning.  Often, quality initiatives are episodic and lack scalability as well as assessment. Join our presenters as they discuss the structures and facets of quality that leaders need to think about to institutionalize quality efforts. Using Quality Matters and the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership we will discuss the online enterprise from a quality assurance perspective and how leaders can drive institutional conversations.”

When: Nov. 1 2:00-3:00PM

How: Register at QM Webinar Registration

Cost: FREE to QM Members

Questions: Contact Leanne Wieland at

The CTL Presents: FREE Quality Matters Webcasts and Viewing Party

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The CTL is happy to announce that Quality Matters is making several sessions from their annual Connect Conference available for FREE via. webcast! We will also host a viewing party for the plenary keynote speaker. Please see full details below!

From Quality Matters:

Several featured sessions will be available for FREE via webcasting during the QM Connect Conference September 25-26.

Use your MyQM account (or simply create one during registration) to register for one or all of the FREE live streaming presentations.

All sessions will be:

Online, synchronous (using Zoom Webinar) and moderated

Supported on mobile devices

Live captioned using Streamtext

Limited to 500 participants”

See the list of available sessions and register today!



The CTL will also host a viewing party for Karen Vignare’s plenary keynote address, “Pushing Boundaries: Are you Flexible Enough to Personalize?”

When: Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 9:45-11:00am

Where: OGC 2347 (The FLEX)

What: Just show up! Note: If you would like to attend the viewing party, there is no need to complete an individual registration for Ms. Vignare’s particular session.

Friendly Reminder: TechTube is Dying Soon…So Get Ready

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This is a follow up post to our announcement about TechTube. The service will end in December and it is imperative that you begin moving your content (if you want it) off of TechTube and into Office 365 Video. Office 365 Video is part of the other apps you have as part of your Office 365 package. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Announcement regarding TechTube transitioning to read-only status
First announcement regarding its end (may require you to login to Techlink)

Resources to Begin the Transition

Free Quality Matters Webinar

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The CTL is happy to announce a free Quality Matters webinar on Thursday, September 14 from 1-3pm. This latest installment in the QM Success Stories series will focus on course maps.

From Quality Matters:

“Join Natasha Lindsey from the University of North Alabama as she shares the important role course maps can play in course design. September 14, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern! Often, faculty are unfamiliar with instructional design principles and at the same time instructional designers are unfamiliar with course subject matter. As for the students, their question is, “Why am I doing this?” This session will discuss using course maps to help faculty and designers work together to conceptualize goals for instruction, to help students understand the purpose of course goals and instructional materials, and to design instruction that satisfies QM alignment standards (2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, and 6.1).”

To register, click the following link: QM Success Stories

Updated: Course Development Timeline for the OER Grant

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The timeline for offering courses for the Achieving the Dream Open Educational Resources Degree Initiative is below. Look at the semester your course(s) is offered. Your course must be ready before the start of that semester.  Most faculty will be happy to learn that courses must be completed and ready to offer at the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester. Most of the courses offered during the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semester were created as part of ongoing campus projects (ie. TAACCCT, donor funds, faculty learning communities). Also, I know there is some concern about the course development process, specifically, the availability of OER content that is packaged and ready to go. Lumen Learning provided us with a catalog that is specific to the courses we promised to offer during this grant. The URL to Forsyth Tech’s Lumen Learning catalog is You can also look at OpenStax For those that do not see a course available for you to use, please contact me. We will work with you to find the content that you need.

Course Timeline

Fall 2016

  • BIO 111 General Biology
  • BIO 112 General Biology II
  • CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry

Spring 2017

  • ACA 122 College Transfer Success
  • MAT 143 Qualitative Literacy
  • COM 231 Public Speaking

Fall 2017

  • BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • ENG 111 English Composition
  • HIS 131 American History I
  • MAT 152 Statistical Methods
  • SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology
  • PSY 150 General Psychology

Spring 2018

  • ART 111 Art Appreciation
  • BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disc
  • ENG 241 British Literature I
  • HUM 110 Technology and Society
  • PED 110 Fit and Well for Life
  • PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics
  • REL 110 World Religion