Welcome to Fall 2011

Today’s the big day.  First class day of Fall 2011.

So far, WebCT seems to be holding up.  I’ve been busy taking care of little bits of this and that related to enrollments or combined sections or other questions/problems with WebCT.

Have been looking out the window at a mostly sunny day and a beautiful blue sky with varying amounts of fluffy white clouds.  Inside has been pleasant too.

Wishing and Planning and Waiting

*sigh* another summer slipping away.  And this summer is so special, on so many fronts.

In my personal world, our oldest child turned 18.  Now that’s a milestone.  As a resident of the US and particularly east central Illinois, we had a week straight of excessive heat warnings, then a break and today a heat advisory.  That’s memorable.

As an employee of EIU, I am part of  a committee that is working on the process for identifying the future infrastructure for online classwork.  We started with the core of a Request for Proposals meant to be added to the institutional parts and sent out to entice vendors/potential future partners to convince us that we need to team with them.  That’s definitely the beginnings of a landmark year that I’m wishing will go well and provide some needed interest in and excitement for online learning.  In the meantime, I’m waiting.

As a member of ITS and the primary Bb/WebCT admin, I’m heading up the plans for our late summer WebCT upgrades, scheduled for Aug 11-13.   Planning…  identifying what all needs to be upgraded, collecting needed installers, notifying appropriate all constituencies, re-scheduling backups, testing in our test environment, and finally pushing a lot of buttons and waiting.

The next couple of weeks will go so fast.  Then, hopefully, the normal rhythm will take hold before the RFP excitement picks up.  So much to look forward to.

WebCT and Summer 2011 data

Effective late afternoon May 3rd, all data is live for Summer 2011.  Student enrollments should have appeared in active sections and should be updated with Banner activity.

Thursday

Every Thursday morning since the beginning of February (and excluding spring break week in March), I go to a different building and enter a meeting room with a group of people I don’t normally see.  These people are intelligent and passionate about the topic at hand.  We each are viewing “the elephant in the middle of the room” from a different angle, but have a common goal in mind.  And, so far, the process is working.  It has been a pleasure to work with these individuals toward this common goal.

Spring awakenings

April in Illinois at a university.  After midterms.  Before Finals.  Everyone getting spring fever.  There are so many symptoms.  More people on campus with not only less jackets, but less clothes.  🙂

I finally sit near a window from which I can see more than just the sky.  Over winter the campus carpenters and painters did rehab on said windows.  For nearly 2.5 months the windows were boarded up — and it wasn’t pretty wood either.  It’s scary how much a lack of sunshine can affect moods.  And it’s amazing how much better it feels to sit in a room with natural light.

WebCT CE8.0.4 seems to keep running.  We have LDI for triggered banner events live for current semesters.  It’s the time of the year when I do occasional batch icgorldi and siapi runs for upcoming semesters so that faculty can begin prep work.  We have successfully used grade publishing from WebCT back to banner for several semesters now.  And we’re digging into the same question so many schools in our position are…   what comes after CE8.0.x??  Committee meetings, research, writing, oh my!