eLET Instructional Designers

System Office Liaison Sheri Prupis, sprupis@vccs.edu David Tod, dtod@vccs.edu College Representative (Committee Role) Blue Ridge Community College Miriam Basinger basingernm@brcc.edu Central Virginia Community College Ed McGee mcgeee@centralvirginia.edu Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Nova Wright nwright@dslcc.edu Danville Community College Jennifer Walz Jennifer.walz@dcc.vccs.edu Eastern Shore Community College Germanna Community College Page Durham (Chair-elect) pdurham@germanna.edu J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College CJ Bracken cjbracken@reynolds.edu […]

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girl traveling

Many of you have already heard, but I am leaving the VCCS System Office effective October 6th. It has been a such a pleasure working with all of you. I depart full of hope that this community of faculty, designers, technologists, OER leaders, support professionals, etc. will continue asking difficult questions and advocating for change that will help the students […]

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Data, data and more data

"Knowledge" CC 0 Public Domain

As part of the learning management system (LMS) needs assessment, I have visited 22 colleges, attended 2 peer groups and talked with over 400 faculty, staff and students. I promised the data I collected would be transparent and available before the end of January. While I was cutting it close, survey data and my initial analysis is now available on […]

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LMS Needs Assessment Gathers Volunteers

Picture of abstract hands being raised as volunteers

The Learning Management System (LMS) Needs Assessment is moving forward and the VCCS System Office needs your help. Assessment committees are forming now. Volunteers will have access to sandbox spaces in new LMS platforms and will participate in writing of the final report and recommendation to the System Vice Chancellors. Participation will take a maximum of 10-15 hours over 6 […]

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Education Technology and the Sciences

It was literally electric as science faculty gathered at Lord Fairfax Community College’s stormy Middleton campus for their bi-annual peer group. While sessions ranged from the discipline specific to common challenges of teachingand learning, a number of sessions focused on technology in education and open educational resources (OER). Shalini Upadhyaya, Associate Professor of Biology at Reynolds Community College encouraged faculty […]

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A Bold Challenge

At the 2016 Chancellor Retreat, former VCCS Vice Chancellor Monty Sullivan laid out a bold challenge to those in attendance. “We need to rethink not just who is learning, but how they are learning,” said Sullivan as he drew his smartphone out of his pocket. The word challenge is appropriate. As a system, the VCCS has an exciting opportunity to […]

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VCCS Launching Comprehensive Learning Management System Needs Assessment

┬áBeginning in October 2016, the VCCS will be launching the first comprehensive learning management system (LMS) needs assessment since 2002. The needs assessment will be a collaborative process that will heavily incorporate faculty, staff and students from all 23 colleges. “It’s time. The LMS marketplace has changed dramatically in the past ten years,” shared Jenny Quarles, new Director of Teaching […]

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