Congrats Andy Mitkos

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Congratulations to Andy Mitkos, Learning Management Systems Coordinator, who was recently named an inaugural member of the Blackboard MVP Program. The Blackboard MVP Program recognizes individuals who have established themselves as thought leaders in educational technology by sharing their expertise in Blackboard platforms.   Read more…


Congratulations to our recent New Online Faculty Program participants:

These LLCC Faculty members completed a 14 week online and hybrid program that has been designed to prepare them to teach online.  Several of the participated attended a reception in the ITDE office and received their New Online Faculty program Certificates of Completion from Jennifer Elliott, ITDE Instructional Designer.

Janice Badgett, Ph.D. Nick Ferreira John Freml
Eric Helms Diane Liesen Janice Lovekamp
Brent Mason Timothy McKenzie Deborah Moldenhauer
Maria Ray William Roseberry Cindy Smock
Colin Suchland, Ph.D. Jan Szoke

NOF Group(pictured left to right – Tim McKenzie, Cindy Smock, Janice Badgett Ph.D., Jan Szoke, Diane Liesen, Colin Suchland Ph.D., Janice Lovekamp, and Jennifer Elliott) 

ITDE Workshops – Week of Feb. 24th

Designing Creative Assignments to Meet Student Outcomes

Facilitator:Jennifer Elliott, Instructional Designer

 In this fully online workshop, participants will learn how to design assignments that allow students to use a variety of web tools based on specific outcomes. A discussion regarding how to adjust assignments to facilitate the development of students’ 21st Century skills will also occur.

Click here to register for the session below

Date Delivery Method
Tuesday, February 25 – Friday, March 7 Online

Current online faculty participating in the Online Proficiency Program will receive 3 points for complete attendance and participation in this workshop.*

Blackboard Open Lab

Facilitators: Andy Mitkos, Learning Management Systems Coordinator & Gary Bach,Instructional Technology Specialist

Have you ever had questions about how to accomplish something in Blackboard but couldn’t attend a previously scheduled Blackboard workshop?  Now you can drop in to any or all of these open house sessions to ask your question and to get help with your tasks. No registration is required to attend.

Date Time Room
Tuesday, February 25 10:00AM -12:00PM SGMN0119

Evernote:  A Great Way to Get Organized!

Facilitator: Gary Bach, Instructional Technology Specialist

Evernote is a great tool that allows users to easily document, organize, archive, collaborate, and share ideas and content.  Notes, which can be formatted text, webpages, photos, voice memos, or handwritten notes, may be stored, managed, and made accessible to students and colleagues.  Evernote’s cloud-based services allow users to sync their content between multiple computers and mobile devices.

Click here to register for the session below

Date Time Room
Wednesday, February 26 2:00-3:00 SGMN0119

Current online faculty participating in the Online Proficiency Program will receive 1 point for complete attendance and participation in this workshop.*

Our condolences to Teri McDonough

We extend our sympathy to Teri McDonough, coordinator of distance education services, whose sister, Carollyn Blackwell,  passed away Friday, Oct. 4. Visitation and funeral services were held at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina, with burial in Mt. Vernon, Ill.

ITDE introduces Blackboard Support Center

BB Support Center

The Instructional Technology and Distance Education department invites you to visit the newly developed Blackboard Support Center, located online at The Blackboard support center has been developed to provide students and faculty with on-demand instruction and support on the use of Blackboard at LLCC.

A link to the LLCC Blackboard Support Center has been added to the Blackboard login page, the Blackboard institutional announcements frame, and Faculty are also encouraged to link to the LLCC Blackboard support center within their Blackboard course shells, to provide students with quick access to the site from within their courses. 

As this is a newly designed service, we encourage your feedback to assist in the maintenance, update, and redevelopment of the site in the future. 

Thank you,

Becky Parton, associate dean, Instructional Technology & Distance Education

LLCC will be discontinuing use of Turnitin

The college has access to SafeAssign (a similar plagiarism detection system) through our Blackboard Learn system.  SafeAssign will now become the single plagiarism detection system available for use at LLCC.

A SafeAssign video tutorial can be found online, as part of the new Blackboard Support Center. Workshops on the use of SafeAssign have been scheduled for Friday, September 6th and Tuesday, September 17th. Watch for the ITDE workshop schedule for detailed workshop information. 

The Turnitin system will remain available through Blackboard through the end of the day on Monday, September 2nd to allow faculty members the ability to access and save any documents that need to be retained.Even though the Turnitin system will be available the first week of the fall semester, do not use the Turnitin system as part of any fall 2013 course work.  The system’s availability during this time period is for backup purposes only.

This document provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to access and save documents from the Turnitin system.

 Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions,

Becky Parton, associate dean, Instructional Technology & Distance Education