The much anticipated FTI dates have been confirmed! This year the Faculty Technology Institutes will be different than in the past. As you know, the College is in the process of purchasing a new Learning Management System (LMS). As a result the objectives of the Summer FTI will be to learn the features of the new LMS and to create an online course presence you can launch in the Fall! The faculty selected for the Summer FTIs will be the Beta Test Group for the new LMS for the Fall 2010 semester. Application deadline is April 15, 2010 so don’t delay in applying!

Being in the Beta Group means you get first access to the new LMS and will be expected to use it for at least one of your Fall, 2010 courses. While we are confident that the new LMS installation will go smoothly there is always the potential for something to happen that wasn’t anticipated or expected at the beginning. For this reason there are certain characteristics that will be required of the Beta Group. Beta Group participants must be:

  • flexible
  • “out-of-the-box” thinkers
  • patient
  • experimenters
  • self-starters

If you have these characteristics and are interested in being part of the Beta Group then we encourage you to apply. You’ll get to be the first to use the new LMS at the College of Charleston and faculty who participate will also receive a $750 stipend.

TLT will be conducting three one-week institutes. The agendas will vary slightly depending upon whether you are an existing WebCT user or are new to learning management systems. You will need to attend only one of the three sessions.

. June 7-11 9:00am-4:00pm – Existing WebCT users only
. June 21-25 9:00am-4:00pm – Existing WebCT users only
. July 19-23 9:00am-4:00pm – Non-WebCT users only

For more information and the link to the application visit our website at: http://it.cofc.edu/tlt/services/FTI/applications.html

If you can’t participate in the Summer FTIs don’t worry, WebCT will still continue to be available for faculty use through Summer of 2011.   TLT will be conducting weekly training sessions throughout the entire Fall 2010 semester to get everyone ready for the public launch of the LMS in January.  In addition, we hope to have self-paced online training modules as well so everyone will have an opportunity to learn.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all about this transition.