Distributed Learning Technologies (DLT) and TLP

Distributed Learning Technologies (or DLT) is the unsung hero behind Blackboard Learn, Bb Collaborate, and so many other technologies we use in teaching our students today at CSU, Chico.

TLP focuses on how to use the tools; DLT ensures those tools are up and running.

Check out their website and their webpage for service interruptions, where you can stay up-to-date on any interruptions in campus technology services.

They are a silent but “heavy-lifting partner.” 

They provide behind the scenes technical support for the Learning Management System (Blackboard Learn) and our distance learning service, Bb Collaborate. They also extend the functionality of our learning management system through  “building blocks” or “plug-in” services; such as publisher content, Kaltura Streaming Media Server, Turnitin, etc.

Manager, David Rowe has focused heavily on standardizing systems support and providing enhanced application stability.  Before this role, Dave was the Chico’s Data Warehouse Lead for a few years after moving back to Chico from Humboldt State University. Working with Dave are Miroslav Lulic (team lead), Thomas Somma, and Robert Utter.

The LMS Advisory Board (team) is comprised of DLT and TLP and also are joined by: Classroom Services, and IT Support Services. In the spirit of transparency with the campus community all of our weekly meeting notes are published online. We are proud of this strong partnership and are pleased to be working with such dedicated individuals.

Quality Assurance for Blended & Online courses

Quality Assurance Logo

CSU Academic Technology Services is offering several workshops on using the Quality Online Learning & Teaching (QOLT) rubric to ensure quality course design. Please visit the flyer for details on the workshops available. Many are offered online this year.

Chico State has adopted their instrument known as QOLT or Quality Online Learning and Teaching, which has replaced Chico’s own Rubric for Online Instruction. The good news is that there are stipends available for faculty to participate in reviewing their course against this new rubric and get help from a mentor in the QOLT program. Contact Ben Seipel if you are interested to participate. He is our QA Coordinator here at Chico State.Ben is from the Department of Education. He has worked with other faculty mentors here at Chico, along with CELT and TLP to provide a rich experience for faculty.

Besides a stipend, you may apply to the QOLT Evaluation Program next spring. There are awards given to the winners from the CSU contest, as well as our own Chico Exemplary Online Instruction (EOI) awards program. This past year’s EOI recipients are: Dorothy Kennedy, Ben Seipel, and Kate Transchel. We will recognize them formally at the CELT Conference Luncheon this year, in early October.

Visit the CELT website for more details, or feel free to email Ben Seipel, Zach Justus or Laura Sederberg with questions.

Bb Learn Workshop, Saturday, August 22

Saturday TLP Workshop graphic







Interested in attending a Saturday workshop? Come join us Saturday, August 22, 2015.

  • Introduction to Blackboard Learn 10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.
  • Bring Questions, Get Answers. Open workshop 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m.

Send an email to:  csharrio@csuchico.edu if you plan on attending.


TILT: Assessment Strategies for Vista

Learn how Rovane Younger of the CSU, Chico Construction Management Department has used Blackboard Vista to assess student learning.
This presentation was given on Wednesday, October 28
Presenter: Rovane Younger

In this TILT session, Rovane Younger details the process his department has gone through to assess student learning using Blackboard Vista. His presentation includes examples of test questions, testing scenarios, setting changes and recommendations, as well as what his department hopes to accomplish in the future.

View the Archive of the Presentation

TILT Symposium Spring 2009 Lineup Announced

The upcoming Spring TILT Symposium schedule features some new technologies being practiced by our faculty, and we’re excited to announce that these sessions will also now be broadcast live online and archived for easy viewing later with Wimba Classroom technology. So even if you can’t make it to the room in person, you can still watch from your home or office and interact live, or watch the replay later.

All sessions will be held in the basement of the Meriam Library in room 031. RSVP FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE – Call TLP Manager, Laura Sederberg at x4326.

You can watch these sessions live online too! Links will be posted before each event. An archive will also be available later on the TILT web page, http://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/tilt.

Thursday, February 12
12:30 -1:30pm
Using Ning.com to Engage Students in the Classroom
Maria Sudduth, Presenter

Thursday, February 19
12:30 – 1:30pm
Vista Communities: How are we using them?
Esther Larocco, Debbie Summers, Jody Prusia, Clint Woeltjen

Thursday, February 26
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Accessible Syllabus: What Are the Benefits to Students?
Laurel Hill-Ward, Kathryn Schifferle, and Julie Schneider

Thursday, March 5
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Exemplary Online Instruction: Experiences to Improve Teaching (Learn How to Apply the Rubric for Online Instruction to Nominate A Course!)
Denny Gier, Colleen Hatfield, Ann Martin, Laura Sederberg

Wednesday, March 11
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Teaching Unprepared Students:
Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education – Part 1 is Motivating Students to Read

Kathleen Gabriel, co-sponsored by CELT and the CSU

Thursday, March 26
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Engaging Students Online: Tips from the Top Hitters in Blackboard Vista & How They Do It
Tony Waters, Lee Altier, Brian Brazeal, and Sean Morgan presenting

Thursday, April 2
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Effective Technology Time-Savers for Teachers
TLP Staff, presenting

Thursday, April 9
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Using Clickers to Teach Mathematics
Jan Costenbader and Math Dept. presenting

Thursday, April 23
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Second Life – How and Why Faculty at CSU Chico are Using It.
Paula Selvester & Rick Ford presenting

Friday, April 24
12:30-2:00 pm
Teaching Unprepared Students:
Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education – Part 2 is Interweaving Assessment and Teaching

Kathleen Gabriel, co-sponsored by CELT and the CSU

Education Support Faire in Second Life – January 25 – 30

Location In Second Life beginning January 25, 2009: Support Faire

This event, which is the first of its kind, will run on 4 dedicated sims from Jan. 25-30. The purpose of the faire is to allow faculty and administrators from many institutions to gather to discuss best practices, show off projects, and network.

To read more about this week long faire go directly to the Second Life Education Support Blog.

If you happen to go to the faire on Thursday, January 29, between 4 and 5 pm, look for Chico State TLP consultants, Ann Steckel (Olivia Hotshot) and Peter DiFalco (Logan5 Obscure) who are volunteering to assist the SL Educators Roundtable group and the EDUCAUSE Virtual Worlds group at their area.

Webinar: Copyright Balance and Fair Use in Networked Learning: Lessons from Creators’ Codes of Best Practices

January 13, 2009 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT
Register Online
“Copyright balancing has become a critical issue in the academy as digital practices increasingly have challenged creaky policies and practices. Scholars, academic administrators, librarians, and intellectuals, as well as their students and mentees, need reasonable access to copyrighted culture to research and produce new knowledge. They and their distributors, whether journal publishers or YouTube, need to be able to share work that references and quotes copyrighted material without going through clearance processes never designed for this sector.”
Read More

Stop by the TLP Open House Days: Tues. Dec 16 & Wed. Dec. 17

We’d like to spread some cheer as the semester comes to a close and hope you can stop by during our two-day Open House event. We’ll have treats and drinks on hand as well as discussions about pedagogy and technologies such as Blackboard Vista, Wimba, TurningPoint clickers and more.

Tuesday, December 16th we’ll feature ideas about integrating innovative online communication using the Wimba tools. TLP staff are baking up tasty goodies for you.

Wednesday December 17th the theme will be TurningPoint clickers in (and out of) the classroom, with free pastries and lunch accompanied by discussions and demos of new features by the clicker vendor.

See you there!