Estherville, IA (KICD)--The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees learned about numerous eLearning opportunities for students at their final 2012 meeting on Tuesday.
Iowa Lakes has been a leader in providing online classes as a partner in the Iowa Community College Online Consortium. The group has been piloting various student analytics and reporting mechanisms to help in the early identification of students who need additional assistance in the online classes. Over the holiday break, the consortium is piloting a project called the Winterim term. It’s a four-week, online term. Students are allowed to take only one class during this term and communication is enhanced in order to provide important information and guidance.
Then, during the spring 2013 term, eTextbooks will be piloted. The eTexts will save students money overall and allow them to have access to the books on the first day of class. Faculty will be able to link various parts of the course directly to the specific parts of the textbook to tie all of the material together for the class.
Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Jolene Rogers presented a proposed lease agreement with Spencer International for a 3200 Series, 12-row Kinze planter which will be used at the College Farm Laboratory. The Trustees approved the lease. The planter will arrive in mid-January and the Farm Equipment and Diesel Technology students will assemble it.
Also during the meeting, the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees presented the results of the fiscal year 2012 audit. Williams and Company, Spencer, gave the audit an ‘unqualified opinion’ which means it was a ‘clean’ report.