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January 13, 2014 Week 1 - Winter Quarter

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HUS, CRJ and ECE News

Baker College - Clinton Township

Volume 2, Issue 1

New Printers The printers in the Faculty Workroom will have “swipe card access� installed over the winter break. Beginning winter quarter 2014, ALL faculty must have their ID card with them to secure print jobs sent to the printer. CIS staff will be available at 5:15pm - 6:00pm in the Faculty Workroom during the first week of classes to assist faculty with questions/issues. Printer operating instructions will also be placed next to each computer workstation in the Faculty Workroom. The Baker College Employee ID Card Verification graphic displayed below are instructions for faculty to logon to SOLAR, there faculty can verify the most current ID card on file.

Reminder Check your Baker College email regularly for important information and updates.

CPI Training

CPI Training is required of all faculty and must be completed during 2013 - 2014. Below are the winter 2014 and spring 2014 dates. During CPI Training attendees will learn how challenging and potentially dangerous situations develop, how our actions can influence outcomes, strategies to help maximize our safety and that of others during confrontations, as well as other important aspects of Violence Response Procedures.

Winter Quarter 2014 Tuesday, January 21st – 5:00pm – 9:30pm, C Bldg. Community Room Thursday, February 13th – 5:00pm – 9:30pm, C Bldg. Community Room

Spring Quarter 2014 Saturday, April 5th – 8:00am – 12:30pm, Main Campus- Community Room Tuesday, April 15th – 5:00pm – 9:30pm, C Bldg. Community Room Wednesday, April 23rd – 5:00pm – 9:30pm, C Bldg. Community Room

Your attendance is required for the 2013-2014 school year, so please register early as class sizes are limited. Register by email at and provide two date preferences, your phone number and department. You will receive a confirmation email once the dates are confirmed; if you have questions please contact Barb Krygel at 586-790-9598.

Blackboard Upgrade has Arrived!

In an effort to increase student engagement and provide enhanced tools to faculty, Baker College upgraded the Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 13 on December 30, 2013. There are now many improvements with SP 13, essential enhancements include:

Faculty Efficiency – Inline Grading New capabilities in SP 13 will save faculty time and effort, making it easier to focus on student engagement, feedback, and other instructional activities. Inline grading offers faculty a consistent and efficient grading experience. Instructors will be able to see student submissions, and annotate and provide feedback to assignments by using the grading tools without downloading or uploading documents.

Enhanced Discussion Board Interface SP 13 incorporates exciting new Discussion Board features that cultivate active learning and student engagement. A cleaner interface that includes improved thread organization and an option for profile photos enhances the user experience. In addition, Bb has introduced a new “post first” setting that allows faculty to specify that students must enter their own thread before viewing other threads in a forum.

Bb SP 13 What’s Better Training To introduce and assist faculty in learning about the new features in SP 13 we are now utilizing WebEx Seminars and Video Tutorials. These resources are designed to assist faculty with step-by-step directions for maneuvering through the updated platform. The Video Tutorials are available through the “Bb SP 13 What’s Better” tab found on the Bb portal page. In addition, faculty and academic leaders can register for WebEx seminars via the same tab. The WebEx Seminars will be recorded and available for viewing for those faculty interested but unable to attend the live sessions. In addition, to provide a preview of one of the new features we have included a “Bb SP 13 What’s Better” document to provide an initial preview regarding the new inline grading functionality.

Bb SP 13 What’s Better About Inline Grading Inline Grading offers instructors a consistent grading experience within assignments, blogs, discussions, journals, and wikis. Instructors can grade a submission, post, and entry without leaving the page. Instructors can see the student submission content on the left and be able to grade the submission by using the grading tools in sidebar on the right.

Help Students Get a Strong Start in 2014! If you have a students in need of writing/APA assistance, tutorial support, test taking strategies, or general learning support services, please encourage them to schedule an appointment with the Academic Resource Center -Learning Support Services (LSS) and/or the Writing Center. Students can conveniently schedule an appointment using their smart phone, tablet device, or computer. The web address to schedule an appointment is: The LSS Office can also be reached by calling (586) 790-9697.

Dean’s Student Leadership Council Do you know an ECE, HUS, or CRJ student that exhibits leadership potential? If so, please encourage them to attend the “Dean’s Student Leadership Council Informational Meeting” on Wednesday, January 15th at 3:00pm - 4:30pm in the Academic Boardroom inside the Academic Office. The Meeting will be facilitated by the Dean of the HUS, CRJ and ECE Programs, Dr. Janet M. Joiner. If there are questions or additional information is needed, please contact Dr. Joiner by email at: or by calling (586) 790-2814.

Evening Academic Office Coverage for HUS, ECE, and CRJ 

Monday - Janet M. Joiner, Dean of HUS, ECE, and CRJ 

Tuesday - Mary Jane Merren, Director of ECE  

Wednesday - John Wilk, Director of CRJ Thursday - Wynonia Ward, Director of HUS

*The above administrators will be available in the Academic Office Monday—Thursday until 6:15pm

Academic Office, Main Campus 586-790-9587

Happy New Year!

Janet M. Joiner, PhD, LMSW Dean of Human Services, Early Childhood Education, and Criminal Justice Baker College of Clinton Township Office Phone: (586)790-2814 - FAX (586) 791-6611

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