Grossmont College Technology Plan 2007-2010.

Technology

Business Office Technology

Description

The BOT department will have upgraded to Office 2007 by the fall and have converted to the VISTA operating system for up-to-date usage by students, faculty and staff.  Continued curriculum development for additional on-line and hybrid courses, reflecting industry standards and employer needs from the Business Advisory Council (BAC).

Curriculum Impact

Students in our programs are preparing for careers as office support professionals. They must master the current versions of software, hardware, and other technology to be prepared and succeed in the business environment.
The transition to Microsoft 07 will impact the majority of our course content (new texts, syllabi), as will development of on-line and hybrid components
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Approximate Number of Students Served

1000-1200 per semester. (Including Flex Lab and OPT program)

Support Impact

Flex Lab instructors and aides need exposure to and training on new software and all new content developed each semester. Instructors need training on Blackboard for hybrid, on-line courses, and Blackboard portions of OE/OE courses. Permanent lab aide needed.

Year 1 (2007-2008)

 Objective

Transition to Office 07 software. Develop on-line testing and syllabi in the Flex Lab by incorporating Blackboard into the Flex Lab. Hire Flex Lab aides, hire adjunct faculty for Flex Lab. Incorporate voice recognition software for medical transcribing classes and office technology equipment into appropriate courses.

 Action to Meet Objective

Install 07 software and select textbooks and develop new syllabi. Include Publisher presentations during staff development to demonstrate testing /assessment software. Identify instructor(s) to take the on-line training being offered at Grossmont. Develop on-line quizzes and create links to them (using Blackboard) for various OE/OE classes. Actively recruit students as aides. Purchase and include various office technology equipment into appropriate BOT classes

Year 2 (2008-2009)

 Objective

Develop more on-line content for OE/OE courses as well as traditional BOT courses. Continue to expose instructors to on-line teaching technology techniques and web accessibility methods.  Develop hybrid & on-line BOT classes.

 Action to Meet Objective

Identify instructors who need web page & on-line training.  Identify training availability.  Submit hybrid and on-line BOT courses to curriculum committee, create Blackboard content.

Year 3 (2009-2010)

 Objective

As Microsoft upgrades its operating system and business software, it is challenging to develop objectives to support those changes. The BOT department will continue to support innovative curriculum changes and updates to meet local business and industry demands but plan to continue similar objectives as indicated in the second year of this three year plan.

                        The BOT Department continues, on an ongoing basis, to plan on equipping our classrooms/labs with upgraded technology in order to support advanced and new course offerings.

                             Continue to meet the needs of students for both employment and transfer to four year universities by providing classes to support new industry and educational standards.

                             Continue to support faculty with new technology and upgrade their office computers to meet the needs of the new and updated courses.

                             Continue to expand online and hybrid courses in both new and existing curriculum.

                             Explore new industry technologies and add new courses to support those technologies.

                             Maintain currency of the software library with maintenance updated agreements. A timely upgrade of lab hardware and servers is imperative to meet the needs of new and emerging technology.

 Action to Meet Objective

Due to increased course offerings, the BOT department will require additional full-time faculty who are eager to develop new course content to add to our existing curriculum in addition to providing support to adjunct instructors.  We will need to consider a replacement for our BOT Lab Technician who will be retiring.

         Actively market our new programs and recruit new students through local publications, flyers, on-line advertisements and community outreaches.

         Replace equipment and software that is more than 3 years old with the latest generation to support newly developed curriculum.

         Continue to work collaboratively with other departments to develop new cross-listed courses. 

 


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