ESTHERVILLE - The Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College heard about online learning options at their meeting Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 13, in Estherville.
Theresa Zeigler, Director of Distance and Global Education, gave an overview of the online learning program at Iowa Lakes. The college helped establish the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC). Since its launch just over a decade ago, online course work has taken off like a rocket. There has been explosive enrollment growth over the past 11 years.
In the fall of 2011, more than 800 students are taking at least one online course, that's more than 25-percent of the student body. In fact, some students take online courses only.
Zeigler also showed the Trustees an example of an online class and what a 'threaded discussion' looks like. She also pointed out that 'social learning' is blending into the online curriculum. And she shared information on faculty development and how Iowa Lakes is collaborating with other colleges to learn and create new courses and learning objectives.
Also during the meeting, the grant that was announced by the USDA last Thursday was accepted by the Trustees. The Rural Utilities Services-Distance Learning and Telemedicine (RUS-DLT) grant is for $498,695 and will improve educational telecommunications services for rural areas through video conferencing equipment for nine schools in the five-county district of Iowa Lakes.
In addition, the Trustees endorsed two grant applications, which will be submitted as part of the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation grant competition. The applications were ranked by the Board of Trustees in the following order: Smith Wellness Center ADA-compliant portable pool lifts (Grant Request of $12,060 with a match of $2,010 from Iowa Lakes and $2,010 from the City of Emmetsburg); and Smith Wellness Center and Sauna upgrades to provide automatic door openers, widening of the sauna door (as well as an ADA-compliant ramp for the sauna), and purchase of an ADA-compliant ramp for the stage in the gymnasium. (Grant Request of $20,179 with a match of $6,727 from the college.)
Also during the meeting, the Trustees approved a 260E Preliminary Training Agreement with SPM Gaskets, LLC, of Spencer.
In other business, the Trustees accepted the annual audit of the 2011 Fiscal Year, which was performed by Williams and Company, Spencer. The Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees reviewed the report last week. The audit received an 'unqualified opinion' which means it was a 'clean' report.