Archives for January 2012

Tips for Communicating Effectively Using Blackboard

The announcement, discussion, and email features in Blackboard are just a few of the many tools available for faculty to communicate with students and foster collaboration during the course. What are the most efficient and effective uses of the Blackboard communication tools? During this online discussion I led on 1/26/2012 we sought to answer this question and share tips and best practices for communicating with students using Blackboard.

For archives of other online workshops offered by NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, visit our YouTube channel

Webinar: Texting with Students in Higher Ed

I was invited by Barry Dahl to be a panelist along with Todd McCann and Brett Kopf in a webinar on 1/17/12 titled “Text Messaging with Your Students While Maintaining Privacy” that explored the reasons and tools for safely communicating with students via sms.

The link to the complete webinar archive is here and more details regarding the webinar, including slides shared, are here. A mobile mp4 version of the archive is here.

Infographic: Online Education in the USA Report 2011

Report can be found at:

Going the Distance: Online Education in the US, 2011

Thanks to David Wicks for originally sharing.