Archives for May 2013

Offering Online Professional Development for Faculty Using a Cross-Platform Strategy

For the very first time, Northern Illinois University offered a fully-online teaching effectiveness institute in January 2013 utilizing a combination of Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate, and Blackboard Mobile platforms. This cross-platform approach has proven to be very successful and provides a model for faculty to incorporate an integrated approach for implementing all three platforms in their teaching. In this session led by Jason Rhode and Jeff Geronimo at the 2013 Blackboard Never Stop Learning Tour in Chicago we shared NIU’s cross-platform strategy, practices, and lessons learned that can be applied to any online professional development initiative. | slides

Maintaining Momentum: Successful Faculty Development Strategies 
for Supporting Blackboard Upgrades

How do rollouts of new Blackboard releases impact institutions? What steps are institutions taking to prepare faculty, teaching staff, and students for the changes brought about by Blackboard upgrades? During this presentation at the 2013 Blackboard Product Development Offsite on May 15, 2013, Northern Illinois University shared its comprehensive faculty development strategy for supporting faculty and preparing the campus community for new upgrades. Specific steps taken to prepare faculty and staff for each service pack were shared, including the initiatives underway in conjunction with NIU’s upgrade from Learn 9.1 SP8 to SP11 in June 2013. Walk away with practical examples of how an institution is compiling and integrating available support documentation and resources from Blackboard to share with its campus as well as the wider Blackboard user community! Slides are available here | mobile-friendly slides