Archives for July 2013

Honored to Receive 2013 Blackboard Key to the Community Award

Jason Rhode receiving key to community award

I was extremely honored and humbled to have been nominated and chosen as one of six inaugural recipients of Blackboard’s annual Key to the Community Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the Blackboard client community. I accepted the award at BbWorld13. The Blackboard client community truly is a collaborative and supportive network of colleagues and it’s my pleasure to continue to be a part.

Lessons from Tacos and Pizza: The Importance of 24/7 Access for Students

For students, the learning experience beyond lecture hour is just as important as what happens during class. Thanks to modern technology, it is now easier than ever to make academic resources available 24/7, and use them to enhance teaching practices and the learning experience. This presentation at BbWorld13 shared NIU’s current use of Blackboard Learn, Collaborate, and Mobile to provide 24/7 access to learning for students. Slides are available here.

Blackboard Enterprise Surveys and Course Evaluations: Features and Considerations for Institutional Adoption

With the release of Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 10, the “Enterprise Surveys and Course Evaluations” tool adds a robust and flexible set of new capabilities tightly integrated within Blackboard for conducting surveys and course evaluations on a wide scale. This session at BbWorld13 shared Northern Illinois University’s recent experiences exploring the new features and developing a roadmap for institution-wide implementation. Slides are available here.

Blackboard 2013 Catalyst Award Poster: Cross-Platform Strategy for Staff Development

My colleagues and I from Northern Illinois University Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center are honored to have been selected to receive two Blackboard Catalyst Awards this year, one for staff development and the other for teaching and learning. Both awards are in recognition of NIU’s first online teaching effectiveness institute that our center offered in 2013, the first of what we hope will be many such online professional development opportunities offered for NIU faculty and teaching staff in the future.

The poster below was shared during the welcome reception poster session at BbWorld 2013. Click here to enlarge.

Poster

The online course developed for this initiative, initially only available for NIU faculty and teaching staff, is now available on CourseSites here for anyone to self-enroll and view. The course is also shared as an open educational resource and may be downloaded as a Blackboard Package or Common Cartridge 1.1 Package.

Additional related resources shared regarding mobile teaching using Blackboard include:

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 offered at BbWorld 2013, Stephanie Richter and I shared NIU’s cross-platform strategy, practices, and lessons learned that can be applied to any online professional development initiative. Slides are available here.

The online course developed for this initiative, initially only available for NIU faculty and teaching staff, is now available on CourseSites here for anyone to self-enroll and view. The course is also shared as an open educational resource and may be downloaded as a Blackboard Package or Common Cartridge 1.1 Package.

Additional resources shared during the session include: