Archives for July 2014

Looking forward to blogging #BbWorld14

BbWorld BloggerAs in the past, I again this year plan to blog my experiences at BbWorld, July 15-17th. Somehow my calendar is already fuller this year than ever, including 3 presentations, 1 poster presentation, and a host of a few other commitments. Stay tuned here on my blog for more or go directly to for all my #BbWorld14 posts.

Are you headed to #BbWorld14? Leave me a comment or hit me up on Twitter @jrhode and let’s connect!

Help Blackboard Design the Next Generation Learning Management System

Blackboard Community Programs
Blackboard is conducting a series of user research studies to aid the design of the next generation of Blackboard Learn, the flagship LMS. Please pass along this invitation to participate to any students or faculty who might be interested in these opportunities.

Who: Blackboard is being assisted by TecEd (, an independent research firm.

What: You’ll try some features of the redesigned Learn and tell us your thoughts.

Where: At your own computer, speaking on the phone with a researcher during the one-to-one research session. Sessions will last 30 or 60 minutes for students, and 45 or 90 minutes for faculty.

When: Sessions will take place July 11 – August 29.

What else: Participants who complete a session will receive an Amazon gift card to thank them for their time and input. The card value will range from $50 to $150, depending on the session length.

To apply to participate, please click this link, or copy this link into your browser:

If you meet the study criteria, TecEd will contact you to schedule a research session.

Open discussion at BbWorld14 on Enterprise Surveys and Course Evaluations feature gaps

BbWorld 2014With the recent conversations that I’ve had with other institutions regarding piloting the Blackboard Enterprise Surveys and Course Evaluations (ESCE) tool, I’ve reserved a meeting room and time slot at BbWorld in the Blackboard User Group (BUG) Lounge for an open conversation on the feature gaps and workarounds that institutions are employing in attempting to implement the functionality.

If you will be attending BbWorld and are currently exploring the ESCE tool, feel free to join the conversation on Wednesday, July 16, 4:00-5:00pm, Veronese 2401A.

The meeting room will have bean bags and several round tables, allowing for several groups to meet at the same time. This is a low tech room. Projectors, speakers, microphones will be NOT available.

I plan to take notes of the conversations and will plan to share here on LinkedIn for those who can’t attend.

See you in Vegas!

Jason Rhode, Ph.D.
Director, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center
Northern Illinois University