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
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
During this panel presentation at Sloan Consortium’s 6th Annual International Symposium on Emerging Technologies for Online Learning on Tue, 4/10, 2:30PM (Wilshire A), learn how three faculty from different institutions use podcasts, eBooks, online courses, and Google+ Hangouts to reinvent “faculty development” into a community of learning.
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Many of us have experience with SPOCs = Small Private Online Courses
Recommendations: 2-4 hrs/wk, 3-6 weeks
Considerations for Teaching MOOCs
- Resources provided
- Required materials
- Access to resources
Recommendations from Maria
- Wherever possible, provide resources that are freely accessible in most of the world
- Consider your role to be the curator of the millions of resources on the Internet
- The assessments should provide another opportunity for learning (ex: design a quiz that is designed for students to fail unless they read the readings, then let students go back and take quiz again after failing first time and then completing the readings)
- The activities should provide a chance to apply what you’re learning in the real world
- Activities should provide a way for students to share and delight in what they are learning
- Discussions provide a place to truly leverage the diversity and life experiences of your participants.
- Discussions don’t have to be required unless the purpose of participating will be valuable to every student individually
Length of Course
- MOOC students want to spend fewer hours per week and commit to less weeks
- This doesn’t mean you teach a less rigorous version of the same course. It means you teach a different course. It might mean you teach three courses instead of one.
- MOOCs (massive open online courses) are fundamentally different from SPOCs (specialized private online courses)
- student-created content are some of the most interesting and valuable components of MOOCs
- MOOCs can be great venue for experimenting with new learning opportunities for students
- MOOCs can be considered “service to the community” and are a great way to showcase the institution
- motivation for offering MOOCs still must be identified
- “enroll has become the new like button”
- ongoing availability adds a unique dimension
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Similar steps could be followed to add other streams of #et4online social media to Flipboard…give it a try!