My BbWorld 2016 Presentation Schedule


I’m fortunate to be able to attend BbWorld for the fifth time this year. Here’s a list of the presentations I’ll either be collaborating with colleagues to give this year at #BbWorld16…

Blackboard Collaborate: Strategies and considerations for institutional adoption

Date/Time/Location: Tue, 7/12/16, 1:00PM-1:50PM, Titian 2205
Presenters: Jason Rhode, Stephanie Richter, Jeff Geronimo
In this session, we will share NIU’s recent Blackboard Collaborate roll-out strategy, practices, and lessons learned. Learn how NIU’s carefully planned adoption approach has been helping to make anytime synchronous collaboration simpler, more reliable, and more enjoyable. Bring your own questions and experiences and join in the discussion!

The Blackboard Portfolio tool: Features, uses, and campus-wide implementation process

Date/Time/Location: Thu, 7/14/16, 9:35AM-10:25AM, Titian 2205
Presenters: Jason Rhode, Stephanie Richter
The new Blackboard Portfolio tool released with Blackboard learn in April 2014 is much-improved and provides an easy-to-use platform for students to demonstrate and reflect upon what they have learned throughout their university career. Northern Illinois University (NIU) implemented the portfolios campus-wide during 2015, and it was used by thousands of students in a relatively short time. This presentation will provide an overview of the portfolio tool, strategies for developing portfolios that serve different purposes, and best practices for institutional adoption. Sample portfolios and exemplars from faculty who are using Blackboard portfolios in their classes will be shared, along with NIU’s campus-wide implementation process. Opportunities and challenges will be discussed to provide insights for others planning to roll-out portfolios at their institutions.

If be tweeting @jasonrhode my #BbWorld16 insights and takeaways and will post the slides from my presentations here on my blog.

Educator Preview for Blackboard Learn Ultra Now Available

Blackboard Learn

With feedback from users, Blackboard is building a new user experience called “Ultra” for both learners and educators that is more modern, personalized, and intuitive. The focus has been to zero in to improve the most-used features and significantly reduce the number of clicks per task.

Blackboard has announced its new Educator Preview where instructors can test drive the new Blackboard Learn with the Ultra experience. In the Educator Preview you’ll see a new, easy to use navigation as well as two course types to play around in.


  • The Original Course has all of the features you’re familiar with from Blackboard Learn today.
  • The Ultra Course leverages Blackboard’s new design and makes it easier than ever to build and teach great courses.

To get started, simply visit and click register.

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IDs, Faculty, and Administrators of AACSB-accredited Online MBA Programs Sought for Online Quality Assurance Study

I’m passing along the following request from a doctoral student at Boise State University who is seeking instructional designers, faculty, and administrators of online MBA programs accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). For more information or to participate in this study, please follow-up with Glori Hinck at

AACSBI am completing my EdD through Boise State University. For my dissertation I am studying quality assurance in online MBA programs. I am currently seeking an expert panel for a Delphi study that will start in the next 1-2 weeks. This study will involve three online surveys, each taking approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. I am recruiting for three groups of experts:

  • Instructional designers with at least 5 years of experience in online learning currently working in an AACSB-accredited online MBA program.
  • Faculty with at least 5 years of experience teaching in an AACSB-accredited online MBA program.
  • Administrators with at least 5 years of experience at the program director level or above in an AACSB-accredited online MBA program.

If you know any instructional designers, faculty or administrators that meet the criteria above and would be willing to participate, please consider forwarding my request to them. I greatly appreciate any assistance you can provide!

Thank you for your time,

Keys Issues in Teaching and Learning for 2016

2016 Key Issues in Teaching and Learning Infographic

With a broad membership of over 350 institutions spanning a variety of Carnegie classifications, states, and several countries, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is well aware that there’s significant power in community. This is why, for the past six years, ELI has surveyed its higher education community to determine key issues & opportunities in post-secondary teaching & learning.

ELI surveys every year the wildly complex landscape of teaching and learning. This year, over 900 of community members selected the most pressing issues to form a final list of 15. These key issues will serve as the framework, or focal points, for all of ELI’s discussions and programming throughout 2016. Here’s a listing of the Key Issues in Teaching & Learning for 2016 Infographic.

  1. Academic Transformation
  2. Faculty Development
  3. Assessment of Learning
  4. Online and Blended Learning
  5. Learning Analytics
  6. Learning Space Design
  7. Accessibility & Universal Design for Learning
  8. Open Educational Resources & Content
  9. Working with Emerging Technology
  10. Next Gen Digital Learning Environments (NGDLE) & Services
  11. Digital & Informational Literacies
  12. Adaptive Learning
  13. Mobile Learning
  14. Evaluating Tech-Based Instructional Innovations
  15. Evolution of the Profession

The high-resolution infographic is available here via Educause.

Quality Online Teaching: Managing the Online Teaching Workload

We often tell students that they need to be organized to manage their workload when they take an online course. But, it is even more important for you to manage your own time when teaching an online course. The lack of pre-defined, scheduled class times, combined with navigating the tools for online grading and communication can make it feel overwhelming. This archived online workshop will introduce you to some strategies for keeping up with the course, techniques that can save you time, and best practices to manage student expectations of you, including some simple suggestions for saving time and increasing your efficiency.