Asst./Assoc. Professor of Instructional Technology Opening at NIU



The Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment (ETRA) at Northern Illinois University is seeking qualified applicants for one anticipated (tenure track) faculty position as an Associate or Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology with a primary area of expertise in interaction design and data analytics. Applicants should demonstrate a proven record of excellence in research through peer-reviewed scholarly publications, ability to improve teaching and practice in information/interaction design, data analytics, and performance technology, and collegiality and experience working with diverse groups. Candidates are expected to take a leadership role in academic research, teaching, and curriculum development. Responsibilities will primarily include conducting and publishing academic research, teaching three courses per semester, assisting in the service mission of the Department/College, and providing leadership and support for our new Bachelor of Science in Applied Management – Instructional Technology, Training, and Evaluation.

One of six units in the College of Education, the ETRA department’s mission is to advance the development and use of technology, research methodology, and assessment in a variety of settings to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship. Degrees offered in the department include a M.S. in Educational Research and Evaluation, a M.S.Ed. in Instructional Technology, endorsement and certification (initial and advanced) in the areas of Technology and Library Information Specialist, a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and a bachelor completion program, Bachelor of Science in Applied Management – Instructional Technology, Training, and Evaluation.


The qualified candidate will have a terminal degree (Ph.D., Ed.D.) in Instructional Technology, Informatics, or a closely related field; experience in developing and teaching courses in information architecture, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), interaction design, usability evaluation, and data analytics; experience developing and delivering online learning in educational/training settings; an active research agenda in instructional/information technology; and a demonstrated ability to work well with diverse constituencies both internal and external to the university.


Highly desired: We are especially interested in candidates who have one or more of the following: experience as an interaction designer or performance technologist in diverse settings; experience in securing external funds; experience consulting in business/industry; skill and knowledge in developing and authoring applications for distributed learning; and project management experience.


Interested individuals should send a letter of application; current vita; names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five or more professional references; copy of transcript(s) showing highest degree earned; and a statement of research and teaching interests. Applications should be submitted on paper or as email attachment to:

Ms. Angela Camp
Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
208 Gabel Hall
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115

The desired contract starting date is August 16, 2017. Review of applications will begin on December 12 2016; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers of 2016

Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers of 2016

I was honored to learn that I have been named one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers of 2016 by the Center for Digital Education (CDE). Each year, CDE recognizes K-20 education leaders who have transformed learning through the innovative use of technology in its annual Top 30 awards program and publication. Recognizing the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America, CDE aims to honor pioneers in education technology and showcase the accomplishments and best practices of award winners. Nominations are judged on:

  • Efforts to improve education with digital tools
  • Impact of those efforts on student achievement; the institution; and the local, state and national scene
  • Creativity and initiative to make change
  • Display of leadership qualities

More details and a the complete listing of award winners are available at

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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Blackboard Relaunches Exemplary Course Program


As a long-time proponent of Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Program, I was pleased to see a tweet from Deb Everhart last week announcing that Blackboard has relaunched its Exemplary Course Program, which had been on hiatus since this past year.

Bb Exemplary Course Program RubricFor those unfamiliar with the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP), it began in 2000 with the goal of identifying and disseminating best practices for designing high quality courses. The core of the program is the ECP Rubric, which defines key characteristics of high quality courses within the framework of Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support. Thousands of instructors, teachers, and designers have used the Exemplary Course Program to evaluate and improve their courses with recognized best practices.

For more information about the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program, visit You can also tour an example course that received the exemplary course distinction.

Blackboard Launches Community Site Beta at #BbWorld15

Bb Community Site

Just in time for BbWorld 2015, Blackboard has launched a beta phase of a new community platform at The Beta is rolling out with some great features, allowing users to locate information, submit community questions, share best practices and easily engage and collaborate with peers. Some valuable enhancements are coming in the next few months, like single sign-on, improvements in visual integration and cross-site search and navigation.

Blackboard is seeking feedback and suggestions from client users to shape the development of the community site for a Q3 full launch. By joining the beta you will be invited to participate in future usability tests that will be used to ensure the content published and created is in line with community needs and expectations. These requests for feedback will come in various formats: focus groups, discussions, polls, surveys and direct outreach. Any and all feedback is welcome!

I’ve signed-up for the community site beta and look forward in the coming days to becoming more familiar with the platform, you’ll find me here. Let’s connect!