LMS Upgrade: Roadmap for Successful Implementation

Panel Discussion
The most recent upgrade to Blackboard 9.1 at Northern Illinois University has proven to be very successful and has been receiving a lot of positive feedback from faculty and teaching staff. This panel discussion led by NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center staff at SLATE 2011 explored the strategies and practices that made the upgrade a success. We shared the logistics of the support plan, implementation timeline, and the publicity plan. Additionally, we discussed the testing strategies, approach to documentation and the training support offered to NIU faculty, staff and teaching assistants.

Those planning an upgrade for the own institutions can download copies of the upgrade documents from j.mp/NIULMS to customize and adopt them for their own needs.

Twitter Basics

I gave this presentation as part of the online session, “Using Twitter for Teaching, Learning and Professional Development in Higher Education” January 28, 2011. More details, including session handout and links to online resources, are available at bit.ly/twitterinedu

Extending Twitter

Presentation I gave as part of the online session, “Using Twitter for Teaching, Learning and Professional Development in Higher Education” January 28, 2011. More details, including session handout and links to online resources, are available at bit.ly/twitterinedu

Advanced Twitter Tips, Tricks and Tools

Have you gotten started with Twitter but now wondering what else is possible? What are hashtags? What are Twitter lists and how do get started using them? How can you easily post photos, videos, and links? What additional online tools and 3rd party apps can be integrated with Twitter to streamline posting of resources? I led this advanced hands-session at Faculty Summer Institute 2010 exploring the answers to these questions. The interactive online handout, resource links, and video archive are available. I also offered an introductory Twitter workshop at FSI with basic steps for getting started.

Keep it Short and Tweet: Intro to Microblogging Using Twitter

Twitter is an online application that is part blog, part social networking site, and part cell phone/IM tool. It is designed to let users describe that they are doing or thinking at a given moment, in 140 characters or less. I led this hands-on session at Faculty Summer Institute 2010 introducing the Twitter microblogging tool and discussing its mobile collaboration potential in the learning environment. The interactive online handout, resource links, and video archive are available. I also offered an advanced Twitter workshop at FSI with more tips and tricks.