Blackboard Collaborate Upgrade Panel at BbWorld 2012

Unsure about how to upgrade from Wimba or Elluminate Live to Blackboard Collaborate 11 or 12? I participated in a panel presentation at Blackboard Collaborate Connections Summit along with Sarah Crawley, Dan Lim, Robin Smith, and David Tao where we shared our experiences about their upgrade processes.

Here are my slides from my portion of the presentation.

I mentioned the following available online resources during my presentation:

BbWorld 2012: Day 1 Recap

Here’s a quick recap of a few of the highlights from day 1 of BbWorld 2012…

I missed the flash mob, and if you did too, here you can check it out

Rock on, SLATE! An Up Close Look at How a Blackboard User Group Has Impacted Teaching, Learning and Support of Technology in the Midwest

SLATE Celebrating 10 Years
Working in a vacuum can be daunting. Who do you turn to for best practices in teaching and learning, for advice when a challenge arises, or to assist you in managing change? More than 1500 of your peers turn to a Blackboard User Group! During this panel presentation at BbWorld 2012, my colleagues Cheryl Boncuore, Ken Sadowski, Heath Tuttle, and I shared about the professional and personal benefits received from participating in a Blackboard User Group (SLATE – Supporting Learning And Technology in Education).

Group leader, Ken Sadowski – winner of a 2011 Catalyst Award winner for Community Collaboration – has nurtured this 10-year old Midwest User Group from its humble beginnings to over 80 member institutions.

Slides and other resources shared during the presentation are at www.slategroup.org/bbw12

To learn more about SLATE or to become involved, visit www.slategroup.org

Presenting from iPad at BbWorld Using SlideShark

In my quest to go “laptop-less” at BbWorld, I plan to present from my iPad using the free SlideShark app. I’ve found SlideShark to be by far the simplest and most elegant solution for converting a PowerPoint to an iPad-native presentation for displaying.

first slide of PowerPoint presentation show on SlideShark app
First slide of presentation shown from iPad using SlideShark

Here’s how the service works in a nutshell. You sign-up for a free account and download the app onto your iPad. Then, when you have a PowerPoint presentation finished, you upload from your computer to your online account. Next, simply launch the Slideshark app on your iPad and after you’ve logged into your SlideShark account for the first time, you’ll see all your uploaded presentations. Tap the “Download” button to download any presentations you’ll be giving so that you have them stored locally on your iPad (in case you experience Wi-Fi issues). Displaying your presentation is then as simple as plugging your iPad into the projector and clicking the green “play” button.

If you’d like to ditch your laptop and simply present from your iPad, give SlideShark a try! Sign-up for free using this link and both you and I get some extra free storage! http://www.slideshark.com/r?r=356863

SlideShark app on iPad
SlideShark app open on my iPad, BbWorld presentations loaded

If you do plan to present from your iPad, remember your dongle ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you also use SlideShark? Or, perhaps you have found another approach for presenting PPT from iPad? Leave a comment and share your impressions of SlideShark and/or recommendations for other PowerPoint presentation alternatives.

My BbWorld 2012 Presentation Schedule

BbWorld
Blackboard Collaborate Connections Summit
This year I’m fortunate that things have worked out so that I’m able to attend, for the very first time, BbWorld. I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to simultaneously also participate in the Blackboard Collaborate Connections Summit while in New Orleans and am honored to in the process be able to accept a Blackboard Catalyst Award on behalf the NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

In the spirit of collaboration and wanting to take full advantage of the opportunity at BbWorld to share with others, I submitted a couple of presentation proposals, hoping that one would be accepted. To my surprise, they were both accepted and I was invited to speak on two other panels as well as share NIU’s use of Blackboard products in another session…so, I’m a part of five presentations. Here’s a list of the presentations I’ll either be giving or be a part of at BbWorld and Bb Collaborate Connections Summit…

Scheduled Presentations

Have your cake and eat it too! Podcasting online faculty development programs using Blackboard Collaborate MP4 archives

This session will share Northern Illinois University’s journey offering live online faculty development workshops using Blackboard Collaborate as well as making online workshop archives available for on-demand viewing either online, in iTunes, or on a mobile device. Emphasis will be placed on NIU’s step-by-step workflow for using Publish! in conjunction with Blackboard Collaborate to create MP4 versions of archives suitable for viewing online as well as on mobile devices to deliver archived online faculty development programs in podcast form. The presentation will include considerations for hosting archives outside Blackboard Collaborate as well as the steps necessary to create a podcast RSS feed, submit to the iTunes store, and update the necessary files when a new MP4 archive from Blackboard Collaborate is generated.

Date/Time/Location: Wed, 7/11/12, 10:20AM-10:45AM, Room 384
Presenter: Jason Rhode

Rock on, SLATE! An Up Close Look at How a Blackboard User Group Has Impacted Teaching, Learning and Support of Technology in the Midwest

Working in a vacuum can be daunting. Who do you turn to for best practices in teaching and learning, for advice when a challenge arises, or to assist you in managing change? More than 1500 of your peers turn to a Blackboard User Group! Whether you’ve been thinking about joining or leading a group, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn firsthand from the members of SLATE (Supporting Learning & Technology in Education) about the professional and personal benefits received from participating in a Blackboard User Group. You’ll also hear how group leader, Ken Sadowski- winner of a 2011 Catalyst Award winner for Community Collaboration- has nurtured this 10-year old Midwest User Group from its humble beginnings to over 80 member institutions.

Date/Time/Location: Wed, 7/11/12, 10:55AM-11:50AM, Room 392
Presenter(s): Cheryl Boncuore, Jason Rhode, Ken Sadowski, Heath Tuttle

Blackboard Collaborate Upgrade Panel

Unsure about how to upgrade from Wimba or Elluminate Live to Blackboard Collaborate 11 or 12? Listen to our panel of experts as they share their experiences about their upgrade processes.

Date/Time/Location: Wed, 7/11/12, 2:55PM-3:50PM, Room 385
Presenter(s): Sarah Crawley, Dan Lim, Jason Rhode, Robin Smith, David Tao

Northern Illinois University: Success with Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Mobile, and More

Though Northern Illinois University heavily relies on Blackboard Collaborate for its online classes and world-class professional development trainings, it relies on many other Blackboard platforms as well. This presentation will discuss how NIU has harnessed the power of multiple Blackboard platforms to create a smooth-yet-powerful online program that has truly become world class.

Date/Time/Location: Wed, 7/11/12, 4:10PM-5:05PM, Room 261
Presenter(s): Rajeev Arora, Vance Moore, Jason Rhode

LMS Upgrade: Roadmap for Successful Implementation

The upgrade to Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1 at Northern Illinois University from Release 8.0 has proven to be very successful and has been receiving a lot of positive feedback from faculty and teaching staff. This session will share the strategies and practices that made the upgrade a success and can be applied to any upcoming LMS upgrade. Bring your questions as well as suggestions to join in the conversation!

Date/Time/Location: Thu, 7/12/12, 8:45AM-9:15AM, Digital Content and Upgrade Center – Theater
Presenter: Jason Rhode

It will be a busy week, but one in which I am looking forward to! Let the presentation preparation begin.

If you’ll be at BbWorld and/or Collaborate Connections Summit, look me up! I’ll be tweeting @jrhode and will share my presentation slides and other resources here on my blog. I will try to also blog my experiences at BbWorld, but it all depends on if I can find some extra time in my schedule to do so ๐Ÿ™‚

Looking for Presentations Slides/Handouts?

I will be posting the slides and accompanying resources from my BbWorld presenters here on my blog along with any other BbWorld-related reflections. Enjoy!