#BbWorld16 The Blackboard Portfolio tool: Features, uses, and campus-wide implementation process

Bb Portfolio Tool

Thu, 7/14/16, 9:35AM-10:25AM
Titian 2205
Presenters: Jason Rhode (@jasonrhode) & Stephanie Richter (@slrichter)

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 at BbWorld16 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. Accompanying slides are available here and links included in slides shared below.

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#BbWorld16 Blackboard Collaborate: Strategies and Considerations for Institutional Adoption

BbWorld16 Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Tue, 7/12/16, 1:00PM-1:50PM,
Titian 2205
Presenters: Jason Rhode (@jasonrhode), Stephanie Richter (@slrichter), Jeff Geronimo (@jeffminor)

In this session at BbWorld16, we 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! Accompanying slides are available here.

My BbWorld 2016 Presentation Schedule

BbWorld16

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.

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  • 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 preview.blackboard.com and click register.

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For more information, email educatorpreview@blackboard.com

How to Setup a Custom Course Entry Home Page in Blackboard

For several years, I have been customizing the entry point / home page in my online courses that I’ve designed and taught in Blackboard Learn. In some courses, I’ve setup a course communication dashboard home page where I’ve aggregated various course communications and information items into a singular location. Most recently, I’ve shifted to utilizing a course welcome – start here page that provides my students with general overview information about the course, instructor contact information, and helpful tips for getting off to a strong start in the course.

Sample customized course home page

For those interested in developing their own customized course entry home page in Blackboard, I’ve recorded this video tutorial overview of the course entry home page template that I use in my Blackboard Learn courses, with step-by-step instructions for how to setup in your own course. The template home page HTML code is available in HTML or TXT formats.

If you’d like to experience the custom course home page referenced in the tutorial within a course, the Blackboard course that I demonstrated is available for self-enrollment or to download as an OER package, more details here.

If you found this information helpful, or if you have developed your own custom course home page template, I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment and let’s connect.