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BbWorld15: Leveraging Blackboard to Introduce New Faculty to Essential Technologies – Session Blog

Kimberly Evans
Joey Robinson
Reynolds Community College

TTS 101 Orientation to Essential Tech is an online orientation designed to streamline the on-boarding process and acclimate newly hired faculty to various technologies and services.  A collection of modules are housed within Blackboard introducing faculty to the wide range of tech resources they will be expected to use.

Upon hire faculty are automatically enrolled and through Blackboard complete each module.  They will remain enrolled for 1 year.  Once completed, deans and chairs are notified and they receive 1.5 hours of professional development.

Information is distributed at faculty orientations, convocation.

Orientation contains:

  • brief video of objectives
  • self-guided activities
  • self-assessment
  • resources

Each of the modules use adaptive release to move faculty on to the next module when they complete the previous one.

Menu: Possibilities: (Start Here, E-mail, Computer account, SIS, LMS etc..)

Exit survey posted at the end of session to measure effectiveness of orientation.  (It is not mandatory to complete training)

Reynolds looked at helpdesk tickets (Logon Concerns, Email, Software) they all decreased over time with implementation of orientation.

Don’t ask, just congratulate when welcoming.  Not “Would you like to participate?”, but “Congratulations, you’ve been enrolled..”

BbWorld14 Session Blog – Bridging the Gap: Supporting Users’ Wide-Ranging Needs in an Ever-Changing Technological Landscape

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Frederick Kelly IT Administrator University of Tennessee Knoxville
Mary Lee Stewart University of Tennessee Knoxville
Rosie Sasso Instructional Technology and Research Support Specialist III, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Background: Knoxville has 1,400 Instructional Faculty, Student Enrollments 27k, Colleges 11, Degree Programs 300+, Course Delivery staff of 5.

Course Delivery Tools: Bb Learn, Bb Collaborate

Bridging the Gap

When You are in Support – Every Day is Different!

We are ambassadors among different groups and people with unique backgrounds and traits with which to synthesize superior support.

Don’t be THAT guy.  – It’s okay to say “I don’t know”, Investigate, Give Users Options

User Real Life examples and practical experiences – even if anecdotal – and then apply them to tech.

– Use analogies, metaphors, and/or similes.  “Like drinking a milkshake through a cocktail straw”
– Computing Systems are like a fingerprint – browsers, operating systems, java, security, MS Office, third party- All users are diverse  (verbal, visual) get to know users and needs

Embracing Change

The only thing constant is change – Heraclitus, Greek philosopher (535 BC – 475 BC)

  • Change is often forced on users, but it’s constant, so roll with it.
    – Know you are a change agent. (Make it as not scarey as possible)
  • Browsers are on accelerated schedule
    – Best browsers for BbLearn? More than one.
    – Your browser is the window for the internet like your windshield is a window to the interstate
  • Sites like Amazon tweak GUIs all the time and no one freaks out.
    – Literal people may view a GUI change as catastrophic
  • Focus on positives from the change.  Yes, things an break, but new features are helpful
  • Find balance between experimentation and frustration.
    – If something looks different play with it.
    – If you’ve got the time to experiment, do.
    – If you start to get angry or frustrated, call support.

“For every ailment under the sun there is a remedy, or there is none; if there be one, try to find it; if there be none, never mind it.”
– W.W Bartley American Philosopher (1934-1990)

Empowering Users

  • Provide cheat sheets, walkthroughs (printable & Postable)
  • Myth: Technology is supposed to make things easier – not true, just different
  • Hold users accountable and foster a sense of personal responsibility. (“let’s schedule a time to get together an set up Grade Center BEFORE next semester.”)
  • Take the Heat when its applicable
    – Know when to say no. Do not be run over.
  • Make a checklist for Instructors to get them started

Fortune favors the brave!  – Publius Terentius After the roman playwright.

Asking Questions

  • What did you do BEFORE BbLearn or BbCollaborate?
    – I hate BB, but I want it to paint my house and do magical things
  • How far did you get?
  • WHY?
  • Would you be willing to try this a different way?
  • Are you interested in learning a potentially more effective way of doing this?
  • Are you willing to come in and meet with us?

Professional Development:

Workshops – F2f, Online, your place or mine? (5 or 6 a month f2f)
Consults – Brief topical – how do I do x with y? one-on-one or group, where can i find? But what about..
Faculty Assist – Detailed, specific need (ID work) Was, Is or Will Be, Across support groupsKnowledge Base – Online constantly updated

Summary –

Offer multiple avenues of support, consistent message.  Be Technical & Practical, Address Expectations, Expect change!!

BbWorld14 Session Blog: Beyond the Discussion Board – Implementing Blackboard Tools to Increase Engagement

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Cheryl Boncuore | Academic Director, Kendall College
Ken Sadowski | SLATE

Session explores student and faculty experiences form a variety of institutions using traditional discussion boards in online, hybrid and campus-based classes.  It takes a deeper dive with an institution that implemented blogs, journals, wikis and video everywhere in order to increase engagement. Results and Reaction will be discussed.

  • What Engagement Means in Online Learning
  • Faculty Favorites
    -examination of faculty responses positive and negative
    -Status Quo Expected mandated
  • Beyond the Discussion Board
    -Other Tools
    -Tools beyond Bb


  • DB has been around for a long time
  • DB is static and students don’t like it
  • Faculty bear with it because they have to
  • Don’t know any other tools
  • Can’t use other tools
  • Forced Responses
  • No real social Interaction

What the Numbers told us?

  • Survey 400 people from 100 insitutions
  • Return rate of 20%
    -84% Faculty
    -12% admin
    -3% staff
    1% Instructional Designers

What LMS do you use?  74% Bb Learn

How do you Primarily Teach? 36% Online, 35% on Ground, 29% equally

Age Group – Nice Mix 25 – 65 and older
How long have you been teaching – 1 – over 20

What tools do your students prefer?

  • Discussion Board 52%
  • Other – 24%
  • Don’t know 15%
  • Blog 2%
  • Journal 1%
  • Facebook 6%

What has happened?

  • Surprised about positive comments for discussion board
  • perceived mediocre yet they use it
  • molded it to what they wanted it to do to fully engage students

Discussion Board got some “new” friends…

Defining Engagement –

  • Connecting all institutional constituents to the activities of teh learning, discovery and the academic topics of study
  • Great Engagement leads to Greater Retention
  • Every class must go beyond institution walls
  • Fits Mission of University

Tools of Engagement

DB – pre-developed online courses, traditional tool, what else is there?

BB Tools – Journals, blogs, wikis, surveys, video everywhere, rubrics

Web Tools – Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Skype, Big Marker(video conferencing tool – web based no java)

Don’t always look for right answer…look for group work, engagement and problem solving process.

What did we learn?

  • Tools that are available to us can be used in interesting ways
  • Faculty use tools that they are comfortable with
  • It’s not the tool, it’s the pedagogy!

What’s Next?



BbWorld Session Blog: Growing Enrollments: Implementing Online Programs with Learners in Mind

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Leslie Buckalew | Vice President Student Learning | Columbia College

This session will focus on helping educational administrators grow enrollments using Online Programs that improve student retention and timely degree completion.  Proven pedagogy that focuses on learner needs will be reviewed.  Use of the Blackboard Learn and Collaborate will be highlighted. Program evaluation will be discussed in the context of a larger campus strategic plan.

Online Education Initiative – Environment to get student in virtual courses in a seamless fashion.

*Students will be successful if faculty are supported.

Online Learner: Characteristics and Course Development with their needs in Mind:

Self-Directed: Metacognitively aware (know how to learn)

Value Collaboration technology/social learning

Need to be Connected

Part of a community of Practice

Title II Grant: Money to expand distance learning (2 million for 5 years) – equip faculty to teach online using cohort training (flexible, collaborative and accountable training program)  Online and face-to-face learning community setting.

  • Teaching and learning Communities
  • Blackboard 9.1 Training
  • Collaborative Development
  • Technology Training & workshops
  • Peer Mentors
  • Incentives and Software

Designed a three unit course called (Online Course Development as a supplement as grant has run out.  Also provided other instructional technology training (smaller groups – Variety is the spice of life).  Encouraged everyone of their faculty to use Blackboard as an enhancement in their class.

Best Practices (Principles of Good Practice)

  • Good practice encourages contact between students and faculty
  • Good practice develops reciprocity and cooperation among students
  • Good practice encourages active learning
  • Good practice gives prompt feedback
  • Good practice emphasizes time on task
  • Good practice communicates high expectations
  • Good practice respects diverse talents and ways of learning

Faculty Training Offers

  • Web Resources (JIT)
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Online Development Cohort & Classes
  • Ongoing Support
  • Pre & Post Surveys for Program Assessment
  • Instructional Technology Training – ties into having students feel supported as well.

Pre & Post Faculty Training Survey*

Equipping Faculty to Provide:

  • Start Here Modules (safety Net activities)
  • Safety Nets (Practice Assignments)
  • Universal Designed & Accessible Learning Materials and Modules
  • Need to Know student service information
  • Authentic Assessment
  • Embedded Instructional Video Clips – welcome video required
  • Asynchronous and Synchronous Communication Tools
  • Rubrics, Models & Guidelines
  • Community Building Activities

Training Topics & Activities

  • Create Accessible Syllabus and Materials
  • Develop Rubrics
  • Embed Instructional Videos
  • Set-Up Anti-plagiarism assignments (safe assign, turnitin)
  • Provide Different Learning Style Activities
  • Design learning modules
  • Participate in Communication Tools
  • Embed the Human Presence Aspect – sprinkles and icing

Need to Know video clips –

  • Where to find a tutor
  • Technical Support
  • etc..

Virtual Conferencing Tools for Office Hours, Lectures, Counseling, and Meetings (Bb Collaborate, Google Hangouts)

Student Success Factors Proven Effective

  • Blackboard Help Desk
  • Instructional Technology Center
  • F2f and Virtual Orientations
  • Video tours of Online Class
  • Embedded Instructional Videos
  • Online Student Resources
  • Blackboard Quick Guide
  • Email Blasts
  • Faculty Directory Page

Take Aways

  • Student Confidence is up
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Strong Online Community
  • Higher Retention Rates
  • Student Satisfaction
  • Educational Opportunities


BbWorld Keynote Blog – Corporate Keynote

Jay Bhatt CEO

Learning how Blackboard is reimagining the education experience.

*disclaimer – all stuff mentioned here is in development and may or may not be what we see eventually.

Education 2020 – some trends

Education system is not responding fast enough to engaging students and driving appropriate outcomes. 1/4 students are motivated because they like their school experience.  School is not an engaging environment for 3/4 students.

75% of kids own/use a mobile device – far to little content is being delivered in this medium.

1/3 college students feel that education is preparing them for life..while 2/3 dont.

11 million people employed but 4 million jobs remain unfilled in the U.S. – people who can fill them are not being produced by higher ed system.

Raison D’etre  of schools – manage student learning and develop appropriate outcomes.

100 million learners will be coming into our learning systems in the near future.

Blackboard sees a different future for education – learner-centric.  Creating a better education system for learners of all kinds.

Key to reimagining education is putting the learner first.

Redesign, Redefine – How

Redesign –

  • The Approach
  • The Portfolio
  • Innovation & Education

New vision, reorganized our customer facing teams, single points of contact, increased support of international customers. New Data Centers (Germany, Brazil etc..)  5000 consulting projects to 1,500 clients.  Joined Internet2, new integrated product team and roadmap.

Launched over 25 product updates to meet country requirements, Blackboard Store, Mobile App, Bb labs and Polls, Invested in Moodle Rooms, launched 40 schools running MOOcs, founding members of badge alliance, aquired MyEDU

MyEdu – (Based in Austin, Texas) Speaks to skills gap by helping student collect competencies and connect to workforce.

Redesign – Solutions, Support & Services, Industry Citizenship

Solutions – Changing the way we bring products to us.  Making it easier to buy and deploy products together as one unit.  Want to share course content with folks outside of org they should be able to.  Student should see same workflow.  Bb is combining learn, collaborate and mobile.

Learn, Content, XPLOR, Community, Mobile – Combined into Learning Core (Now Blackboard’s base product)

Real-time Collaboration – Learning Essentials

Data – Learning Insight

Retention Services – Learning Insights + Retention

k-12 solutions include common core, innovative classroom, parent engagement (focused on blended learning)

Common core – learn, content mobile and xplor

Collaboration – innovated classroom

Parental Engagement is third solution – K12 Central parents can interact with schools via mobile device

Redesign – Support & Services

Customer Support – Consolidated and improved, private cloud offering improved, now 7 managed hosting facilities. (adding germany, singapore, brazil)

Institutional Focus – Technology Implementation, Faculty Adoption, Grow Online Programs
Student Centric – Attracting & Enrolling students, supporting student pathways, measuring outcomes

Blackboard acquired Perceptus by adding contact centers in South Carolina, Arizona, Kentucky and Texas.

Redesign – Industry Citizenship

partnership with ACE – American council of education – new models of learning (competency based learning – emerging area)
Founding members of Badge Alliance – Support Research and Studies to inform industry dialogue – Project Tomorrow
Speaking and writing and publishing
Spotlighting Bb Customers – SouthWest College in Northern Ireland – eLearning project in Zambia, Africa
T!PTXT – anti-bullying messaging platform – free platform for k-12

Redefine – Utility and purpose of technology in the support of education.

User Experience – new
Mobile First
Expanded Cloud Strategy – SAS public cloud offering (public – new)
Big Data – pull rich data from across learning experience

User Experience – dramtic switching focus to learner

  • Blackboard Store – Connecting learner to everything they need (material wise for the course)
  • MyEdu – allow students to communicate accomplishments in academic context
  • Entirely new user experience and workflow (streamline navigation, integrate capabilities)
  • Responsive Design UI
  • Completely different look and feel.
  • Easy of access and use for students.  Very simple, very streamlined
  • Linking content and activities to conversations – learning from other learners.  A completely integrated UI
  • New online meeting tool!  Video capable and awesome!!
  • Blackboard Collaborate Mobile – very simple!
  • Bb Grader – Mobile app super simple way to do grading (audio, video, written feedback as well as rubrics are available in the tool)
  • BB K-12 Central –
  • Blackboard Job Genie – Connect dots, career paths etc,
  • Blackboard Mobile Learn – Completely Redesigned – speed, efficiency and engagement.

Deployment Strategies –

  • Self-hosted, private cloud, Learn in the Public Cloud
    Learn in public cloud – elastic, resilient, current (Canvas-esque)

    Learn in the Cloud – Available this Summer
    Open Education platform for MOOC’s FREE

Redefine Big Data – Platform Analytics

  • Academic Platform data flows (across learn, collaborate, connect, others using IMS Caliper Standard
  • Learner should also consume report data.  Recent Activity comes with tip telling them where they are falling short, how they are doing compared to their peers.  Wow!!
  • Instructor view graphs of student performance and compare to other students.

Blackboard is more than just an LMS.

BbWorld Session Blog: Trends in Online Learning

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Jason Rhode Director of Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center – Northern Illinois University
Melissa Stange System Application Administrator Shenandoah University
Karen Yoshino, Principal Strategist, Blackboard Conuslting

Session explores how the use of collaboration tools, mobility, and more will be changed by shifts in student demands and the fight to attract and retain students.


  • Student Expectations
  • About Our Presenters
  • Review Trends in Online Learning Report
  • What’s Next
  • More Info

Context –

Definition of Student is changing.  Non-traditional students are about 85% o learners int the US.  Old student journey linear pathway with few choices.  New pathway is “swirling”  (1/3 of students transfer between students) average student has credits from 2.3 institutions.

Now they are Post-Traditional learners:  Attend multiple institutions, listen to peers, pursue skills and competencies, like to interact with services via apps and not websites.  Consumers of Data/Info, Goal is Job placement.

Trends – Report

  • Conducted in 2014 Feb, (survey)
  • 200 Participants
  • voluntary participants 100%

Where are you today in offering courses online? – 88% have courses online of those who do not already, half intend to have courses online.

How many Courses Currently use a blended learning model? – half the institutions surveyed are using a blended model for at least 25% of their courses.  22% offer more than half their courses in-class and online.

What Annual Growth in online programs do you forecast? Most responders expect growth in their online learning programs (59%)

What are the goals that drive investment in online programs? – 79% Ability to attract new/different students, 67% – Increase Revenue, 62% – Improve Retention, 60% – Better engaged students, 57% – Improve learning Outcomes, 17% – Other

What is holding you back from growing your online programs?  Growth of online programs will depend on improved online strategies and faculty support of putting courses online.  (35% said nothing is holding them back, but 33% stated lack of coherent strategy).  Faculty Resistance, lack of funds, lack of talent/resources, technology programs and chaos are other obstacles.

What Challenges are you facing regarding online learning? – Gauging impact on retention and engagement 52%, Faculty skepticism is a top challenge 51%, Ensuring level of academic Challenge 44%, Measuring faculty/student interaction 41%, Developing benchmarks for success 39%, Lack of Resources 39%, Assessing active and collaborative learning results %39, not viewed as budget priority 19%.

What Trends do you see in how your faculty is putting their content online? – Increased faculty content development is driving growth. Develop their own content – 84%, Use captured lectures -43%, use open content – 34%, license commercial content – 26%, contract with 3rd party vendor – 19%, other – 5%

How do you think Most of your faculty are using your organization’s LMS? – 94% – Posting course content, 74% Grading, 67% Engaging students, 60% Assessment, Reviewing course/student analytics 24%

What features in an LMS system are most sought or valued by users? – LMS functionalities with the highest value: ease of posting -80%, and grading workflow ease of use -67%, Having Mobile Access – 55%, Integration w/other Systems -55%, Analytic tools embedded in system – $1%, Social tools embedded in the system %29

What Collaboration and/or communication tools are you currently using in the classroom?  90% – email 81% – LMS 57% – Lecture Capture, 55% – Social Media 52% Video Conferencing 45% – Mobile Apps 40% – Web Conferencing $31% – texting

How do you foster a sense of connection an community across student population. 52% – Electronic Newsletters, 46% – Targeted Facebook pages, 39% – Webcasts,

How important are strong online programs to attracting and retaining students?  Critical – 34%, Very Important – 30%, Important – 14%, not very important – 12%, unimportant – 6%.

What would be the primary advantage to your college having more robust online offerings?  Attract more non-traditional online students – 71%, Expand geographical presence – 62%, improve student retention – 42%, academic quality improvement – 36%, reduce costs – 28%, greater communication across departments – 19%

Next steps? – Shenandoah University

  • More hybrid and blended courses to meet student needs
  • Continuation of articulation agreements
  • Develop & Deliver online courses in specific fields to meet national recommendations
  • Focus on online 7 Hybrid course quality
  • faculty training & support
  • Infrastructure improvements

Next Steps? Northern Illinois

  • New niche programs
  • attract new students, increase revenue, improve retention
  • Coherent online strategy
  • investment in central support infrastructure.
  • focus on student career success
  • articulation agreements
  • mix of online and blended/hybrid programs
  • Accelerated courses – 8 week
  • Faculty content development
  • Ongoing faculty training & support



BbWorld14 Session Blog: Desiging Equivalent Instructional Learning Activities for Fully Online Courses

Murano 3304
Michelle Simms | Director of Instructional Technology, Gwynedd Mercy University

Learn how to make online activities engaging, fun, collaborative, authentic and as close to actually “being there” as possible.  Sessions looks at how Gwynedd Mercy University is building its fully online programs in Blackboard and designing EIAs (Equivalent Instructional Learning Activities) that really get the students motivational juices going.

Gwynedd Challenges:

  • Requires demonstration and documentation of 42 contact contact hour equivalent instructional activities and 14 hours of seat time per 3 credit hour course.
  • Gwynedd reputation is high-quality – how to transfer reputation to online programs.


  • How to design accelerated programs (7 weeks) to be just as effective.
  • How to best leverage learning technolgies to offer meaningful and rigorous content that takes full advantage of technology.

ERIC Online Activities

E – Engaging
R – Relevant
I – Interactive
C – Collaborative

*Use list of accompanying technology for instructional equivalent activites.  A list of matching instructional activities and complementary technology.

Example Class – Tech Applications for Educators – Master Teacher Program

Seven Week Course week Weeks content area and each week has its own folder (module).  Modules are outlined in each week folder and it is aligned to course objective.  Each Module includes resources and activities, supplemental resources and activities and assignments.

Based on EIA list, this course emphasized three popular Conceptual Frameworks:

  • Bloom’s Revised Taonomies
  • TPACK – Technology, pedagogy and content knowledge.
  • SAMR – Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition


  • Web based learning resources include: Wordles, audacity, infographics, prezi, pedagogy wheel, glgosters, powtoon, goanimate, embedded twitter, feed, padlet etc..
  • IceBreakers – (Student Bios and Riddles)  – Introduce yourself and solve a riddle.  Twelve pears hanging high twelve men came riding by, Each took a pear, and left eleven hanging there. How did they do it?
  • Pre/Post Quizzes – Establish a baseline and provide a way to see how far they have come.
  • Extended Journals & Blogs – Students posted their personal teaching reflections blogs and turned their posts into wordles.  (Search- 50 Interesting Ways to Use Wordle in the Classroom) – Go beyond
  • Weekly Animated lectures – Audacity, Powtoon, and Vimeo introduce each week’s topics.
  • Incorporate Bloom’s Revised Taxonomies – and an -ING.  (Creating, Evaluating, Analyzing, Applying, Understanding, Remembering.
  • Students explore the differences between revised taxonomies and original and how it would impact 21st century teaching and learning.

    Bitstrips for Schools (has subscription fee) – Comic Strip Generator (Activity)

  • Collaborate in Group Wiki Debates – In this activity, students use the Bb Wiki tool to debate which learning theory has had the most impact in the last 100 years.  (Team Constructivism, Team Objectivism, Team Cognitivism etc..)  (pre build areas in wiki to place team info and then comment on each team’s place for debate.  Another – Should cursive writing still be taught in schools?
  • Design Collaborative Script Writing – Bloomin Apps (Goggle earth, Google Maps, Google Translate, Google Lit trips (marry google earth/google maps and story telling), You Tube, Google Calendar  Assignment was to create a script writing project in teams using tools.
  • Use wiki or google docs on collaborative story telling.

Look at “Padagogy Wheel”.

Other Activities:

  • Building padlet walls (like pintrest
  • Creating WebQuests – (Students “interviewed” any historical figure asking three qeustions about their thoughts on the 21st century education by researching works, biography.  Answer from figures point of view and cite.
  • PBL Case Studies
  • Live Twitter Feed embedded in course
  • Build own assessment tools using Bloom’s chart.

BbWorld14 Keynote Blog: Joi Ito

Joi Ito
Technology Visionary
Director of MIT Media Lab

Joi provides his perspective on what new technologies are just over the horizon and how that they will affect the way eduation is delivered and received.

JOI – dropped out of college three times and got kicked out of kindergarten.  He now convinces

Learning is What you to do yourself and education is what others do to you.

World is divided into 2 phases: BI (Before Internet) and AI (After Internet)

Internet is not a technology it is a philosophy.  Internet is about Best Effort!

Low-cost networks and computing = Low cost of Innovation

Telephone companies in Japan and France tried to build internet from scratch costing billions of dollars.  When interent happened (Google Yahoo, Facebook) Students who didn’t raise money to put it together, they just did it.  The only time they had to hire an MBA was when they figured out the business model.

AI (after internet)- permission-less innovation system

Safecast – nonprofit used cognitive surplus (hodge-podge of experts and volunteers) Put together after fukishima.  Mobile Geiger counters  (20 Million Data points)  All open data, it is an app.  The Government only has 20 thousand data points.  The citizens succeeded where the government failed.

Students using internet to fund innovation development costs!

Designing what is cheap, simple and functional – Innovation.  Paradigm shift – making hardware look and feel a lot more like software.

Synthetic Biology – To program cells to become cellular factories, sensors.

Sorona – DuPonts -takes sugar and turns it into Polyester
Moore’s Law for Silicon  – getting cheaper and cheaper from design to Fabrication to working Chip to product.

Cost of sequencing genes is going down about 4 times faster than Moore’s law.

We will be giving our kids recombinant biology DNA kits.

Are we trying to prepare our kids for a day when they are on top of a mountain with no signal trying to solve a math problem with pencil.

Brain Activity during class  – less active than when students relax.

Creative learning is about projects, peers, passion and play.  Learn with PBL, when you teach (interact with peers), learn because you the energy to learn about something (passion), Life long learning – play.

When you get many people together they start creating their own classes within the big class.  Perfect example of interest base learning.

Connected Learning:

Surrounded by places you can learn: peer groups, social media, interests, community organizations etc…  How do you connect things that happen in school and out of school, online or in the real world, kids & adults.

Interests, Peer Culture, Opportunities: Production Centered, Shared Purpose, Openly Networked

Antidisciplinary – You can’t fit in a discipline.  Space between disciplines is bigger than space in disciplines.

Design – Form follow function – but look at iPhone (Steve Jobs had to make a leap)

We all need to be artists, scientist, designers and engineers.

When your mission is passion and project driven you do what you need to do to get it done!


Practice Over Theory – don’t let lack of theory get in the way of trying things.
Resilience Over Strength
Systems over objects
Compasses over Maps
Disobedience over Compliance – you don’t get a nobel prize for doing what you are told!
Pull over Push –
Emergence over authority
Risk over Safety
Learning over education


BbWorld14 Session Blog – Be A Better Online Teacher

Paul Beaudoin PhD
Online Education Specialist
Murano 3304

Dr. Paul Beaudoin shares five key classroom tested strategies to help improve teaching efficacy and enhance the classroom experience for the learner.

“Upgrade your online experiences with zero financial cost”

“Where’s the Rubric?”  – Quality Matters Rubric or Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Rubric

5 Strategies:

  1. Maximize Your Digital Savvy

    Know your LMS – find out what tools are available to you (native & third party)
    Know what your text editor can do!  Format text and fonts, use hyperlinks, emoticons, webcam videos, tables attachments.
    Find other tools to use as well – Timetoast (timelines), Jing, Voki, GO2Web2.0(.net) [list of tools]

  2. Be an Active and Engaged Participant –

    Participate – What you do will be emulated and modeled by your learners
    Wiki class study guide.  Play Devil’s advocate
    Utilize User Activity inside content areas report tool.

  3. Reinvent your Wheel!

    What you do face to face isn’t always easy to do online (rethink)
    Use Wordle to help focus vocabulary building in your class (have students create them)  Transfer notes into wordle to emphasize what words are popping up over and over.
    Role play online  (ToonDoo cartoon)  (what one word would you use to describe this class – scenario)
    Use Twitter – Tweet the Crusades, Romeo & Juliet on Twitter

  4. Include Your Learners in the Process

    Make students feel like they are contributing to the process:
    Google Docs (surveys, forms, group documents)
    Make a commitment right at the beginning of glass on a DB as a public statement
    Create study guides – Study Blue
    Surveys (Formative, summative) to “Course Correct” along the way.

  5. Reassess Assessment

    Take the anxiety out of testing.  Testing Strategies that are low-stakes, medium-stakes & high-stakes
    Puzzles!  Crossword and Jigsaw Puzzles – great for building learner confidence (Bonus Points)
    Consider using questions that involve media (pictures, audio, video)
    Consider mind mapping tools like mind-mup.
    Have learners create infographics using tools like glogster.
    Making a Movie/Podcast Digital Storytelling FTW!  (Even use Vine)

Yup, It’s Okay to Fail!  Failure will allow you to build on the next endeavor!



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