July 2017 | Instructor & Course Designer Newsletter

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    Instructor & Course Designer Newsletter                             
                                         July, 2017                             
                                 LET’S CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS!                     
    Announcing Winners of 2017 Catalyst Awards

    Blackboard is proud to recognize this year’s Catalyst Award winners for their commitment to leveraging technology to improve the education experience. Congratulations to winners in eight (8) different categories who will be recognized during BbWorld 2017 to be held July 25-27 in New Orleans!

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    Powering Collaboration and Productivity with Dropbox and Blackboard
    Thursday, July 13, 2:00-3:00pm EDT
    Featured speakers: Jason Katcher, Head of Education, Dropbox & Carolyn Ponce, Blackboard Administrator, Arkansas State University
    Learn how faculty and staff can easily collaborate and manage Dropbox content from within Blackboard Learn, without compromising security and control. Also hear directly from Arkansas State University about how they deployed the Dropbox integration for Blackboard Learn to extend their technology investments and increase the productivity of faculty and staff.

    Best of BbWorld 2017 Webinar Series
    Coming August - September
    We will be at BbWorld hand-selecting exciting sessions for you to attend again, or take in if you missed them!

    Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS)
    Coming August - November
    We are finalizing details, but you can save your seat now!


                                 TIPS, TRICKS AND UPDATES                     
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    Overview of what’s new in  Blackboard Learn                                               
    Newest features and enhancements for Blackboard Learn 9.1. Areas of increased functionality include:                                                    
    • Efficiency and ease of use
    • User experience (mobility and accessibility)
    • Assessment and grading
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    Blackboard Instructor Mobile App Launching Soon
    This month, we are launching our new Blackboard Instructor app that gives you a simple and intuitive way to manage your courses, interact with students, and view content. You will love how it saves you time and amplifies student engagement. Stay up-to-date by signing up for Blackboard Instructor announcements.


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    Moodlerooms 3.2 new release
    This new version of Moodlerooms includes new features and updates that focus on improving teaching and learning experiences, as well as new integrations that help create truly inclusive content.


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    Top analytics issues facing higher education in 2017
    Timothy D. Harfield, Blackboard Analytics
    What are the most important educational data issues facing our customers, and by extension the higher education community at large? Based on accepted presentations for the analytics track at BbWorld, four major themes emerge.


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    Improve your online instruction skill-set!
    Training gives you the skills needed to provide engaging courses for students. Better courses mean improved student success! 20% discount now through September 15, 2017 on specific Learn and Collaborate training. Include the code BBWORLD17 for the discount at registration.

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    Hot off the press! Accessibility Checklist
    Quick-start reference to creating more accessible course content.
    Get your checklist

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    BbWorld 2017  - For Higher-Ed Faculty
    July 27, 2017 | Streaming Online
    Keynote speaker: Dr. Temple Grandin
    Can’t make it to BbWorld? Join us online from the comfort of your home or favorite cafe for a day of insightful best practices and professional development - coming to you LIVE from the event in New Orleans!
    Sign-up today                                                                                                
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    Blackboard Achieves AWS Education Competency Status
    Blackboard recently announced it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Education Competency status. This designation recognizes that Blackboard has demonstrated technical proficiency and success building cloud-hosted educational solutions for clients.
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