June 2017 | Instructor & Course Designer Newsletter

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    LET’S CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS!                     
                                                            Best Online Colleges 2016-2017                                                
    Best online colleges for 2016-2017

    Congratulations to Blackboard Intelligence customers Drexel University and Concordia University-Wisconsin who ranked in the top five online colleges in the US.

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    4 community college leaders to watch in 2017 and beyond
    Congratulations to three Blackboard customers in this prestigious group:                                                  
    • Jackson Sasser, President, Santa Fe College (FL)
    • Charlene Dukes, President, Prince George’s Community College (MD)
    • Maria Harper-Marinick, President, Maricopa Community Colleges (AZ)

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    Teaching & Learning Roadmap Series
    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 2:00pm ET
    We invite you to join our product management leaders to hear about what’s coming to Blackboard Learn (including the Original experience / 9.1 and the Ultra experience), Blackboard Collaborate, and our mobile apps (Bb Student and Bb Instructor).
    Register today                            


    Higher Ed Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS)
    View past sessions on-demand
    We are taking a BITS break during June & July - enjoy your summer break. But you can continue your professional development by viewing past sessions at your convenience! Here are just a few of the topics to choose from:                                                                
    • Tips on how to create a mobile friendly course
    • Teach online? You need the list of 17 course best practices
    • Tips to personalizing online learning for students
    • Accessibility with Blackboard
    View archived webinars                            


    BbWorld LIVE Registration Now Open
    Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CT
    Unable to attend BbWorld this year? Well, don’t worry - we have a live streaming day dedicated to you! Join us for insightful and innovative best practices for educators, coming to you LIVE from the event in New Orleans.
    Register today                            
    TIPS, TRICKS AND UPDATES                     
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    Student-facing learning analytics and self-regulated learning: Check My Activity (CMA) at UMBC                                                     
    John Fritz, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Instructional Technology and New Media at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)


    What if we could use learning analytics to not just increase student performance, but also cultivate a strong sense of personal responsibility for learning? UMBC developed a tool - Check My Activity (CMA) - that allows learners to compare their own level of activity in Blackboard Learn LMS.
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    New educational video series available from NBC Learn
    NBC Learn, Vulcan Productions, and the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (FHCAM) have launched the second installment of “Chronicles of Courage: Stories of Wartime and Innovation,” featuring 10 new episodes highlighting WWII aircraft such as the Bf 109, Spitfire, and others that have been meticulously restored to their original flying condition by FHCAM, a premier aviation collection from philanthropist Paul G. Allen.


    View the video collection




    Educator Field Guide - Please share with your colleagues
    We invite you and your peers to take our 2-minute quiz to accurately identify your level of Blackboard Learn awareness and receive a comprehensive field guide, tailored to help you develop new skills. Enjoy!


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    How E-Learning is being used in veterinary training at Texas A&M
    Timothy Ponder, Instructional Technologist and Dr. Jordan Tayce, Instructional Designer, at the College of Veterinary Medicine (TAMU)
    Discover how the Center for Educational Technologies (CET) at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences works with faculty to develop means of integrating E-Learning into their curriculum.


    Read on E-Learn




    Putting learning analytics data in the hands of students
    Timothy Harfield, Ph.D., Analytics Product Manager, Blackboard
    Recent research from Blackboard’s data science team and our partners is showing strong evidence that providing learners with relevant analytics can increase their performance by fostering self-regulated learning, particularly among otherwise low-performing students.


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    Change is the biggest difficulty for institutions when implementing a CBE program
    Interview with Karen Yoshino, PhD, Principal Analyst, Blackboard
    Traditional education has been screaming for a change. Technology has changed society, people, and industries – including higher education. People have realized there are new and better ways to learn.  Companies want people who are good at what they do.  CBE may be a way to achieve both.
    Read on E-Learn


    Make your content more accessible and engaging with ReadSpeaker
    The new ReadSpeaker webReader goes further into enabling learners to control how they want to listen to and read course content. New tools include read on hover, simple textview, word lookup, and page mask capacities for a more complete learning experience.
    Learn more


    Share your thoughts with Sharp
    Technology trends continue to evolve in educational institutions, and our Signature partner Sharp is eager to not only keep up with those trends, but also help others meet the needs of teachers and students alike. To help in this effort, Sharp has put together some questions about the technology trends in your school. Please take a minute to fill out their survey.
    Take the survey

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                                                            Mae Jemison, Former Nasa Astronaut                                                
    BbWorld 2017  - Exciting keynote speaker announcement
    July 25-27, 2017 | New Orleans, LA


    Mae Jemison, Former NASA astronaut, engineer, physician & education advocate


    World-renowned for becoming the first woman of color to go into space when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, Dr. Jemison is also an icon of the women's rights and civil rights movements. She has since dedicated her life to advocating science literacy and its integration with the art.
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    MoodleMoot hosted by BbWorld 17
    July 25-27, 2017 | New Orleans, LA


    This year, we are proud to announce that the New Orleans MoodleMoot will be hosted in tandem with BbWorld! Join us and like-minded Moodlers from around the world to collaborate and share your own Moodle story.
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    Certified Trainer Program
    June 21 to July 24 | Register by June 14


    The Blackboard Certified Trainer Program is a collaborative learning experience designed to give professionals who are tasked with training and support an in depth look at how to train effectively. This course has both online and onsite components. Kickoff call will take place June 21.
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                                                            Blackboard announces accessibility solution for major LMS platforms                                                
    [EdScoop] Blackboard announces accessibility solution for major LMS platforms
    Students may now have more accessibility options for course content thanks to Blackboard Ally, a content accessibility solution that will soon be available for use with major learning management systems.
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                                                          Blackboard Updates Learn with Accessibility, Mobile Features                                                
    [Campus Technology] Blackboard Updates Learn with Accessibility, Mobile Features
    Blackboard has rolled out a variety of updates to Blackboard Learn, the company's flagship learning management system.
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                                                          Blackboard's Latest Venture? A New Community Hackathon Contest                                                
    [DCInno] Blackboard's Latest Venture? A New Community Hackathon Contest
    Blackboard announced it will host the first round of its inaugural "Hackboard" Hackathon online through June 19. The idea is to curate ideas from developers and college students in the United States for a unique, user-friendly, and impactful application to integrate in Blackboard's LMS.
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