May 2017 | Instructor & Course Designer Newsletter

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    Instructor & Course Designer Newsletter
    May, 2017
                                                          Blackboard Catalyst Award
    Last Call for Nominations - 2017 Blackboard Catalyst Awards
    Awards in the following categories:
    • Leading Change
    • Community Engagement
    • Teaching & Learning
    • Inclusive Education
    • Optimizing the Student Experience
    • Professional Development
    • Student Success
    Deadline for submissions is May 8, 2017.                                                     
    [BITS Lunch ‘N Learn] Universal Design for Learning and ReadSpeaker
    Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm EDT
    Featured Speakers: Tricia Ritschel-Trifilo, Ph.D., Director of Wayland Baptist University Online and Paul Stisser, Business Development, ReadSpeaker


    Discover how ReadSpeaker as a Universal Design for Learning feature helped create an inclusive and more accessible classroom within Blackboard Learn.
    [BITS] Accessibility at Blackboard
    Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm EDT
    Featured Speakers: Scott Ready, Principal Strategist for Accessibility and Nicolaas Matthijs, Ally Product Manager


    Understanding that a digital accessibility program encompasses so much more than technology, we approach accessibility by looking at the platforms, the content going into client courses, and consultation opportunities to help you better understand accessibility across the entire student experience.
    [BITS Lunch ‘N Learn] 5 Tips for Running Successful Breakout Groups in Blackboard Collaborate
    On-Demand Access
    Featured Speaker:  Juan Moran, Solutions Engineer, Blackboard Inc.


    Breakout groups promote collaboration, group work, and discovery learning - the key to success is how you manage them.
    [BITS] Gamifying Your Course Using Achievement Badges
    On-Demand Access
    Featured Speaker: Michael DiFonzo, Instructional Designer & Training, SUNY Buffalo State


    Learn how you can utilize the Blackboard Achievement Badges in only a few simple steps.
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    Are you getting the most out of your teaching and learning journey?
    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 and address your specific teaching and learning needs.
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    Help Site Updates - For instructors and students
    Blackboard upgraded the help site ( to a new system in March. Discover how to update your “old” Learn help links and find the new Learn help links. Plus, there is a list of updated URLs for the 30 most visited Learn and Collaborate help topics for instructors and students.

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    Using analytics to track non-attending students at California Baptist University
    Using Blackboard Analytics for Learn, California Baptist University has vastly improved the efficiency and accuracy of the tracking process and eliminated several obstacles, including PDF sign-in sheets and meager faculty response.

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    Client Spotlight: How WSSU is enlivening instruction with McGraw-Hill Connect
    Keeping students engaged in learning is an age-old challenge. Professor Manju Bhat and his colleagues at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) have found a compelling solution that is improving student engagement and performance: McGraw-Hill Connect integrated with Blackboard Learn.

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    Blackboard Collaborate - April Release 
    Educators can now get a better feel for their virtual classroom to understand how students are reacting to course content with real-time feedback. With the April release of Collaborate, participants can change their status to show their reaction to what is being presented. Feedback appears with a participant’s avatar on the main stage, in the Participant panel, and in Chat.

    View April release notes
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    BbWorld 2017
    July 25-27, 2017 | New Orleans, LA
    Exciting announcement! Lifelong educator Dr. Jill Biden to open BbWorld 2017. Join us at BbWorld to hear from Dr. Biden and her unique perspective on education.
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    Dr. Jill Biden to Address Annual Gathering of Education Leaders at BbWorld 2017
    The Former Second Lady of the U.S and longtime educator will deliver a keynote at Blackboard's annual edtech conference, July 25-27 in New Orleans.


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    Blackboard Predict Ranked "High" in New Report
    Blackboard Predict, our leading predictive learning analytics solution, recently received a "High" ranking in all five key criteria of the Eduventures Analytics Market Overview.


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    Blackboard Analytics VP named inaugural chair of the product steering committee for IMS Caliper
    To support the future evolution of Caliper, IMS Global is organizing a new executive Product Steering Committee to facilitate market feedback and guide the market requirements for Caliper going forward. Mike Sharkey of Blackboard, formerly with Blue Canary and University of Phoenix, will be the inaugural chair of the steering committee.


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    Blackboard and Kaltura are Learning Platform Innovations finalists for 2017 Learning Impact Awards
    Blackboard and Kaltura recently collaborated to create integrated student-facing dashboards using the IMS Caliper Learning Analytics interoperability standard.  Public voting is now open.


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