Instructor & Course Designer Newsletter
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The Blackboard Catalyst Awards are back
Founded in 2005, the Blackboard Catalyst Awards recognize and honor innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where millions of educators and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology. Accepting submissions until May 5, 2017.
[BITS Lunch 'N Learn] 5 tips for running successful breakout groups in Blackboard Collaborate
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
Featured speaker: Michael DiFonzo, Instructional Designer & Training, SUNY Buffalo State
Learn how to use gamification techniques such as scoring levels and achievement badges to motivate your students.
[BITS Lunch 'N Learn] Universal design for learning and ReadSpeaker
Featured speakers: Paul Stisser, Business Development, ReadSpeaker and Tricia Ritschel-Trifilo, Ph.D., Director of WBU Online, Wayland Baptist University
Discover how ReadSpeaker as a Universal Design for Learning feature helped create an inclusive and more accessible classroom within Blackboard Learn.
Tips, tricks, and updates
Educator resources list
We know you have busy schedules. To help you successfully utilize your Blackboard technology to increase student engagement, save you time, and improve student performance, we offer many resources, events, and training opportunities.Get your copy
|•||Become Blackboard Learn (original) certified|
Maximize your online teaching and learning skill set. The courses are streamlined and certification is available in six weeks. Some certification benefits you can expect are:
Discover more details:
- Boost student engagement
- Improve course quality
- Increase your comfort with Blackboard technology
|•||Earn CEUs with Blackboard Collaborate certification|
We’ve partnered with Virginia Commonwealth University to provide two CEU credits when you complete Collaborate Web Conferencing Certification. This is an optional offering and instructions for obtaining credits will be provided in the course. Your takeaways:
- Develop a comprehensive set of skills
- Receive continued professional growth and development
- Earn CEUs that can be used for education recertification
|•||Is your course exemplary?|
Find out! Get started with the Exemplary Course Program Rubric, submit your course for peer review, volunteer to be a course reviewer, or preview the work of previous award winners to get fresh ideas.
|•||Guide: Best practices for mobile-friendly courses |
Mobile learning lets students benefit from interacting with their course content on the devices they use to connect with every other aspect of their lives. This guide shares best practices to create mobile-friendly course material to improve your students' engagement and participation.
Download your copy
|•||Blackboard Partnerships: New free resources from NBC Learn|
Human water cycle This series examines the tight connections between water, food, and energy and how our increasing need for these resources is forcing us to rethink how we manage and use our water supply. Click here for the videos.
Chronicles of courage: Stories of wartime and innovation This series highlights the innovation behind some of the most legendary planes of World War II with first person accounts by veteran pilots from the United States, Britain, Germany, the Soviet Union, and Japan. Click here for the videos.
For more information about Blackboard's partnership integration with NBC Learn contact us here.
Opportunities to network
BbWorld is where great minds in education come together to exchange ideas, share best practices, and address today’s toughest educational challenges. Join us for three days of informative sessions and non-stop networking. Early bird pricing ends April 21!
Are you attending this conference? If so, we’d love to see you - stop by at booth 41/42.
Concerned about accessibility? Join us for a moderated discussion Friday, April 7, 9:45 am to 10:30 am in Poydras on the 3rd floor.
USDLA 2017 National Conference
Are you attending this conference? If so, we’d love to see you at our booth!
Blackboard employees donate 2,000 books to local schools
Employees in Killeen, TX delivered books to pre-kindergarten through fifth-graders at Iduma Elementary School and Willow Springs Elementary School, handing out 1,000 books at each site. Blackboard raised the money to purchase the books through a non-profit effort called First Books.
Read more on Killeen ISD's website
Mike Sharkey 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 will be the inaugural chair of the steering committee.
Read the full press release
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