March 2017 | Instructor & Course Designer Newsletter

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Instructor & Course Designer Newsletter
March, 2017
How do you ensure student success?
Bill Ballhaus - President & CEO, Blackboard
Penn State’s top-rated online programs aim to stay on top
By Rick Shearer, Director of World Campus Learning Design, Penn State
“Enabling our students to work together through various channels provides a deeper level of engagement in the learning process.”
Higher Ed news

[Inside Higher Ed] Professors and politics: What the research says
By Scott Jaschik
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[EdSurge News] What students want their professors to know about edtech
By Jeffrey R. Young
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[Inside Higher Ed] Are great teachers poor scholars?
By David N. Figlio and Morton Schapiro
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Tips, tricks, and updates
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Chronicle of Higher Education research: Instructional Designers in Higher Ed
Designed with the learner in mind, Blackboard Collaborate delivers a level of engagement that makes students forget they’re not in a physical classroom. Collaborate is also designed in accordance with WCAG Guidelines 2.0 Level AA and Section 508 standards in the U.S. and always verified by a 3rd party.
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Blackboard’s 3 Part Approach to Accessibility
By Scott Ready, Blackboard Inc.


Committed to continuing our work with institutions to create inclusive education experiences for everyone, Blackboard’s approach is built upon 3 main pillars: platforms, content, and consultation.


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Have you tried the Ultra experience for Learn lately?
The Ultra experience is a new way to experience Learn that will save you time and make it easier for you to accomplish your everyday tasks. We have been regularly adding new capabilities to the Ultra experience and encourage you to check out the latest today.


Try it out

Moodlerooms 3.1 release
This release is packed with many features that will improve your courses, such as full support for Competency Based Education (CBE), an improved interface and user experience, easier retrieval of deleted files, and enhancements to several activities such as assignments grading, forums, and lessons.


Check out all the release updates and a short video

Blackboard Collaborate
We’ve been listening to your feedback as we build new features and functionality in Collaborate and we’re happy to announce chat messages are now included in recordings.  All you have to do is open the chat panel and you can see the complete chat history of the recorded session. As the recording plays, the chat messages are highlighted at the exact moment they were posted so you can easily follow the conversation.


Learn more here

Blackboard news
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World Affairs Council
Sharp’s Multifunction Printer (MFP) Assignment Submission Building Block for Blackboard Learn is now available

Give students an easy and efficient way to submit handwritten assignments with the Sharp MFP Assignment Submission building block for Blackboard Learn. Ask your Blackboard System Administrator about installing the Sharp MFP Assignment Submission Building Block today.

Learn more about Sharp’s education-focused solutions

Events and webinars
BbWorld 2017
July 25-27, 2017 | New Orleans, LA
Attend BbWorld 2017, where the greatest minds in education meet to exchange ideas, share best practices, and address today’s toughest challenges. Join us for three days of informative sessions and non-stop networking.
[Higher Ed BITS] How to create a mobile friendly course
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm Eastern
Guest presenters, Lisa Clark and Carey Smouse, Sr. Customer Success Advocates, Blackboard Inc.
[Higher Ed BITS] 3 tips to personalize online learning for students
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm Eastern
Guest presenter, Brian Morgan, Chair and Associate Professor, Marshall University
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