September 2017 | Instructor & Course Designer Newsletter

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Instructor & Course Designer Newsletter                               
                                     September, 2017                               
LET’S CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS!                       
                                                        Coppin State University (CSU) Wins                                                  
Coppin State University (CSU) Wins Blackboard Catalyst Award for Student Success

CSU has been honored for their creative program application which has led to increased retention, increased completion, and improved outcomes. Congratulations!

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                                                        Coppin State University (CSU) Wins                                                  
Northern Illinois University (NIU) Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center receive Blackboard Catalyst Award

NIU has been honored for their practices and technologies that have had a measurable effect on learning outcomes, student performance, and academic progression. Congratulations!                                                      

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[BITS] How to effectively communicate with students using social media
September 14 | 1:00 pm EDT
Speaker: T. Marcus Christian, MFA, Instructional Designer, Liberty University (VA)
Today’s students are always connected to their social media accounts. Join us to learn some great tips and best practices to embrace social media in teaching and learning.


Exemplary Course Cohort 
September 19 & 26 and October 3 & 10 | 3:00 pm EDT
Speakers: Catherine Barber, University of St. Thomas (TX); Han Nee Chong, Hawaii Pacific University; Torria Davis, California Baptist University;  Jason Kane, Schoolcraft College (MI); Carey Smouse, Blackboard; and Misty Cobb, Blackboard
Over the course of four weeks, course design experts will expand upon each main element of the Exemplary Course Rubric and Exemplary Course Winners will provide course tours.


Practice what we teach: Using learning analytics for faculty development
September 20 | 1:00PM EDT
Speaker: Dr. Molly Mead, Instructional Designer, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Learn how the university is using LMS data to determine the effectiveness of their training model for faculty teaching online.

[BITS] Blackboard Retention Center: Educators’ tool for identifying and motivating at-risk students
September 28 | 3:00 pm EDT
Speakers: Cigdem Sirin, Associate Professor and Cyndi Castro, Blackboard System Administrator, both from University of Texas at El Paso
Learn strategies on how to effectively use the Retention Center in a time-efficient and innovative manner across different course settings.


Q3 Teaching & Learning Roadmap Webinar
September | 4 different opportunities
Speakers: Blackboard product management leaders
Hear updates on the vision and roadmap for Blackboard Learn (including the Original experience / 9.1 and the Ultra experience), Blackboard Collaborate, and our mobile apps (the Blackboard app for students and the new Blackboard Instructor app).


Try the New Blackboard Instructor App
Blackboard Instructor is our brand-new app that gives you a simple and intuitive way to manage your courses, interact with students, and preview content. Blackboard Instructor can help you save time, quickly complete tasks, and amplify student engagement. Download Blackboard Instructor today from the Apple App or Google Play store.


Increasing student success and instructor efficiency at Winston-Salem State University
On-demand recorded session | Watch at your convenience
Featured speaker: Manju Bhat, M.V.Sc., Ph.D., Co-Chair, Department of Biological Sciences & Associate Professor of Physiology, Winston-Salem State University
Learn best practices for course building using the McGraw-Hill Connect integration for Blackboard Learn and how this integrated solution is helping increase student engagement and improve instructor work efficiencies across the WSSU campus.


Improving Student Engagement and Instructor Work Efficiencies with the Cengage MindTap Integration in Blackboard Learn
On-demand recorded session | Watch at your convenience
Featured speaker: Jenny Billings, Chair of Academically Related Study Skills, English, and Developmental Reading and English, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Demonstrated from an actual class in Blackboard, you will see how content has been customized and centralized, multiple portals and log-ins are a thing of the past, and how automatic grade flow is now the norm. You will also learn the benefits of the inclusive access model and the positive results of improved pass rates.


TIPS, TRICKS AND UPDATES                       
                                                        Blackboard Exemplary Course Cohort Program                                                  
Join the Exemplary Course Cohort Program!                                                      
Review the Exemplary Course Rubric. Learn tips and best practices from course design experts. Tour winning courses. 4-part webinar series starts September 19.

[Faculty Focus] Classroom Management of an Online First-Year Experience Course
By Kristi Garrett, PhD, Director of Instructional Design, Atlanta Technical College
Observations and recommendations regarding the things faculty can do to enhance the online learning experience for their students.


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Future Forward: The Next Twenty Years of Higher Education
By Blackboard
Based on in-depth interviews with 13 U.S. higher education thought leaders, this white paper is being released in conjunction with Blackboard's 20th anniversary.


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Do notifications get noticed? New study finds that embedded alerts to students promote action at high rates
By John Whitmer, Daniel Nasiatka, and Timothy Harfield, Blackboard
Research from Blackboard finds that students interact with LMS notifications at high rates, are interested in their performance relative to others, and like hearing that they are doing well.


Read the article




Why should you work with Macmillan Learning?
Macmillan Learning partners with Blackboard to provide LaunchPad content within Learn (LMS). Why is that important? Macmillan offers unparalleled content and superior customer service. We work with you to ensure your course is designed with fabulous content.


Learn more


The challenge of making education accessible to all
By E-Learn Magazine, Blackboard Inc.
Although accessibility awareness is growing, putting theory into practice can be a tough endeavor for educational institutions around the globe. To better understand the challenges of making education accessible to all students, E-Learn interviewed speakers from Blackboard’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day webinar series.


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Last chance for the discount!
Take advantage of our summer discount before it expires! Get 20% off our most popular Learn and Collaborate faculty training programs before September 15 & take the course later. Use the discount code BBWORLD17. 


Register here


Winston-Salem State University enlivens instruction with engaging integrated content
Learn how the university has improved student engagement and increased efficiencies by providing a single point of access for courses, content, and learning tools through the McGraw-Hill Connect integration for Blackboard Learn.


Read the case study

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                                                        Join a community program                                                  
Join these online Blackboard Communities to connect, share, and learn with your peers

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
October 16-19 | Toronto, Canada
World Conference on Online Learning. Stop by our booth -- We’d love to visit with you.


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WCET 29th Annual Meeting
October 25-27 | Denver, CO
Will you be there? Stop by our booth and say, "Hi!"


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EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
October 31-November 3 | Philadelphia, PA
We hope to see you there! We’ll be waiting in our booth to see you.


More information

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New Bb App
[edscoop] Digital learning leaders forecast the future of higher education
By Emily Tate, Reporter
In a new report from Blackboard, 13 college experts detail what has changed in higher education in the last 20 years and what’s in store for the next 20.
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[prweb] WCET’s Executive Director Among Thought Leaders Featured in New White Paper on the Future of Higher Education
Press release
Mike Abbiatti, WCET’s Executive Director, reflects on the possibilities and challenges of the next 20 years in education technology.
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