Preparing for Bb Upgrade July 6/7/8 2019 to 2018 Q4 CU6
Our Bb is still on-prem while we wait for outcome of a VLE review. Going to market this year. Hope to go cloud at that point. Aiming to decide on system by EOY and then spend 2020 building integrations and preparing for first migrates.
Piloting H5P during S2 for Blackboard, Open edX, and Drupal.
Big push on grades security – trying to get people to use gradecenter instead of spreadsheets. Held up by a common need for hurdles that Bb does not do.
Running an RFO for an eAssessment (eExam) solution, and working on a mandatory BYOD policy.
Testing Adaptive Learning - Proof of Concept - Cerego
Deploying Active Learning: Echo ALP in S2. Providing training. Piloteers, Video interviews etc.
Procuring an Open edX environment so we can expand use of edX content into more courses. Doing this at a rate of 20 courses per year. Focusing on largest courses. Have more than 3,600 courses. Collaborating with Tsinghua University in Beijing to build a shareable edX courses. China gov has plan for unis to start using C9 generated content.
Deploying Echo Lecture recording Auto-Transcriptions just for courses with students that need it.
Promoting Academic Integrity training.
Deployed Padlet site licence
Ongoing deployments of ePortfolios into new programs. 24 programs currently.
Piloted Eesysoft and writing business case.
May revisit bus case for TII Authorship Investigation tool at end of 2019. Big push on academic integrity on many fronts.
Trialed Kaltura RAPT. Probably not suitable for average academic but good for building high quality program materials.. esp if content shared
In July an upgrade to April 2019 release: Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2019
Deploying Echo ALP - initially focusing on it being an option for Turningpoint Responseware
We expect to progress with a BYOD device policy
Our EOI and RFT for e-assessment systems will continue
We are conducting a Virtual Learning Environment review to see if there might be better options for LMS and associated suite of systems. The review is expected to be done by June.
Meanwhile more mods to our on-prem Bb: a bulk file upload tool to allow annotation of assessment material using alternate tools; a Bb to student system grades transfer tool; maybe a grades hurdle tool.
Have been piloting Eesysoft - leading to a business case
Building more exemplar courses - partly using edX (connected to Bb)
Hopefully will have a new corporate training LMS as part of the new HR system - and offload them from Bb which does not seem to cope with the numbers (100K+)
More Chalk and Wire ePortfolio deployments
Have decommissioned Adobe Connect in favour of Zoom
Runnning an adaptive learning tool proof of concept using Cerego
Running a scenario based learning proof of concept using Kaltura RAPT.
Runing a micro credential project
Building an Analytics dashboard for coordinators
Student placements project
Promoting: best practice online course design standards to increase consistency across courses: grades management security; pre-recorded lectures; high value classroom experiences;
On this year: LMS review; Lecture cap review; implementing new course design standards; bedding-in Echo cloud; still on-prem Bb (q4-2016); doing e-exams EOI; Looking at a BYOD policy (does anyone have one?); moving our professional development courses off Bb; Continued deployment of Chalk and Wire e-portfolio system; might decommission Adobe and use Zoom for virtual classes; Might get Padlet integration with Bb; Next Bb upgrade July 2018; Interest in Eesysoft.