Attention Community Members…this is a game changer!
Are you ready for greater insight into your fellow Community members? Do you wish to learn how to better utilize the Community Site from some of our top users? Would you like to get your ideas out to the rest of Community? Then you’re in luck! Community is now introducing the Community Corner, a customer-centric page created about you, by you.
Once a month the managers of the Community site will select a dedicated community member to “spotlight”. The purpose is to say thanks for being such a great member and to learn a little about how the selected member is utilizing the Community site. This section will also feature a “Spotlight Hall of Fame” where you can access an archived list of previous spotlights.
Then there's our customer blog. Blogging is a way to share ideas, start a conversation, tell your story, and make your voice heard. Whether you're new to blogging or a seasoned writer, check out some of our tips to help you get started. Write a stellar post, and you may just end up under our "Featured blogger" section.
Lastly, we understand that within the larger Blackboard Community, there are smaller user groups, our BUGs, who form regional networks to communicate and share in their Blackboard experience. BUGs are taking off internationally, and that's a good thing - so we can't wait to show BUGs in the U.S. how BUGs in Europe have formed a cohesive, working system.
These are just some of the ways we at Blackboard want to say thank you! Thank you for an amazing year of beta, and thank you for many years to come. I look forward to our expanding group of professionals engaging in our ever evolving Community site.
Never stop learning,
The Blackboard Community Team
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The Michigan Blackboard Users Group was established by Donna Wicks and Jon Kowalski of Kettering University in 2002. A lot has happened in MiBUG’s brief history, including annual conferences, special interest group meetings, collaborative sessions and seemingly countless updates to Blackboard. Sharing ideas and information has proven valuable to MiBUG members and created an organization of which its members are all proud. Membership includes faculty, instructional designers, IT staff, instructional administrators, and other Blackboard users from K12 school districts, community colleges, and universities across the state (and parts of Canada) who continue to benefit from one another’s experiences and shared resources.
The group is currently co-chaired by Adam Authier (Instructional Designer, Schoolcraft College) and Jerry Todd (Associate Director, Applications and System Integrations, Central Michigan University). Although their areas of expertise and home institutions differ, Adam and Jerry actually grew up less than two miles apart from each other and have been friends since they were in first grade. Their mutual desire to improve the educational experience for faculty and students ultimately led them to their current roles, and they are excited to be in a position to facilitate the truly excellent group of educators that make up MiBUG.
The members of MiBUG communicate regularly through a listserv, but also hold monthly online meetings during which users share specific technical and instructional strategies, projects, and practices that their institutions are implementing to get the most out of Blackboard. The group also has a Spring Conference that rotates between member institutions. The 2017 Spring Conference will be held at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan.