Central Arizona College is hiring an LMS Analyst
Central Arizona College is hiring an LMS Analyst
Back over to the UK digitally in this episode. We talk with Chris Boon from City College Norwich, pronounced n -O-r-i-dge (rhymes with porridge). We learn he has an interesting history with online education and training and more about the definition of a City College in the UK. He also shares the various ways he helps the Blackboard Community and his recent membership into the Blackboard MVP program. We will also learn about his personal life and the possibilities of a Blackboard Community Band? If that doesn't make you want to listen, I'm not sure what will. Click the link below.
Editor's Note: The quality of this recording is a little lower than we normally want to use. Please excuse us, as we continue to find the best recording options for our podcast. Thanks!
This episode we talk with University of Southhampton's Matt Deeprose. Our conversation touches on several topics such as how Matt became a Virtual Learning Environment administrator. How he created his infamous Upgrade Club discussion on the Blackboard Community site. We will also learn more about the community happenings in the UK and Europe. There's so much more to discuss, but just click the link below.
Podcasting Note: We had promised an interview with Marissa Dimino but due to technical issues with the recording we will be bringing you that episode in the near future.
This week Casey and Terry chat with Emmah Schramke, Senior Manager of Client Programs at Blackboard. We discuss the MVP Program along with Blackboard User Groups and other programs Emmah works with. We will also learn about Emmah’s personal interests and hobbies and her recommendations when visiting DC.
You can find Emmah on the Blackboard Community website or follow her on Twitter.
Spokane Public Schools in Spokane, WA is looking for a Blackboard Administrator.
|POSITION TITLE:||MANAGER OF VIRTUAL PROGRAMS AND TECHNOLOGIES|
|LOCATION:||SPOKANE VIRTUAL LEARNING|
|SUMMARY OF ASSIGNMENTS:||Manage and oversee virtual learning programs, systems, processes, technology implementations, and best educational practices by working with staff from all departments of Spokane Public Schools, vendors, and service providers. Duties include oversight of curriculum instructional design and implementation, development and delivery of training content, web development, educational quality assurance guidelines, student support and staff management. Manage the work of the SVL Technical Support Specialist and other virtual learning classified staff.|
|APPLY TO:||Apply online at www.spokaneschools.org by selecting EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. For further information call Human Resources Department at (509) 354-7265. Applications will be screened when complete application materials are received. Spokane Public Schools complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, sexual orientation including gender expression or gender identity, or honorably discharged veteran or military status. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular school activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district's officers as follows: Title IX/Staff Civil Rights Officer, Dr. Linda McDermott (509) 354-7318 * Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)/Student Civil Rights Officer, Dr. Adam Swinyard (509) 354-7393 * 504 Compliance Officer, Gwen Harris (509) 354-7393 * ADA Officer, Dr. Linda McDermott (509) 354-7318 * Affirmative Action Officer, Dr. Mary Templeton (509) 354-5961 * Equal Opportunity Officer, Ramon Alvarez, (509) 354-7344 * 200 N. Bernard Street, Spokane, WA 99201-0206. Click here for a list of the current compliance officers: View EEO Compliance Officers|
|TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:|
|Employee Group||Supervisory Employees Non-Rep - SV|
On May 17, we will host a “follow-the-sun” series of webinars focused on accessibility in education at all levels and across the globe.
The 9 webinar sessions (8 in English, 1 in Spanish) span five different time zones in 24 hours. Our roster of expert speakers includes educators, policy makers, and advocates. We are excited about this year’s stellar lineup of speakers which include:
Since 2012, GAAD has aimed to get everyone thinking, sharing best practices and learning about digital access and people with different disabilities. I’m proud of Blackboard’s efforts to contribute to this important focus in our education community.
Today wraps-ups the second of the Community Enhancement blog series where we share following improvements that complete our community refresh. You will see the larger changes to the home page and content look and feel go-live starting Friday, December 15th and continuing through the end of 2017.
Simplified global navigation & Improved Layouts
|Consolidated two forumsHomepageEducators PageInstructional Designer Page|
|New Content Layouts|
|New Profile Layouts|
Today we start a two-part series of blogs titled Community Enhancements that describe the new changes and improvements you will see throughout the site. The first of several launches today and some of you may have seen it already.
Please let us know what you think of these improvements; we welcome your feedback and would like to thank all of those who have shared their thoughts. We have considered them and hope you will see that feedback reflected in your redesigned community.
I wish those that are celebrating a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels. We are so grateful for your honest conversations, feedback and continued participation in the Blackboard Community!
I'm exciting to announce that starting November 27th through the end of December, we will be rolling out a variety of enhancements based on feedback community users have shared with us over the last year. Specifically, we are making improvements in:
We are thrilled to witness the evolution of our community and invite you to be part of its continued success.
Thank you for your support!
Finals; exams do not come worse than these. Finals approaching might have taken you into looking for ways to ace your exams, not just any ways, but the most practical ways. Students all over the world have had several beliefs about exams and how to tackle them. Essay geeks give an insight of these superstitions. However, here are the most practical tried and tested ways to prepare for your finals.
These tips should set you on the path to passing your finals.
In recognition of Blackboard’s 20th anniversary this year, we launched the #IamBlackboard campaign, featuring stories and insights from Blackboard clients and employees around the globe. So, I thought I’d share my story.
I joined Blackboard in June 2016. I’m a Coast Guard veteran, a former faculty member, a former political appointee, have over 16 years experience leading the full range of IT services and responding to client needs, and #IamBlackboard.
As Blackboard’s Chief Client Officer, I’m motivated every day by 3 driving forces:
In a nutshell, I’m lucky to have a job that enables me to be part of a community that’s improving lives, and the world we live in. #IamBlackboard. Check out other #IamBlackboard stories here.
Another month - another episode of What's Your Problem? In this episode, we focus on best practices for providing quality feedback to online students.
Research has clearly shown us that, in order for feedback to be truly effective, it should be timely, specific, and personal – but it often seems impossible to do all three. This month, What’s Your Problem? looks into some effective ways to provide quality feedback that is timely, specific, AND personal to students in distance learning courses. Is it even possible to do all three? (Spoiler alert: it is).
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It's time for another installment of What's Your Problem? from the instructional designers at Schoolcraft College. Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne in 1989’s Batman said it best, “You want to get nuts? Let’s get nuts!” What’s Your Problem? gets a little nuts this month with a thematic episode based on the hit Discovery Channel program, Mythbusters! For our Mythbusters! episode, Adam, Jason, and Kaylynn tackle some of the common myths circling around the Distance Learning modalities and attempt to “bust” them. You know how sometimes education requires you to leave your comfort zone to accomplish something worthwhile? Well this time, we left it, like waaaaaay left it! We tried something new this time, and since we are clearly not scientists, this episode is a little out there, but we think you'll enjoy it. Just in case, though, you can always enjoy our previous nine episodes by subscribing to our YouTube Channel.
As I’m writing this, I’m on a plane on my way from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles.
I’m going to LA for a (belated) summer vacation. Even though I’m not going for work, I’ll get to visit with my friend and fellow Blackboarder Karen Yoshino. She’s a rock star and I’m excited to get to see her and catch up!
Because I’ve flown this airline before, I know I’ll be receiving an email with an online survey asking me about my experience. I’ve completed their surveys in the past, and yet I’ve never seen or heard any feedback. Did what I say matter? Did what I say influence anything about the ticketing process, notifications, boarding, the flight experience itself, how fast I get my luggage after I land?
Have you found yourself asking these questions after you’ve taken an online survey? I, like many of you, take these surveys with faith that they’ll make a difference.
I mentioned in my blog post last week that I’d share the results of Blackboard’s annual Client Satisfaction survey. In April 2017, over 2,000 clients participated in Blackboard’s annual Client Satisfaction survey. Thank you for having faith. I want you to know your participation matters. These survey results help me – and everyone at Blackboard – to reflect, prioritize and plan . . . and to improve how we partner with you.
In conjunction with our research firm, we perform sophisticated statistical analyses to determine strategic areas of focus where we have room for improvement and areas that are most important to your overall satisfaction. We identified the following key areas of focus:
We are paying close attention to your inputs, and we are laser focused on improvements in these areas.
The design language we call Ultra has dramatically improved ease of use within Blackboard Collaborate and our newest mobile apps, and we are working diligently to drive faster continued adoption of Ultra design across all our products. We know there is always room to improve and we will continue to add features to our newest products, always while preserving the simplicity of the Ultra design.
Ease of integrating with other systems and tools
We’re addressing this priority in two important ways. First, we’re working diligently to better integrate the end-user experience across Blackboard products. For example, the Blackboard app for mobile devices provides a seamless user experience across Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate. Additionally, we continue to work to improve both the ease and depth of integration of our products within your larger technology ecosystem. Examples of this work include our continuing expansion of REST APIs available through the Blackboard Developer Portal and our ongoing support for standards-based integration through our participation and leadership in the IMS Global community. We pledge to continue to improve the ease and variety of integrations supported in Learn and our other platforms.
Ease of doing business with Blackboard
When it comes to "doing business with Blackboard," we are pursuing improvements across all facets of the Client Experience. We will soon be concluding a large internal system consolidation and upgrade that will allow us to streamline the quoting, contracting, and invoicing processes. We’ve expanded accessibility of resources in places like help.blackboard.com, the Community Site, and Behind the Blackboard. Between these and other improvements, such as the improved reach of our Client Success team, we will strive to be the best partner to you that we can be.
At BbWorld this summer, we worked hard to create open forums for transparent and honest conversations about every aspect of our work. For those who were able to participate, we appreciate your candid insights. The launch of the CCO blog is another step in our effort to support a two-way dialogue, to ensure we can understand your perspective and proactively share information. We’re continuing to identify additional areas where we can improve our communications with you.
Beyond those key areas identified for improvement, the survey recognized improvements between 2016 and 2017 in a number of areas. We are pleased that clients are experiencing greater satisfaction overall, and seeing sharp improvements in:
At Blackboard, we are extremely proud of our nearly 3,000 professionals around the world, and we believe these improvements in the survey results reflect the hard work of our employees and teams over the past year. A few examples of our employees' work include the continuous delivery of improvements to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Learn SaaS, and a renewed focus on client programs such as User Groups, Catalyst Awards, Exemplary Course Program, Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series, Tech Previews, Cohorts, and this Community site.
We know the results are more than numbers. They represent the very real daily, weekly, and monthly impact we have on people around the world – the impact we have on you. We want to continue to hear from you in our annual survey, and as importantly, throughout the year. I encourage you to continue the conversation here on the Community Site and via other forums.
In future blog posts, I will continue to share information about work we’re doing to improve our work in areas identified through the annual survey.
Several weeks ago, I sat in Blackboard's Curie conference room (named for Marie Curie, the famed researcher, double Nobel prize winner, and first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris) and listened to the results of our Client Satisfaction survey, an annual survey we conduct to better understand how we’re meeting our clients’ needs. As I listened to the different data points – the highs, the lows, the trends, and the areas of focus - I thought of:
I realized the survey results represent not just these individuals, but their teams, their colleagues, their peers, and their classmates. The survey results are more than numbers. They represent the very real daily, weekly, and monthly impact we have on people around the world – the impact we have on you.
The survey results help me, and everyone at Blackboard, to understand the individual stories, challenges, needs, and desires in a more holistic way. The survey results help us reflect, prioritize, and plan.
Previously, Blackboard had sporadically obtained client feedback via survey tools. In 2015, we committed to an annual survey cycle across all of our clients to better inform our work. Next week, I will share a summary of our annual Client Satisfaction survey taken in April, 2017.
When you read the survey summary, you'll likely see elements that reflect your experience with Blackboard. You'll also see that other people and institutions may have competing needs and desires. Keeping with our conviction about the importance of transparency as a cornerstone of partnership, we will be sharing these results because we believe it will strengthen our dialogue.
Stay tuned. And thank you for taking the time to read my first blog post in my role as Blackboard's Chief Client Officer. I look forward to our conversation.