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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:

 

  • Design: We have a new look and feel to match our updated Blackboard branding
  • Usability:
    • Improved global navigation: we've made it easier to find forums, user groups, product information, ideas, programs as well as information that you're accessing the most.
    • Improved layouts: we've redesigned the community home page and the forum home pages to better guide you to the content you're most interested in
    • Consolidated two forums: We're combining Educators and Instructional Designers into a new forum called Teaching & Learning
    • Updated content experience: We'll move to a cleaner, more concise format for our threaded discussions, blogs, videos and profiles
    • Search: We've added a custom search to various areas such as the home page and forums to make it easier to look up information in the areas you're interested in
  • Product News: We're launching a new area in the community called Product News. Follow it to stay informed.
  • Networking: We've made it easier to find user groups by regions and topics with the creation of a new landing page for sorting and searching.

 

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!

 

Marissa

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.

  1. When studying, switch environments rather than sticking to one place, it goes a long way in helping you recall what you study.
  2. Test yourself as regularly as possible. This helps you to master your anxiety, plan out your time and familiarize with the paper.
  3. Organize your work station, it goes a long way in helping you recall what you study.
  4. Take a break regularly. Putting in continuous hours without a break can be detrimental to your memory, so take a break from time to time and you will be good to go.

  These tips should set you on the path to passing your finals.

tjatkin

Who is Blackboard?

Posted by tjatkin Nov 15, 2017

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:

 

  • The power and importance of education in defining individuals and their future. I was the youngest of 5 children. My dad was a Navy pilot and we moved every 3 years. With each move, my parents picked where we would live based on what schools we would be attending. Education was the top priority (sometimes leaving dad with terrible commutes to work!). I learned from my parents, and have witnessed first hand, how the power of education can transform and shape lives.
  • The passion and commitment of Blackboard’s clients. Every faculty member, instructional designer, system administrator, CIO, provost and student or learner who I’ve had the opportunity to meet and talk with since joining Blackboard has demonstrated inspiring commitment to student success. Two weeks ago at the 15th Annual SLATE conference, I was energized by the sharing of experiences, lessons learned, and innovative ideas to leverage technology to drive better outcomes.
  • The Passion and commitment of the Blackboard team. My colleagues and our partners simply rock! I’m so proud to be part of such a hard-working team that cares so deeply about making a positive difference in education, for everyone involved. This fall we completed a thorough assessment and self-reflection of how we can improve the client experience. We have work to do to achieve the world class experience that our clients deserve, and we know it.  And we’re excited about the improvements we will make. I’ll share more in the coming weeks and months as we strive for continuous improvements.

 

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.

aauthier

Providing Quality Feedback

Posted by aauthier Nov 9, 2017

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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Enjoy!

 

Adam Authier, Kaylynn Mortensen, Jason Kane