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On May 30, 2011, Blackboard Next Generation (NG) will make its campus-wide debut at NIU. With over 80 new features, this will be the most significant upgrade of Blackboard since it was first ...

On May 30, 2011, Blackboard Next Generation (NG) will make its campus-wide debut at NIU. With over 80 new features, this will be the most significant upgrade of Blackboard since it was first introduced at NIU almost ten years ago. In addition to delivering a redesigned, updated interface, Blackboard NG has a simpler process for creating and editing courses and new tools to facilitate classroom collaboration. This online session highlights these features. Following the session, participants will receive access to a sandbox course to explore the changes coming to Blackboard.

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  • Blackboard is a learning management system acquired by NIU in 2000 and has been available campus-wide for teaching since 2002. It is used for a wide range of activities from posting course materials to teaching online.Blackboard is also used for non-instructional purposes. Some examples of non-instructional uses of Blackboard include: student clubs, faculty committees, OneCard transactions, residence hall communities, Student Athletes Support Services (SASS) all use Blackboard to communicate, share information, and connect with students in this online age we live in.
  • Blackboard usage at NIU for teaching purposes has continue to increase steadily over the past 10 years and as of our most recent usage statistics from this past fall semester, 97% of students and 75% of instructional Faculty/Staff/TAs used Blackboard for 50% of for-credit course sections. This amounts to an average of 3.6 course sections/student on Blackboard. Blackboard is also used for non-credit courses and those numbers are not included in these usage figures.
  • InFall 2010 we had 23,040 students enrolled and using Blackboard and this percentage of total number of our students using Blackboard has been consistent over the past 5 years
  • We’ve seen steady steady increase in the number of faculty, instructors, TAs, and other teaching staff using Blackboard for teaching with 75% of those who teach at NIU now using Blackboard.
  • The number of credit course sections in Blackboard continues to steadily increase, with nearly 50% of credit course sections taught at NIU in fall 2010 having an accompanying Blackboard online class space.
  • The number of course enrollments continues to climb each semester as well.
  • The current version of Blackboard at NIU is Release 8.0.
  • Here you can see a listing of the major features in the currently used Blackboard version at NIU.
  • Here’s a screen shot of what a default Blackboard online course looks like in our current version of Blackboard at NIU. ITS has customized the colors and default course templates to be consistent with NIU’s brand. You’ll notice that there is a course navigation menu on the left (click) with links to various course tools and content locations. This menu is what students use to navigate a Blackboard course. This user interface that you see has remained constant for the past 10 years. One of the buttons in the course navigation menu that only faculty see is the Control Panel button (click). The Control Panel is the area within every Blackboard course that only faculty can access to configure and manage the course.
  • The Control Panel looks like this and contains a series of modules with links to the various course tools that faculty may choose to incorporate into their teaching. Clicking one of the tool links from within the Control Panel, faculty are presented with a series of screens offering additional options. Faculty who teach with Blackboard have become accustomed to the Control Panel interface for teaching with Blackboard. (click)Content Areas are one of the very popular tools among faculty, serving as locations where documents can be posted for students to access within the course. Clicking one of the content area links (next slide)
  • …faculty then see an Edit View of that content area where they can choose to add documents, sub-folders for additional organization, external links, as well as a variety of types of assessments.
  • Here you can see a listing of the additional features and plugins that have been added to Blackboard since 2002 that faculty now have access to incorporate into their teaching. For all these features, our office has had to develop new workshops, documentation, and support faculty in their use of these new features.
  • We are consumed now preparing for Blackboard Next Generation (Release 9.1) that NIU will be upgrading to in May 2011
  • This is a screenshot of the new course interface that faculty will see once the upgrade takes place. This will be the most significant upgrade of Blackboard since it was introduced.
  • Here’s a listing of just a few of the over 80 new features that will be available to faculty in Blackboard NG. Without getting into too many technical details, let’s just briefly take a look at the additional new capabilities that faculty will have at their fingertips with Blackboard NG
  • The most noticeable change will be the complete redesign of the faculty user interface, using contextual editing that requiring fewer clicks! Faculty features have been reorganized and as a result faculty workflow will be dramatically different
  • Blogs, social learning tools for students to express their thoughts and reflect on their learning, either privately with the faculty or publicly with others in the course, will be available along with the following other tools:
  • Similar to blogs, journals are private reflections by students viewable only by the instructor
  • Similar to blogs, journals are private reflections by students viewable only by the instructor
  • Similar to blogs, journals are private reflections by students viewable only by the instructor
  • Wikis, collaborative work spaces for courses, organizations, and groups
  • Mashups allowing faculty to easily share content from YouTube, Flickr, and SlideShare within their Blackboard course
  • Mashups allowing faculty to easily share content from YouTube, Flickr, and SlideShare within their Blackboard course
  • New Learning Modules content type for organizing and presenting content to students using structured table of contents
  • New Learning Modules content type for organizing and presenting content to students using structured table of contents
  • New planning tool allowing faculty to create a structured unit plan with distinct and customizable sections that provide a means of documenting information such as description, learning level, delivery options, and so on
  • Textbook information allows faculty to display what textbooks have been assigned for the course. Textbooks can be searched by ISBN, Title, Author or Subject or can be manually added.
  • Tool for creating course podcasts and linking directly to specific content in iTunesU
  • ePortfolios enabling students and faculty to assemble, present, and share information online for documenting academic growth, career evaluation, and course preparation
  • In addition to the fully-redesigned faculty interface, many major new features will be coming in Blackboard Next Generation
  • The redesigned Assignment Tools now allows multiple submissions.
  • Faculty can set color highlight based on a number of criteria. The enhanced Grade Center now also allows anonymous grading and better display options. Faculty can change the number of rows that are being displayed on the page as well as the column order.
  • Rubrics allow setting up criteria for assignment evaluation.
  • Rubrics allow setting up criteria for assignment evaluation.
  • Rubrics allow setting up criteria for assignment evaluation.
  • In addition to the fully-redesigned faculty interface, many major new features will be coming in Blackboard Next Generation
  • The Notification Dashboard, accessed from the Courses Tab, allows to see any new information that has been posted in any of the courses students are participating in. Students can get access to any new content that has been posted, check on the due dates for assignments or see the recent announcements.
  • Timely and actionable notifications of faculty’s course information, including when new content becomes available, when students meet Early Warning System rules criteria and when student submitted assignments and tests are available for grading
  • Workflows providing management, organization, and enhanced document sharing capabilities in Blackboard Content System
  • While up to this point Blackboard has been accessible solely from desktop or laptop computers, with the addition of Blackboard Mobile Learn, apps are now available for students and faculty alike to access course content & activities on iPod, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android across all cellular carriers.
  • In addition to the Blackboard Mobile Learn app being available on smart phones, there is also a customized version of the app that is specifically designed for the tablet size and features of the iPad. Other versions of Mobile Learn for other tablet computing devices will be coming this next year.We asked a couple NIU students to share their thoughts on the value of mobile access to Blackboard
  • Let’s take a brief peek now at the new Blackboard Next Generation system and how it compares to the currently Blackboard system that our faculty are familiar with (Go to Firefox with Bb8 on one tab and Bb 9 on the other. Demo process of changing the name of a menu item on 8 vs 9.1 & reorder menu items)
  • Our Center, under the direction of of the Provost, has developed a faculty support plan for the upcoming Blackboard Next Generation Upgrade
  • A key component of the support plan will be the 40 workshops that we have scheduled to be offered during Spring and Summer 2011. In your handout you see a spreadsheet detailing each of these workshops that we’ve scheduled along with the type of workshop, location, and capacity for each session.We’ve scheduled 10 previous sessions prior to the upgrade, most will be face to face but a few will be offered online, offering faculty and support staff to get an overview of the significant changes and new features that are coming with the upgrades.Following the upgrade in May, we’ll be offering over the next 3 months 8 hands-on workshops for new users, 10 “tune-up” workshops for experienced users and 2 “Blackboard Boot Camp” days of in-depth advanced sessions for faculty.In addition, we will be offering open lab sessions every day of the first week of summer and fall semesters for individual assistanceAs you can see in the handout, we’re keenly aware of the training capacity and will be offering some workshops online and making archives of these sessions available for online viewing to increase our training capacity.
  • We’ve posted more information on Blackboard Next Generation, including the complete list of features available, on NIU’s Teaching with Blackboard website at niu.edu/blackboard/ng

Blackboard Next Generation Preview - Online Blackboard Next Generation Preview - Online Presentation Transcript

  • Blackboard Next Generation Preview
    Jason Rhode, Assistant Director
    Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center
    jrhode@niu.edu | niu.edu/jrhode | twitter.com/jrhode
    For more details, visit niu.edu/blackboard/ng
  • Session Goals
    Share information on the use of Blackboard for teaching and learning at NIU
    Introduce new features to be available in Blackboard Next Generation (version 9.1)following the upgrade scheduled for May 2011
    Share the faculty support plan and upcoming training programs
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  • Blackboard
    Learning management system acquired by NIU in 2000
    Made available campus-wide for teaching since 2002
    Used for range of activities from posting course materials to teaching online
    Blackboard is also used for non-instructional purposes (clubs, (committees, transactions, residence halls, athletics, etc.)
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  • Blackboard Usage at NIU
    Fall 2010 usage for teaching purposes:
    97% of students
    75% of instructional Faculty/Staff/TAs
    50% of course sections
    3.6 course sections/student on Blackboard
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  • Use of Blackboard by (individual) Students
    23,040
    Usage % for fall ‘10 with 23,795 enrolled is 96.8% of total number of students
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  • Use of Blackboard by (individual) Faculty/Staff/TAs to Teach
    1,320
    Usage % for fall ‘10 with 1,761* faculty/instructors/TA/teaching staff is 74.96%*1,761 includes only those providing direct instruction
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  • Number of Credit Course Sections in Blackboard
    2,514
    Usage % for fall ‘10 with 5,106* sections is 49.23%*No. of course sections including thesis, dissertation, and independent studies is 5,106
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  • Number of Course Enrollments in Blackboard
    87,687
    Students enrolled in several courses that use Blackboard in a semester3.6 course sections on Blackboard per student for fall 2010
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  • Current Blackboard Version (Release 8.0)
    Current Blackboard Version(Release 8.0)
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  • Summary of Main Blackboard Features
    Control Panel
    Content Areas
    Announcements
    Email
    Discussion Board
    Groups
    Digital Drop Box
    Tests
    Surveys
    Pools
    Grade Center
    Virtual Classroom
    Course Usage Statistics
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  • Blackboard 8.0
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  • Control Panel
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  • Edit View
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  • Summary of Additional Features Added Since 2002
    Assignment Manager
    Communities
    Content System
    Scholar (literature sources)
    SafeAssign (plagiarism check)
    Podcaster
    Wimba Online Classroom
    eReserves (for library)
    CPS Clickers interface
    Grade Submission Tool
    Blackboard Sync
    Blackboard Faculty Tools
    Adaptive Release
    Early Warning System
    Self and Peer Assessment
    MyOneCard
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  • Blackboard Next Generation (Release 9.1)
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  • Blackboard Next Generation
    Most significant upgrade of Blackboard since it was introduced
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  • Major New Features Coming in Blackboard NG
    Fully Redesigned faculty interface
    Blogs
    Wikis
    Journals
    ePortfolios
    Learning Modules
    Lesson Plans
    Mashups
    Notifications
    New Group Features
    Workflows
    iTunesU
    Blackboard Mobile Learn
    Listing of all 80+ new features available at www.niu.edu/blackboard/ng
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  • Blogs
    Wikis
    Journals
    Group Features
    Redesigned Interface
    Contextual Editing
    Contextual Control Panel/Menus
    Simplify
    Collaborate
    Blackboard NG
    Organize
    Customize
    Notifications
    Course Home Page
    Workflows
    Mobile Learn
    Multiple Assignment Submissions
    Grade Center Enhancements
    Rubrics
    Mashups
    Learning Modules
    Lesson Plans
    iTunes U links
    ePortfolios
    Notify
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  • Blogs
    Wikis
    Journals
    Group Features
    Redesigned Interface
    Contextual Editing
    Contextual Control Panel/Menus
    Simplify
    Collaborate
    Blackboard NG
    Organize
    Customize
    Notifications
    Course Home Page
    Workflows
    Mobile Learn
    Multiple Assignment Submissions
    Grade Center Enhancements
    Rubrics
    Mashups
    Learning Modules
    Lesson Plans
    iTunes U links
    ePortfolios
    Notify
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  • Redesigned Faculty Interface
    Contextual editing requiring fewer clicks!
    Faculty features have been reorganized and as a result faculty use will be dramatically different
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  • Contextual Control Panel
    All Control Panel Tools are available from a simple collapsible menu.
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  • Contextual Content Editing
    Any kind of content can be added or edited using contextual menus in various areas in the course
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  • Blogs
    Wikis
    Journals
    Group Features
    Redesigned Interface
    Contextual Editing
    Contextual Control Panel/Menus
    Simplify
    Collaborate
    Blackboard NG
    Organize
    Customize
    Notifications
    Course Home Page
    Workflows
    Mobile Learn
    Multiple Assignment Submissions
    Grade Center Enhancements
    Rubrics
    Mashups
    Learning Modules
    Lesson Plans
    iTunes U links
    ePortfolios
    Notify
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  • Blogs
    Social learning tool for students to express their thoughts and reflect on their learning
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  • Blogs
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  • Blogs
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  • Blogs
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  • Blogs
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  • Blogs
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  • Blogs
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  • Blogs
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  • Journals
    Similar to blogs, journals are private reflections by students viewable only by the instructor
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  • Journals
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  • Journals
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  • Journals
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  • Journals
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  • Journals
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  • Journals
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  • Journals
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  • Wikis
    Collaborative work space for courses, organization, and groups
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  • Wikis
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  • Wikis
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  • Wikis
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  • Wikis
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  • Wikis
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  • Wikis
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  • Wikis
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  • New Group Features
    Many new capabilities, including: group assignments, group module pages,
    blogs & journals
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  • Blogs
    Wikis
    Journals
    Group Features
    Redesigned Interface
    Contextual Editing
    Contextual Control Panel/Menus
    Simplify
    Collaborate
    Blackboard NG
    Organize
    Customize
    Notifications
    Course Home Page
    Workflows
    Mobile Learn
    Multiple Assignment Submissions
    Grade Center Enhancements
    Rubrics
    Mashups
    Learning Modules
    Lesson Plans
    iTunes U links
    ePortfolios
    Notify
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  • Mashups
    Allow faculty to easily share content from YouTube, Flickr, and SlideShare
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  • Mashups
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  • Mashups
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  • Mashups
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  • Mashups
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  • Mashups
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  • Mashups
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  • Learning Modules
    New structured content type for organizing and presenting content to students
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  • Learning Modules
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  • Learning Modules
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  • Learning Modules
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  • Learning Modules
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  • Learning Modules
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  • Learning Modules
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  • Learning Modules
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  • Learning Modules
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  • Lesson Plans
    New planning tool for faculty to create structured unit plans in Blackboard
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  • Textbook Information
    Faculty can post textbook information searching for it by ISBN, Title, Author or Subject
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  • iTunes U
    Tool for creating course podcasts and linking directly to specific content in iTunesU
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  • ePortfolios
    Enable students and faculty to assemble, present and share information online
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  • Blogs
    Wikis
    Journals
    Group Features
    Redesigned Interface
    Contextual Editing
    Contextual Control Panel/Menus
    Simplify
    Collaborate
    Blackboard NG
    Organize
    Customize
    Notifications
    Course Home Page
    Workflows
    Mobile Learn
    Multiple Assignment Submissions
    Grade Center Enhancements
    Rubrics
    Mashups
    Learning Modules
    Lesson Plans
    iTunes U links
    ePortfolios
    Notify
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  • Multiple Assignment Submissions
    Assignments are a form of assessments that add a Colum to the Grade Center and allow students to submit files multiple times
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  • Grade Center Enhancements
    Grade Center enhancements feature anonymous grading, color highlighting and improved layout options
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  • Rubrics
    A Rubric is a tool that lists evaluation criteria for an assignment
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  • Rubrics
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  • Rubrics
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  • Blogs
    Wikis
    Journals
    Group Features
    Redesigned Interface
    Contextual Editing
    Contextual Control Panel/Menus
    Simplify
    Collaborate
    Blackboard NG
    Organize
    Customize
    Notifications
    Course Home Page
    Workflows
    Mobile Learn
    Multiple Assignment Submissions
    Grade Center Enhancements
    Rubrics
    Mashups
    Learning Modules
    Lesson Plans
    iTunes U links
    ePortfolios
    Notify
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  • Notifications
    Timely and actionable notifications displayed in course dashboard
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  • Course Home Page
    Course Home Page displays notifications for a particular course
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  • Workflows
    Management, organization, and enhanced document sharing capabilities in Content System
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  • Blackboard Mobile Learn
    Apps for accessing course content & activities on iPod, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android
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  • Mobile Learn on iPad
    Customized version of Mobile Learn App specifically for tablet size and features
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  • Brief Demonstration
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  • Faculty Support Plan for Blackboard Next Generation Upgrade
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  • Workshops Scheduled
    40 workshops currently scheduled for Spring & Summer 2011:
    10 preview sessions prior to upgrade
    8 hands-on workshops for new users
    10 “tune-up” workshops for experienced users
    2 “boot camp” days of in-depth advanced sessions
    open lab sessions every day of the first week of summer and fall semesters for individual assistance
    Some workshops will also be offered online
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  • More Information
    niu.edu/blackboard/ng
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  • Sandbox Accounts
    You will receive an email with a username and password for a sandbox account and URL for test server
    After logging in with your sandbox username and password, participants will see two courses. One is a course with the role of instructor while the other has the role of student. Both courses have sample activities and content pre-loaded for participants to get a taste of the enhanced user experience coming in Blackboard NG.
    niu.edu/blackboard/ng/login
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  • Sandbox Accounts Reminders
    The test server is located behind an NIU firewall, meaning that only those connecting to it from a computer on the NIU network or off campus via a secure VPN connection will be able to access the server.
    Performance will likely be slower than the actual system.
    If you encounter any issues with the Blackboard test server, please report them via email to helpdesk@niu.edu.
    Do not build summer or fall courses in the Blackboard sandbox courses.
    Sandbox courses will be periodically recycled and reused. Don't place any content in the courses or make configuration adjustments with the assumption that they will remain in the courses for an extended period of time.
    More than one participant may be assigned the same sandbox course.
    niu.edu/blackboard/ng/login
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