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During this presentation at BbWorld 2012, my colleague from NIU, Vance Moore, and I were joined by Rajeev Arora, V.P. for Marketing & Strategy at Blackboard Collaborate, and discussed how NIU has ...

During this presentation at BbWorld 2012, my colleague from NIU, Vance Moore, and I were joined by Rajeev Arora, V.P. for Marketing & Strategy at Blackboard Collaborate, and discussed how NIU has harnessed the power of multiple Blackboard platforms to create a smooth-yet-powerful online learning environment.

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  • An effective learning experience today is really a continuum from the more formal, in-classroom learning, to the more informal methods.  Students are expecting more from their education experience these days. They no longer want to be a passive participant in their learning. Nor do they want to be boxed into a specific style of instruction – one where interaction is one-way, from teacher to student – and that occurs at a pre-determined place and time.Today’s students want to be active participants in their learning and have more access to informal learning opportunities. They expect immediacy through mobile devices, a personalized education experience tailored to their needs – including access to class materials when and how they want it - and Facebook-level connection with their learning – such as instant messaging and instant content sharing. An active learning experience combines informal learning opportunities with formal instruction AND it provides this anywhere, anytime. We believe this is how to take students to the next level of engagement and achievement. And to effectively serve that active learning, you need the foundational support of the right educational technology mix.
  • [CLICK] It starts with the traditional LMS, which provides the asynchronous learning tools that all students and professors have come to expect. But the active learner expects more than an LMS these days. A holistic learning experience provides students and faculty with more ways to communicate and interact with one another – [CLICK] from the informal, unstructured interactions that occur ad-hoc with, for example, IM and instant content sharing [CLICK]to the more formal, structured instructor-led events that happen over virtual or physical classrooms.And in a truly active environment, [CLICK] students must have the flexibility of accessing their learning wherever they are – in the classroom, in their home, or on-the-go via their mobile devices.This combination of Blackboard Learn, Collaborate and Mobile enables institutions to provide a complete, more cohesive learning experience using robust education technology that helps address the challenges you are facing in delivering a social learning experience [CLICK] , improving student outcomes [CLICK] and staying relevant for today’s active consumer [CLICK].
  • It’s all about engaging the student, right? But how do we keep them engaged in the learning experience when they walk out of the classroom? How do we keep them connected with other students, instructors and their coursework? One crucial factor for successful engagement is that they can access these channels of communication easily. Anytime. Anywhere. And on their preferred device.Another important factor is the human element incorporating live engagement - especially in an online learning environment. Collaborative technology helps humanize the learning experience among students and faculty with capabilities such as mobile web conferencing, instant messaging and voice discussion boards. And then of course there is the content itself. Today’s students are accustomed to high quality, visually engaging content. Blackboard provides rich content that includes access to YouTube, SlideShare, Flickr and more … from directly within their learning environment. Not to mention the digital content that they can integrate into their classes via Blackboard content partners.  
  • But the Education Network is different from one’s personal, social network. Students have told us they want their Education Network to be separate – focusing on their academic life. Blackboard brings social and informal tools within the learning environment. Instructors and students can post to discussion boards - anywhere, anytime –in traditional or voice format. And they can instantly set up meetings, have impromptu conversations and share content ad-hoc. Online collaboration spaces facilitate online communities where study groups, clubs and the like can interact in the same place where their coursework resides. This integrated environment blends a student’s informal and their classroom learning to provide a better experience, increasing their overall satisfaction and ultimately improving their chances for success.
  • And the most important part of this kind of investment is that it ensures that you continue to stay relevant in a changing landscape where your consumer, the student, has increasingly changing expectations. In an environment where 60% of students say schools don’t meet their technology expectations and 78% want greater flexibility, it’s imperative that schools respond in order to attract and retain their students. And we only see this increasing as over 10 million students over the next 4 years are expected to move from a campus-only learning environment to taking at least one class online. That’s a major shift and we need to be ready to support it.
  • An effective learning program requires more than just a framework for putting courses online. Successful programs require a complete technology toolkit. Blackboard Learn delivers a highly accessible, streamlined learning platform. By extending learning experiences beyond the classroom, Institutions can provide more engaging and effective learning. Social learning tools keep students working together and learning from each other, becoming more active participants in their learning. A central content management repository enables institutions to share, store, manage and update content across courses, organizations or institutions.And Blackboard Learn provides capabilities to measure learning outcomes more efficiently and turn learning data into actionable information - improving learning outcomes and enabling you to showcase your success.And we know that your institution does not want to be forced into a specific technology. That’s why Blackboard Learn provides flexibility to choose your learning tools. Our commitment to open technology and an open database even further extend the learning experience and increase your technology investment. For example, there are many options to integrate content, regardless of publisher. And there is a library of hundreds of additional customizations and functionality available through the Blackboard Building Block add-ons. You can also choose to expand your functionality by using our open APIs to create additional extensions to Blackboard Learn on your own.
  • While the LMS has taken hold, a parallel development, fostered by emerging collaboration technologies, has emerged in the learning environment: live engagement, through which instructors and students interact with each other in real-time. Through these technologies, the human element is becoming part of online learning as well.Blackboard Collaborate makes the learning experience more personal and interactive. It enables institutions to create virtual classrooms, hold online office hours and faculty meetings, and encourages informal, peer-to-peer learning through spontaneous, instant connections. With Collaborate’s new voice authoring capability, instructors can provide a human personal touch even when interaction is not ‘live’. They can add voice instructions, commentary to course pages, and provide clearer verbal feedback on assignments, quizzes and exams. And educational institutions save on costly, unproductive travel for administration or faculty meetings on multi-site or dispersed campuses. They can expand their course catalog, tapping remote faculty to teach subjects for which there is limited demand or limited expertise available on campus, offering courses at one location but making them available to students at other locations as well, and increasing enrollment without adding to their physical campus.The integration between Blackboard Learn and Collaborate streamlines administration for a greater return on your technology investment. And mitigates risk with a single, proven vendor. It provides a seamless platform to blend asynchronous and synchronous content for more effective learning and better learning outcomes.
  • Blackboard Mobile Learn was designed with the belief that institutions can increase students’ interaction with courses by making them available on the devices they are glued to at all times, AND they can increase student engagement and retention by putting their course tools and materials into a really beautiful and interactive environment.Native applications are available for each of the major mobile platforms- iOS (both iPhone and iPad), Android, and BlackBerry. These apps provide an intuitive, user-friendly, engaging environment where students can interact with their courses and the most powerful Blackboard Learn features anytime and anywhere. But the goal of Mobile Learn is not to replicate or just extend Learn. You can truly do things from a mobile device that you can’t do from a laptop or desktop. There is a new category of devices and there are ways to engage your students and intersect with your LMS in ways that were never possible. It’s never going to be a standalone learning app but rather helps you address your teaching and learning goals in a new way. The integration between Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Mobile provides a lifestyle based on a personalized experience that each user wants to have. It has evolved from discretionary to necessity. It is no longer a nice to have, it’s a must have and in many cases it is becoming the standard way of accessing information, staying in touch and learning.
  • [CLICK] It starts with the traditional LMS, which provides the asynchronous learning tools that all students and professors have come to expect. But the active learner expects more than an LMS these days. A holistic learning experience provides students and faculty with more ways to communicate and interact with one another – [CLICK] from the informal, unstructured interactions that occur ad-hoc with, for example, IM and instant content sharing [CLICK]to the more formal, structured instructor-led events that happen over virtual or physical classrooms.And in a truly active environment, [CLICK] students must have the flexibility of accessing their learning wherever they are – in the classroom, in their home, or on-the-go via their mobile devices.This combination of Blackboard Learn, Collaborate and Mobile enables institutions to provide a complete, more cohesive learning experience using robust education technology that helps address the challenges you are facing in delivering a social learning experience [CLICK] , improving student outcomes [CLICK] and staying relevant for today’s active consumer [CLICK].

Northern Illinois University: Success with Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Mobile, and More! Northern Illinois University: Success with Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Mobile, and More! Presentation Transcript

  • Northern IllinoisUniversity:Success withBlackboardCollaborate, BlackboardLearn, BlackboardMobile,& More!j.mp/niubb
  • PresentersRajeev Arora Jason Rhode Vance MooreVice President Assistant Director Production SupportMarketing & Strategy Faculty Development and Information TechnologyBlackboard Collaborate Instructional Design Center Services Northern Illinois University Northern Illinois UniversityRajeev.Arora@blackboard.com jrhode@niu.edu vmoore@niu.edu 2
  • Slides and Conversationj.mp/niubb#niubb@jrhode 3
  • The Active Learning ExperienceThe Blackboard Learn – Collaborate – Mobile Learn Solution 4
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  • STUDENT ENGAGEMENTThe active learning experience provides many ways forstudents to engage with each other, instructors, and coursework– anywhere, anytime. student other students instructors coursework Student Student Learning Student Motivation Retention Effectiveness Success 7
  • SOCIAL LEARNINGThe active learning experience provides many opportunitiesfor social learning within the Education Network. Student Student Student Experience Satisfaction Success 8
  • STAYING RELEVANTThe experience your students have with your educationtechnology sets the stage for engagement. Meet Student Technology Student Needs Engagement Retention 9
  • Blackboard Learn Web-based Teaching & Learning• Key Solution Capabilities • A streamlined online environment • Social learning tools • Content management and sharing • Outcomes measurement • Open technology and database• Client Value • Increased student engagement • Improved educator efficiency • Improved student outcomes • Higher operational efficiency 10
  • Blackboard Collaborate Live Engagement• Key Solution Capabilities • The Human Element: live, engaging interaction • Web conferencing & recording • Instant messaging, content sharing • Voice authoring• Client Value • Improved student engagement • Higher student satisfaction • Increased educator efficiency • Reduced costs 11
  • Blackboard Mobile Learn Learning on-the-go• Key Solution Capabilities • Natively built on most popular mobile devices • Anytime, anywhere access to course materials • Peer-to-peer and faculty interaction via discussion boards, blogs• Client Value • Increased interaction • Enhanced student engagement • Increased student retention • Improved attitudes about learning 12
  • Blackboard Learn at NIU at Northern Illinois University 13
  • A Few Facts About NIU• Main campus in DeKalb, IL • 39 academic departments; 63 located 65 miles West of Chicago undergraduate majors; 78 graduate programs• Total enrollment: 22,990 (Fall „11) • Average undergraduate student 17,306 undergraduate students age: 21 5,365 graduate students • Average graduate student age: 319 law students 32• 1,185 instructional faculty • 94% of undergrads and 79% of grad students are from Illinois• Student to faculty ratio: 18:1 • 610 international students from 75 different countries 14
  • Blackboard Learn Usage atAs of Fall 2011:• 96% of students• 78% of instructional Faculty/Staff/TAs• 43% of course sections• 3.97 course sections/studentMore details: www.niu.edu/blackboard 15
  • Use of Blackboard Learn by (Individual) Students Spring Summer Fall 25,000 22,152 20,000 No. of Students 15,000 10,000 5,000 0 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 YearUsage % for fall ‘11 with 23,107 enrolled is 95.86% of total number of students 16
  • Use of Blackboard Learn by (Individual)Faculty/Staff/TAs to Teach Spring Summer Fall 1,600 1,376 1,400 1,200 No. of Faculty 1,000 800 600 400 200 0 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 YearUsage % for fall ‘11 with 1,376* faculty/instructors/TA/teaching staff is 78.3% *1,376 includes only those providing direct instruction 17
  • Number of Credit Course Sections in BlackboardLearn Spring Summer Fall 3,000 2,488 2,500 No. of Course Sections 2,000 1,500 1,000 500 0 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 Year Usage % for fall ‘11 with 5,727* sections is 43.44%*No. of course sections including thesis, dissertation, and independent studies is 5,727 18
  • Number of Course Enrollments in BlackboardLearn Spring Summer Fall 100,000 88,050 90,000 No. of Course Enrollments 80,000 70,000 60,000 50,000 40,000 30,000 20,000 10,000 0 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 Year Students enrolled in several courses that use Blackboard in a semester Approximately 3.97 courses that use Blackboard per student during fall ‘11 19
  • Example Faculty Use of Blackboard Learn at NIU 20
  • Example Faculty Use of Blackboard Learn at NIU“I can’t image teaching withoutBlackboard. I don’t know what Iwould do (without it). I don’t knowhow I would communicate easily withthe students. I’ve come to rely on it soheavily that it is a core part of myteaching.”– Dr. Laura Vazquez, AssociateProfessor, Department ofCommunication 21
  • Example Uses of Blackboard Learn at NIU Learn + Community + Learn Learn + Community Content• For-credit courses • Non-credit courses • Coordination of • Organizations program • Athletics assessments • Student support • Task forces • Academic advising • Search committees • Professional • Department/College development collaboration and resource sharing Staying Relevant Social Learning Engagement 22
  • By 2020“We must pursue theworking grouprecommendations to addup to 42 additional onlinedegree programs andcertificates – prioritizedaccording to studentdemand. To put that in President John Peters, State ofproper perspective, we the University Address, 2011currently offer eightonline degree programs.” 23
  • Blackboard Collaborate at NIU at Northern Illinois University 24
  • Examples Uses of Blackboard Collaborate at NIU• Online office hours• Reducing in-class “seat time” with virtual lectures• Guest presenters• Online group collaborations• Online group presentations• Orientation for online classes• Training sessions for graduate students prior to starting clinical internships• Long-distance “pen-pals”• Task force committee meetings 25
  • More Example Uses of Blackboard Collaborate• Pre-admissions counseling with prospective students• Faculty Development online and simulcast workshops (archives make available online as well as mobile video podcasts) 26
  • Faculty Development Online Programsniu.edu/facdev/programs/online 27
  • Faculty Development Program Archivesniu.edu/facdev/programs/archives 28
  • Adopting Wimba Classroom at NIUInquiry begins into Funding Documentationavailable for pilot page for NIUsynchronous phase createdcollaboration tools approved Concept paper Survey of NIU submitted for pilot phase funding Implementation faculty who NIU with Bb used tool Announces WC available Strategic Pilot began Pilot ended Demo to for all NIU Planning Council of 2-day onsite (~50 courses using Initiative Deans training faculty/staff) Bb Pilot Phase9/07 10/07 11/07 1/08 2/08 3/08 8/08 9/08 29
  • Transitioning to Blackboard Collaborate at NIU Testing & Config Blackboard Begins of Bb Documentation Collaborate 11 Collab 11 & Bb page for NIU Released Learn building 2-day onsite created training for block faculty support FacDev begins staff using Bb Collab Faculty Bb Collab NIU previews available in all Participants Bb courses in Wimba Survey of WC Upgrade faculty Wimba Upgrade disabled Cohort users to v12 Non-academic uses enabled via Communities Dual Deployment Limited Release7/11 8/11 9/11 2/12 3/12 6/12 7/12 8/12 12/12 30
  • Faculty Previewsniu.edu/blackboard/communicate/collaborate.shtml 31
  • Faculty Surveysurveymonkey.com/s/BZJQLHK 32
  • Which features have you used in WC? Response PercentPre-load content from Blackboard course 19% Application share 25% Download mp3/mp4 archives 50% Archives 37% Telephony 31% Informal polling (check mark or X) 13% Survey questions 31% PowerPoint slides 63% Whiteboard 25% Setup wizard 50% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 33
  • For how long do you make archives available toyour students Response Percent I use archives for multiple semesters 17% Until the end of the semester 25% For a set time - a few days or weeks 17%I do not make archives available to my 42% students 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 34
  • How do you feel about these features in BbCollaborate, not currently in WC? Mobile app for participants Scientific & math notation… Up to 6 simultaneous video…Realtime indicators of activity Neutral Like File exchange Cant wait! Web tour Echo cancellation 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 35
  • How important are these features in WC, notcurrently in Bb Collaborate, to your teaching?Download mp3/mp4 versions of archives from Bb Unlimited active speakers Not Important Important Telephony Critical Persistent content 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 36
  • Blackboard Collaborate at NIU Infoniu.edu/blackboard/communicate/collaborate.shtml 37
  • Blackboard Mobile at NIU at Northern Illinois University 38
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  • Blackboard Mobile Learn at NIU• 16,886 downloads of NIU Mobile app to date • 39% Android, 54% iOS, 7% BlackBerry• 12,782 unique NIU users of Bb Mobile Learn in 2012 academic year • 51% of users using Android, 47% using iOS • 68% of logins were from Android devices, 30% from iOS • Peak use day was May 10, 2012 = 4,690 logins that day 40
  • Blackboard Mobile Adoption at NIU Continued development of app and new features by Bb Mobile developers Bb Mobile work with ITS to bring existing NIU info feeds Alumni into custom NIU Association, Student mobile app Affairs, Academic Blackboard reaches Affairs, and University out to NIU Division of Relations agree to University Relations contribute to licenseNIU installs freeMobile Learn app 41
  • Designing a Mobile-Friendly Blackboard Courseniu.edu/facdev/programs/archives/20120214.shtml 42
  • Blackboard Mobile Learn at NIU Infoniu.edu/blackboard/mobile 43
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  • Critical Success FactorsSynergy between pedagogical and technical support 45
  • Supporting Faculty and Students Workshops Faculty Information  Hosting Bb Consultations Development Technology Learn, Content, Co Support provides Services mmunity, & documentation pedagogical provides Transaction Testing new support for technical Systems releases faculty support for  Helpdesk for Referrals to faculty and technical support Helpdesk for students  Testing new technical support releases  Referrals to Faculty Development for pedagogical support 46
  • Collaborative Institutional BlackboardAdministration and Support College Support Staff Blackboard Status Committee Blackboard Administrative Committee 47
  • Faculty Hands-on Workshops 48
  • Quick Guidesniu.edu/blackboard/guides 49
  • Online Workshop Archivesniu.edu/facdev/programs/archives 50
  • Learn More About NIU‟s Use of Blackboardniu.edu/blackboard 51
  • Blogfacdevblog.niu.edu 52
  • Podcastniu.edu/blackboard/podcast 53
  • Slides and Conversationj.mp/niubb#niubb@jrhode 54
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