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Offering Online Professional
Development Using a
Cross-Platform Strategy
JASON RHODE
Director of Distributed Learning
STEP...
ABOUT PRESENTERS
JASON RHODE
Director of Distributed Learning
Northern Illinois University
jrhode@niu.edu
@jrhode
STEPHANI...
2013 CATALYST AWARD
WINNING INITIATIVE
2013 Blackboard Catalyst
Teaching and Learning
Award
2013 Blackboard Catalyst
Staff...
SLIDES AND CONVERSATIONS
slidesha.re/niupd13
#niupd
@jrhode
@slrichter
AGENDA
NIU’s cross-
platform
strategy
Practices
Lessons
Learned
Next Steps
NIU‟S CROSS-PLATFORM
STRATEGY
NIU’s cross-
platform
strategy
Practices
Lessons
Learned
Next Steps
NORTHERN ILLINOIS
UNIVERSITY
ABOUT NIU
» Main campus in DeKalb, IL
located 65 miles West of
Chicago
» Total enrollment: 21,869
(Fall ‟12)
» 1,185 instr...
BLACKBOARD USAGE
AT NIU
» 98% of students
» 82% of instructional
Faculty/Staff/TAs
» 53% of course sections
» 4 course sec...
USE BY INDIVIDUAL
STUDENTS
Usage % for fall ‘12 with 22,009 enrolled is 97.5% of total number of students
21,473
USE BY INDIVIDUAL
FACULTY/STAFF
82.75% of all those who teach use Blackboard for credit courses, fall ‘12
1,449
NUMBER OF CREDIT
COURSE SECTIONS
53.3% of all scheduled course sections among the 4,947 sections use Bb, fall ‘12
*Course ...
NUMBER OF COURSE
ENROLLMENTS
Approx. 4 courses that use Blackboard per student, fall ‘12
87,430
BLACKBOARD MOBILE
LEARN
App students can
install on their smart
phone or tablet to
access their
Blackboard course,
receive...
BLACKBOARD MOBILE
LEARN AT NIU
Logins by Day of the Week
24,276 unique users during past year
BLACKBOARD
COLLABORATE MOBILE
Available to NIU faculty since
released in 2012
Building Block update installed
to enabled r...
CENTER STAFF
NIU.EDU/FACDEV
niu.edu/facdev
@FACDEV
@facdev
NIU.EDU/BLACKBOARD
niu.edu/blackboard
TEACHING EFFECTIVENESS
INSTITUTE (TEI)
offered twice/year, typically f2f, sometimes invited speaker
MORE INFO ABOUT TEI AT
NIU
niu.edu/facdev/programs/history.shtml
1
2
WHY ONLINE TEI?
» Feedback from previous attendees asking for “online”
version
» Interest in exploring flexibility of the ...
F2F VS. ONLINE
ATTENDANCE – SP „13
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
Day 1 AM (F2F) Day 1 PM (F2F) Day 2 (Online)
Spring 2013 TEI Par...
SAVINGS…BY THE
NUMBERS
Average number of miles, round-trip, that would have been
driven by each participant
if everyone ha...
SAVINGS…BY THE
NUMBERS
Total number of miles, round-trip, that would have been
driven by participants if everyone had driv...
SAVINGS…BY THE
NUMBERS
Gallons of gasoline saved, assuming average mpg (23.8) of
average vehicle sold in U.S. in 2012 if e...
SAVINGS…BY THE
NUMBERS
Cost of gasoline saved, assuming cost of $3.93/gal. in the
DeKalb area
if everyone had stayed home
SAVINGS…BY THE
NUMBERS
Pounds of carbon dioxide emissions saved
if everyone had stayed home
SAVINGS…BY THE
NUMBERS
MODEL BEST PRACTICES
PRACTICES
NIU’s cross-
platform
strategy
Practices
Lessons
Learned
Next Steps
PICKED TOPIC
niu.edu/facdev/programs/20130111.shtml
USED BLACKBOARD
COMMUNITY
1
2
COMPLETELY
MOBILE-ACCESSIBLE
ROLES FOR STAFF
presenter,
live discussions,
discussion board
Dan
Cabrera
Jeff
Geronimo
Janet
Giesen
Tracy
Miller
Cherie
Q...
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
GIVE-AWAYS
CONSISTENT DESIGN
TEMPLATE
BADGE FOR
RECOGNITION
CUSTOM CLICKABLE
ICONS (48X48)
Recommended Mobile Apps
Links to Activities and Resources
Computer
System Check
Blackboard
...
AVAILABLE FOR ONGOING
CONVERSATIONS
ARCHIVES AVAILABLE OF
LIVE SESSIONS
SUMMARY OF DECISIONS
MADE
» Picked topic
» Used a community
» Chose to make entirely
mobile-accessible
» Decided on roles ...
PROCESS FOR
DESIGNING / DEVELOPING
» Built using mobile-friendly design practices
 Course fully-accessible via Bb Mobile ...
MOBLE-FRIENDLY
COURSE
MOBILE-FRIENDLY LIVE
SESSIONS
GUEST LINKS FOR BB
COLLABORATE
ONLINE AND MOBILE
ARCHIVES
FACILITATING STEPS
» Opened community 1 week early for preliminary access
and intro activities
» Used “Announcements” feat...
SHOWCASE COURSE
FEATURES
MOBILE PREVIEW –
SMART PHONE
youtu.be/kI993l4XPZE
MOBILE PREVIEW –
TABLET
youtu.be/ypZXhpL-xm0
ACCESS THE COURSE ON
COURSESITES
niufacdev.coursesites.com
DOWNLOAD COURSE AS
OER FROM COURSESITES
niufacdev.coursesites.com
ICONS AVAILABLE FOR
DOWNLOAD & REUSE
j.mp/icons4bb
Computer
System Check
Intro to Bb
Collaborate
Bb Collaborate
Live Sessi...
ICONS CREATED USING
GLYPHICONS FREE
glyphicons.com
LESSONS LEARNED
NIU’s cross-
platform
strategy
Practices
Lessons
Learned
Next Steps
FEEDBACK FROM
FACULTY PARTICIPANTS
“The online delivery of this subject
was critical to my understanding of
how it feels t...
FEEDBACK FROM
FACULTY PARTICIPANTS
“It was really convenient to have
this (institute) online, and I think it
showed what B...
FEEDBACK FROM
FACULTY PARTICIPANTS
“This was wonderful! The flow
was easy to handle and I stayed
engaged throughout the da...
FEEDBACK FROM
FACULTY PARTICIPANTS
of faculty participants indicated they would attend another
online institute in the fut...
LESSONS LEARNED
1) Online format was very successful
2) Raised awareness of potential for using cross-platform
strategy in...
LESSONS LEARNED
5) Have plan for managing time between live sessions (left
30 mins between live sessions, but hadn‟t plann...
NEXT STEPS
NIU’s cross-
platform
strategy
Practices
Lessons
Learned
Next Steps
NEXT STEPS
1) Repeat model in the future, build upon
2) Possibly reuse content / framework that could be
replicated using ...
QUESTIONS?
Jason
Rhode
Director of
Distributed
Learning
jrhode@niu.edu
@jrhode
Stephanie
Richter
Instructional
Technologie...
DOWNLOAD SESSION
SLIDES
slidesha.re/niupd13
NIU CASE STUDY
Download PDF from
j.mp/niubbcase
THANK YOU!
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BbWorldFeedback@blackboard.com
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For the very first time, Northern Illinois University offered in January 2013 a fully-online teaching effectiveness institute utilizing a combination of Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate, and Blackboard Mobile platforms. This cross-platform approach has proven to be very successful and provides a model for faculty to incorporate an integrated approach for implementing all three platforms in their teaching. In this session at BbWorld13 we will share NIU's cross-platform strategy, practices, and lessons learned that can be applied to any online professional development initiative.

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    1. 1. Offering Online Professional Development Using a Cross-Platform Strategy JASON RHODE Director of Distributed Learning STEPHANIE RICHTER Instructional Technologies Coordinator Northern Illinois University
    2. 2. ABOUT PRESENTERS JASON RHODE Director of Distributed Learning Northern Illinois University jrhode@niu.edu @jrhode STEPHANIE RICHTER Instructional Technologies Coordinator Northern Illinois University srichter@niu.edu @slrichter
    3. 3. 2013 CATALYST AWARD WINNING INITIATIVE 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Teaching and Learning Award 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Staff Development Award
    4. 4. SLIDES AND CONVERSATIONS slidesha.re/niupd13 #niupd @jrhode @slrichter
    5. 5. AGENDA NIU’s cross- platform strategy Practices Lessons Learned Next Steps
    6. 6. NIU‟S CROSS-PLATFORM STRATEGY NIU’s cross- platform strategy Practices Lessons Learned Next Steps
    7. 7. NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
    8. 8. ABOUT NIU » Main campus in DeKalb, IL located 65 miles West of Chicago » Total enrollment: 21,869 (Fall ‟12) » 1,185 instructional faculty » Student to faculty ratio: 18:1 » 39 academic departments; 57 undergraduate majors; 80 graduate programs » 95% of undergrads and 79% of grad students are from Illinois » 685 international students from 116 countries
    9. 9. BLACKBOARD USAGE AT NIU » 98% of students » 82% of instructional Faculty/Staff/TAs » 53% of course sections » 4 course sections per student on Blackboard As of Fall 2012:
    10. 10. USE BY INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS Usage % for fall ‘12 with 22,009 enrolled is 97.5% of total number of students 21,473
    11. 11. USE BY INDIVIDUAL FACULTY/STAFF 82.75% of all those who teach use Blackboard for credit courses, fall ‘12 1,449
    12. 12. NUMBER OF CREDIT COURSE SECTIONS 53.3% of all scheduled course sections among the 4,947 sections use Bb, fall ‘12 *Course sections range from face-to-face courses with online components to “online courses” 2,637
    13. 13. NUMBER OF COURSE ENROLLMENTS Approx. 4 courses that use Blackboard per student, fall ‘12 87,430
    14. 14. BLACKBOARD MOBILE LEARN App students can install on their smart phone or tablet to access their Blackboard course, receive notifications, and participate in course activities
    15. 15. BLACKBOARD MOBILE LEARN AT NIU Logins by Day of the Week 24,276 unique users during past year
    16. 16. BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE MOBILE Available to NIU faculty since released in 2012 Building Block update installed to enabled recently-released Android app
    17. 17. CENTER STAFF
    18. 18. NIU.EDU/FACDEV niu.edu/facdev
    19. 19. @FACDEV @facdev
    20. 20. NIU.EDU/BLACKBOARD niu.edu/blackboard
    21. 21. TEACHING EFFECTIVENESS INSTITUTE (TEI) offered twice/year, typically f2f, sometimes invited speaker
    22. 22. MORE INFO ABOUT TEI AT NIU niu.edu/facdev/programs/history.shtml 1 2
    23. 23. WHY ONLINE TEI? » Feedback from previous attendees asking for “online” version » Interest in exploring flexibility of the online delivery format » Opportunity to model collaborate online learning experience using available synchronous and asynchronous tools
    24. 24. F2F VS. ONLINE ATTENDANCE – SP „13 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Day 1 AM (F2F) Day 1 PM (F2F) Day 2 (Online) Spring 2013 TEI Participants 51 46 58
    25. 25. SAVINGS…BY THE NUMBERS Average number of miles, round-trip, that would have been driven by each participant if everyone had driven to campus
    26. 26. SAVINGS…BY THE NUMBERS Total number of miles, round-trip, that would have been driven by participants if everyone had driven to campus
    27. 27. SAVINGS…BY THE NUMBERS Gallons of gasoline saved, assuming average mpg (23.8) of average vehicle sold in U.S. in 2012 if everyone had stayed home
    28. 28. SAVINGS…BY THE NUMBERS Cost of gasoline saved, assuming cost of $3.93/gal. in the DeKalb area if everyone had stayed home
    29. 29. SAVINGS…BY THE NUMBERS Pounds of carbon dioxide emissions saved if everyone had stayed home
    30. 30. SAVINGS…BY THE NUMBERS
    31. 31. MODEL BEST PRACTICES
    32. 32. PRACTICES NIU’s cross- platform strategy Practices Lessons Learned Next Steps
    33. 33. PICKED TOPIC niu.edu/facdev/programs/20130111.shtml
    34. 34. USED BLACKBOARD COMMUNITY 1 2
    35. 35. COMPLETELY MOBILE-ACCESSIBLE
    36. 36. ROLES FOR STAFF presenter, live discussions, discussion board Dan Cabrera Jeff Geronimo Janet Giesen Tracy Miller Cherie Quillman Jason Rhode Stephanie Richter presenter, live discussions, discussion board, twitter host, moderator, live discussions, discussion board tech assistance, live tweeting @facdev, discussion board technical support, live discussions, logistics coordinator, presenter, live discussions, discussion board, twitter presenter, live discussions, discussion board, twitter
    37. 37. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
    38. 38. GIVE-AWAYS
    39. 39. CONSISTENT DESIGN TEMPLATE
    40. 40. BADGE FOR RECOGNITION
    41. 41. CUSTOM CLICKABLE ICONS (48X48) Recommended Mobile Apps Links to Activities and Resources Computer System Check Blackboard Mobile Learn Bb Collaborate Mobile NIU Mobile Intro to Bb Collaborate Bb Collaborate Live Sessions Discussion Blog Journal Wiki Tweets #niu #tei13 Presenters & Staff Download s Badge Online Archive Mobile Archive
    42. 42. AVAILABLE FOR ONGOING CONVERSATIONS
    43. 43. ARCHIVES AVAILABLE OF LIVE SESSIONS
    44. 44. SUMMARY OF DECISIONS MADE » Picked topic » Used a community » Chose to make entirely mobile-accessible » Decided on roles for staff » Additional resources » Give-aways » Used consistent design template for presentations » Offered “badge” for recognition » Available after institute for ongoing conversations » Archives available of all live sessions, accessible in community
    45. 45. PROCESS FOR DESIGNING / DEVELOPING » Built using mobile-friendly design practices  Course fully-accessible via Bb Mobile app  Activities in live sessions (avoided web tour, used polling)  Use of guest links for Bb Collaborate sessions to make it easier to access via mobile
    46. 46. MOBLE-FRIENDLY COURSE
    47. 47. MOBILE-FRIENDLY LIVE SESSIONS
    48. 48. GUEST LINKS FOR BB COLLABORATE
    49. 49. ONLINE AND MOBILE ARCHIVES
    50. 50. FACILITATING STEPS » Opened community 1 week early for preliminary access and intro activities » Used “Announcements” feature and email to notify participants about sessions » Used time availability feature to only show current sessions link in a content area » Online evaluation at the end of the institute » Online and mobile archives available
    51. 51. SHOWCASE COURSE FEATURES
    52. 52. MOBILE PREVIEW – SMART PHONE youtu.be/kI993l4XPZE
    53. 53. MOBILE PREVIEW – TABLET youtu.be/ypZXhpL-xm0
    54. 54. ACCESS THE COURSE ON COURSESITES niufacdev.coursesites.com
    55. 55. DOWNLOAD COURSE AS OER FROM COURSESITES niufacdev.coursesites.com
    56. 56. ICONS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD & REUSE j.mp/icons4bb Computer System Check Intro to Bb Collaborate Bb Collaborate Live Sessions Discussion Blog Journal Wiki Tweets #niu #tei13 Presenters & Staff Download s Badge Online Archive Mobile Archive
    57. 57. ICONS CREATED USING GLYPHICONS FREE glyphicons.com
    58. 58. LESSONS LEARNED NIU’s cross- platform strategy Practices Lessons Learned Next Steps
    59. 59. FEEDBACK FROM FACULTY PARTICIPANTS “The online delivery of this subject was critical to my understanding of how it feels to be the learner as well as the design required from a faculty perspective.”
    60. 60. FEEDBACK FROM FACULTY PARTICIPANTS “It was really convenient to have this (institute) online, and I think it showed what Blackboard Collaborate can do. I learned a lot and have new ideas for the upcoming semester.”
    61. 61. FEEDBACK FROM FACULTY PARTICIPANTS “This was wonderful! The flow was easy to handle and I stayed engaged throughout the day. I LOVED being able to attend from home.”
    62. 62. FEEDBACK FROM FACULTY PARTICIPANTS of faculty participants indicated they would attend another online institute in the future
    63. 63. LESSONS LEARNED 1) Online format was very successful 2) Raised awareness of potential for using cross-platform strategy in teaching and learning 3) Modeled many features of Bb Collaborate and Bb Mobile Learn 4) Need to plan better backups (have backup activities if there is a lull)
    64. 64. LESSONS LEARNED 5) Have plan for managing time between live sessions (left 30 mins between live sessions, but hadn‟t planned who would stay in the session to see that everyone was removed so archive could begin processing)
    65. 65. NEXT STEPS NIU’s cross- platform strategy Practices Lessons Learned Next Steps
    66. 66. NEXT STEPS 1) Repeat model in the future, build upon 2) Possibly reuse content / framework that could be replicated using mobile-friendly best practices 3) Consider other online formats (multi-day, extended conversations, etc.) 4) Perhaps have invited speakers present instead of our staff (save $ on travel expenses for invited speakers)
    67. 67. QUESTIONS? Jason Rhode Director of Distributed Learning jrhode@niu.edu @jrhode Stephanie Richter Instructional Technologies Coordinator srichter@niu.edu @slrichter
    68. 68. DOWNLOAD SESSION SLIDES slidesha.re/niupd13
    69. 69. NIU CASE STUDY Download PDF from j.mp/niubbcase
    70. 70. THANK YOU! If you would like to provide feedback for this session please email: BbWorldFeedback@blackboard.com The title of this session is: “Offering Online Professional Development…” JASON RHODE Director of Distributed Learning Northern Illinois University jrhode@niu.edu STEPHANIE RICHTER Instructional Technologies Coordinator Northern Illinois University srichter@niu.edu

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