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bit.ly/nercomp_bbfall15
Speakers
Kaitlin Walsh
Instructional Designer/Technologist
American International College
@theotherkait
Jeremy Anderson
Ma...
About AIC
Let’s Get Some Demographics
What is your position? Fac/Staff/Admin
What is your experience with badges?
What is your exper...
Badges
What are badges?
Award tokens for…
Accomplishment
Milestone
Competency
Achievement Types in Bb
Milestone – badge
Course completion – certificate
Custom – badge, certificate, both
How do they work?
Validate achievement
Issue credential
Share
Validation Types in Bb
Attempt
Grade
Manual Grade Center column
Marked reviewed
Group membership
Sharing Credentials
Saved in Bb course
Mozilla Open Backpack
Challenges
Knowing OL Students are Ready
Tech skills
School policies
Support services
Knowing Our Support Staff is Ready
Faculty LMS
Student LMS
Other tech
Knowing OL Faculty are Ready
• Early version of certification: participants did readings on
pedagogy, took tests, built co...
What was missing? Knowledge of Bb
• “I know Blackboard” =
• “I used Blackboard as an undergrad”
• “I used Blackboard as an...
What was missing? AIC Policies
• How to submit grades?
• Where to send students for help?
• What counts as attendance?
BB Badges
Faculty Certification: Three Tracks
BlackboardandTechnology
Skills
• Logging in
• Adding Content
• Communicating
• Assessm...
Bb and Technology Skills
• Create two folders and add an item or link to each.
• Make a course available.
• Post a welcome...
Bb and Tech Skills
• Read docs/watch
videos and mark as
reviewed.
• Complete assignment
checklist for regular or
alternati...
Online and Blended Pedagogy
• Quiz: Getting to Know the Online Environment
• Develop Course Matrix and Module List
• Discu...
Course Matrix
Module # ______ Module Title: Module Description:
Module Goals
Specific & measurable
statement of what
stude...
Discussion: Adapting a F2F Activity
Why the overlap?
Blackboard Track
• Knowing the steps OL & Blended
Pedagogy Track
• Understanding the theory
AIC Policies and Procedures
Readings
• Teaching Online at AIC
• Course Development, QA &
Maintenance
• Communication,Atten...
Final Assignments
• Syllabus reflecting online
policies
• Create Welcome Message/Bio
in About the Instructor section
• Cre...
Tracking
I feel confident about teaching an online or
blended course at AIC (before)
13.64%
22.73%
45.46%
13.64%
4.55%
Strongly Agr...
I feel confident about teaching an
online or blended course at AIC (After)
50.00%
37.50%
12.50%
Strongly Agree
Agree
Neith...
What participants are saying…
“I did learn a lot in
the course, more
than I expected.”
“The course was
very valuable to me...
New OL Student Orientation
New Support Staff Training
Faculty
Certification
Bb Badge*
Student
Orientation
Bb Badge
Blackboard
Support
Certification
New Support Staff Training
Helpdesk Training
• Enrolled as students
• Review videos and help docs
• Complete student tasks...
Lessons
Lessons Learned Still Learning
• “Does this course count?”
• 1:1 meetings vs. office hours vs. webinars
• Budgeting time t...
Thank you!
Questions?
#NercompPDO4
bit.ly/nercomp_bbfall15
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Making Faculty Training More Agile with Blackboard Badges

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As colleges increase their online course offerings, so does the need to train faculty to transition to the online format. Also, with a number of these online courses being taught by adjuncts who work full time or teach elsewhere, perhaps the biggest challenge is finding the time to complete the training. How do we cover the points they need to know in the little time they have? And how do we make the training relevant or meaningful to those who have had previous training elsewhere?

At American International College, we sought to address these challenges by using a competency-based badge system to support our training program for faculty teaching online. Faculty complete tasks to demonstrate their mastery of Blackboard skills, online pedagogy and AIC policies and procedures, with each set of tasks leading to a badge. Faculty who already have experience in these areas can demonstrate their competencies in alternate methods to earn their badges. This presentation will provide an overview of AIC’s redeveloped training program for faculty teaching online. We will address considerations of structure and implementation, as well as the benefits for full- and part-time faculty.

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Making Faculty Training More Agile with Blackboard Badges

  1. 1. #NercompPDO4 bit.ly/nercomp_bbfall15
  2. 2. Speakers Kaitlin Walsh Instructional Designer/Technologist American International College @theotherkait Jeremy Anderson Manager of Academic Computing American International College
  3. 3. About AIC
  4. 4. Let’s Get Some Demographics What is your position? Fac/Staff/Admin What is your experience with badges? What is your experience with Bb badges? What are you trying to solve with badges?
  5. 5. Badges
  6. 6. What are badges? Award tokens for… Accomplishment Milestone Competency
  7. 7. Achievement Types in Bb Milestone – badge Course completion – certificate Custom – badge, certificate, both
  8. 8. How do they work? Validate achievement Issue credential Share
  9. 9. Validation Types in Bb Attempt Grade Manual Grade Center column Marked reviewed Group membership
  10. 10. Sharing Credentials Saved in Bb course Mozilla Open Backpack
  11. 11. Challenges
  12. 12. Knowing OL Students are Ready Tech skills School policies Support services
  13. 13. Knowing Our Support Staff is Ready Faculty LMS Student LMS Other tech
  14. 14. Knowing OL Faculty are Ready • Early version of certification: participants did readings on pedagogy, took tests, built content in Blackboard. • Alternate version: take test, submit portfolio of existing work (doesn’t necessarily have to be in Blackboard). • Focus was on knowledge/understanding of online pedagogy.
  15. 15. What was missing? Knowledge of Bb • “I know Blackboard” = • “I used Blackboard as an undergrad” • “I used Blackboard as an instructor ten years ago” • “I know what Blackboard is (but that doesn’t mean I know how to use it)” • “I know Canvas, so that must be the same, right?” • Can work through pedagogy, but have no understanding of how to navigate Blackboard. ?
  16. 16. What was missing? AIC Policies • How to submit grades? • Where to send students for help? • What counts as attendance?
  17. 17. BB Badges
  18. 18. Faculty Certification: Three Tracks BlackboardandTechnology Skills • Logging in • Adding Content • Communicating • Assessments • Grading & Feedback OnlineandBlended Pedagogy • Getting to KnowOL Environment • Planning Your Course • Building Presence/ Engagement • Assessing, Grading, Feedback AICPoliciesandProcedures • Policies & Procedures • Admin & Support Resources
  19. 19. Bb and Technology Skills • Create two folders and add an item or link to each. • Make a course available. • Post a welcome announcement. • Use Big Blue Button or Skype for Business. • Add an assignment and discussion forum. • Grade and provide feedback on a sample paper. • Set up a weighted total column in the Grade Center. • Alternative Assignments: Provide a screenshot or course ID of a course where you have completed these tasks previously.
  20. 20. Bb and Tech Skills • Read docs/watch videos and mark as reviewed. • Complete assignment checklist for regular or alternative assignments. • Upload a screenshot of their work with Big Blue Button or Skype OR answer questions about the tool.
  21. 21. Online and Blended Pedagogy • Quiz: Getting to Know the Online Environment • Develop Course Matrix and Module List • Discussions: Evaluating OER and Converting F2F Assignments • Develop an introductory activity. • Add readings, assignments, activities and rubrics for two modules. • Alternative Assignments: Provide a screenshot or course ID for a course where you have completed these tasks previously (course building assignments only).
  22. 22. Course Matrix Module # ______ Module Title: Module Description: Module Goals Specific & measurable statement of what students will do or “get” Course Goal Addressed Broad statement of what students learn by end of course Assessment Method to demonstrate mastery of an outcome or objective Activity Tool to drive learning by engaging students with content Resource Material that students review & use to complete activities
  23. 23. Discussion: Adapting a F2F Activity
  24. 24. Why the overlap? Blackboard Track • Knowing the steps OL & Blended Pedagogy Track • Understanding the theory
  25. 25. AIC Policies and Procedures Readings • Teaching Online at AIC • Course Development, QA & Maintenance • Communication,Attendance & Grading • Administrative & Support Resources Quizzes • AIC Policies and Procedures • AIC Administrative and Support Resources • No Alternative Assignments
  26. 26. Final Assignments • Syllabus reflecting online policies • Create Welcome Message/Bio in About the Instructor section • Create Course Tour and post in Announcements • Alternative Assignments: Provide a screenshot or course ID for a course where you have completed these tasks previously.
  27. 27. Tracking
  28. 28. I feel confident about teaching an online or blended course at AIC (before) 13.64% 22.73% 45.46% 13.64% 4.55% Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree
  29. 29. I feel confident about teaching an online or blended course at AIC (After) 50.00% 37.50% 12.50% Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree
  30. 30. What participants are saying… “I did learn a lot in the course, more than I expected.” “The course was very valuable to me in building confidence to better my courses in a more creative way. Thank you.”“Great course! Easy to follow prompts and modules! Thank you for your help along the way!”
  31. 31. New OL Student Orientation
  32. 32. New Support Staff Training Faculty Certification Bb Badge* Student Orientation Bb Badge Blackboard Support Certification
  33. 33. New Support Staff Training Helpdesk Training • Enrolled as students • Review videos and help docs • Complete student tasks • Submit instructor task checklists Helpdesk Sandbox • Enrolled as instructors • Complete instructor tasks • Keep access to Sandbox to use later for support
  34. 34. Lessons
  35. 35. Lessons Learned Still Learning • “Does this course count?” • 1:1 meetings vs. office hours vs. webinars • Budgeting time to start the training • Students: who to enroll & when • Students: who tracks & how is data used
  36. 36. Thank you! Questions? #NercompPDO4 bit.ly/nercomp_bbfall15

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