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Upgrading is Not an Uphill Battle: How NIU Easily Transitioned to Blackboard Collaborate


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Upgrading is Not an Uphill Battle: How NIU Easily Transitioned to Blackboard Collaborate

  1. 1. Upgrading is Not an Uphill Battle: How NIU Easily Transitioned to Blackboard @jrhode
  2. 2. Jason Rhode Assistant Director Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center @jrhode
  3. 3. Journey Begins…with WimbaInquiry 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 8/08 9/08 @jrhode
  4. 4. Blackboard Collaborate @ 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• Pre-admissions counseling with prospective students• Faculty Development online & simulcast @jrhode
  5. 5. Transitioning to Bb Collaborate @ 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 @jrhode
  6. 6. Faculty Previews of Bb @jrhode
  7. 7. Feature @jrhode
  8. 8. Faculty
  9. 9. 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% @jrhode
  10. 10. How long do you make archives available? 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% @jrhode
  11. 11. How do you feel about these features in Bb Collaborate, 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% @jrhode
  12. 12. How important are these features in WC, not currently 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% @jrhode
  13. 13. More at Bb Collaborate @ @jrhode
  14. 14. White @jrhode