Bb Collaborate Listening Session

Bb Collaborate Listening Session

Q. Will the login numbers continue to be lodged in VA, any interest in an 800 number?
No, and if ever it won’t come without a cost

Q. Difficulties with the assessment features?
Long answer, but one of the points is that all tools will come under one support unit — streamlining,

Q. Support in the evening and weekends is lacking. People get a “leave a message” notes, and the calls are not answered
We are experiencing trouble with the evening and weekend staff. Should feel frescalate.
aFollow-up: When we have a problem =now= we’re not getting help. Answer: same as above.
Me: How is this an acceptable answer? It doesn’t help our Art professor who needed — and didn’t get — immediate help.
Me: we have answer sheets for our staff, why don’t they?

Q: Get Rid of Java
A: Oh yeah, we know about the issue. They’ve asked the demo team and suggest that the developers have put that on the fast track

Q: Can I use the document camera in the whiteboard? — Not answered (because they concentrated on the first part of the question, above).

A; Students who are kicked off can’t get back on in good time
B: these might be network traffic issue, and you should look into network optimization, but we’ll look into it.

Note — check out the latest building block. Browsing local data is easier, lessening the need for preloading

Note: Have users convert PPT presentations to whiteboard format

Had to leave early to prepare for my own session :-(

Keynote: Sagata Mitra

Sugata Mitra:
Polymath who conceived the Computer in a Wall concept (see link below)

Put up a computer and they will come

And they will learn

They taught themselves English so they could learn

Girls organized into female-only groups

Kids developed a pedagogy

The grandmother approach – praise

In England where he teaches he asked for volunteer grandmothers and got 200 volunteers in the first week. Now he has the Grandmother cloud!

‘They learn because I’m not there.”

The term – “self organized learning environments”

I was too wrapped up in the talk to take good notes, but these links convey more information than I ever could!

School in the Cloud

http://t.co/FKUsO5Hlwq

Hole in the Wall not com

http://t.co/ITkSuNvGZV

Grannys in the Cloud

http://t.co/IyjITzORyH

TED Profile

http://t.co/gCDNU7gcYm

A planned documentary on Mitra’s work

http://t.co/qjAm7Xp7ul

Keynote: Corporate

Corporate Keynote

Keywords: Choice – Innovation – Access

Bb supports multiple learning systems.

Support (such as it is) for all learning systems.

Integrating open education standards into products . . . theoretically?

Learning object repository (xplor): search, create and manage content. Can be accessed from anyone of the different learning standards – But we love Merlot?

Create Content within Xplor: pages, files, links, assmnts, assignments, discussion & ext. tools

Access to content partnerships by faculty in an easy to use way.
McGraw Hill Publisher; Pearson (My labs) My math labs serves 4.5 million (?) students/year; Wiley Plus; Cengage learning integration; Learning.com K-12; VitalSource (digital catalog)

Support keywords: Openness – Transparency – Quality

And the survey says:
All time highs in issue resolution, usability, quality

Enterprise course evaluation and surveys to be added to Learn w/out charge

Both text & text-to-voice notifications, 2-way (from course to phone and phone to course) messaging

Text delivery from courses available soon

Collaborate – improved integration with Learn

Announces Collaborate mobile for Fall, but I have the mobile app on my iPad right now . . . anyway, linked to grade center

Another Fall launch: Blackboard Social – best part is that it is not bound up within Bb but is really, apparently, Social! Shared out.
Social Learning

Blackboard Mobile — see my notes from the Mobile session, also in this blog

Collaborate Listening Session

Bb Collaborate Listening Session

Q. Will the login numbers continue to be lodged in VA, any interest in an 800 number?
No, and if ever it won’t come without a cost

Q. Difficulties with the assessment features?
Long answer, but one of the points is that all tools will come under one support unit — streamlining,

Q. Support in the evening and weekends is lacking. People get a “leave a message” notes, and the calls are not answered
We are experiencing trouble with the evening and weekend staff. Should feel frescalate.
aFollow-up: When we have a problem =now= we’re not getting help. Answer: same as above.
Me: How is this an acceptable answer? It doesn’t help our Art professor who needed — and didn’t get — immediate help.
Me: we have answer sheets for our staff, why don’t they?

Q: Get Rid of Java
A: Oh yeah, we know about the issue. They’ve asked the demo team and suggest that the developers have put that on the fast track

Q: Can I use the document camera in the whiteboard? — Not answered (because they concentrated on the first part of the question, above).

A; Students who are kicked off can’t get back on in good time
B: these might be network traffic issue, and you should look into network optimization, but we’ll look into it.

Note — check out the latest building block. Browsing local data is easier, lessening the need for preloading

Note: Have users convert PPT presentations to whiteboard format

Had to leave early to get to the closing keynote ;-(

Making Bb Beautiful –

Weds Morning

 

Making Bb Beautiful –

Strayer U. Russ Bazydlo
russell.bazydlpo@strayer.edu 

When he started the home tab was a mess, but he used Bb to make the site more clear and to brand it. Use the tab level to deliver most of the content

Their institution is different than many, in that much the rest of us use classes to deliver information There are no resources that teach this customization

Bb is a module-based system CSS Class Selectors Bb gives you the CSS, but there are 15,000 lines of code He created a single style sheet

Nested in in Theme.css => created

When you update it you need to zip the entire folder and load it We’d have to develop in the test system and it will take all semester for refinement and approval

Their central module points to an interactive story line

“div class=<CLASS selector>”

The interactive modules feature story lines and would require, at my school, cooperation with the video group of IRT. 

They integrated w/ Skillsoft, nice to know buy not relevant to my school

Content Collection usage — all the document and graphics for any given area are stored in the content collection

A lot of people are using cell phones to take pictures of the slides, but I don’t see any of them taking notes.  After another dozen sessions how are they gong to make sense of all the graphics in the absence of context?

Keynote: Clay Shirky

Blackboard Opening Keynote

235 sessions

2,500 attendees

Bhatt – what we’ve been doing for the last seven months – his talk tomorrow will center around three pillars: Accelerating, Integrating, Innovating

Clay Shirky 

DARPA sends up ten red balloons that land in ten different places in the US.  There is an award.  Only the MIT team identified all the locations.  MIT found the balloons in nine hours – a far shorter time than DARPA had allotted. Cognitive Surplus – http://bit.ly/a7vViO

Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/lAgJV

DARPA: http://bit.ly/nwnzSB 

Measured the time it took to create the content in Wikipedia –

  • To create Wikipedia: 10 million
  • The time Americans watch TV/year 200 billion
  • See some TV stats – http://bit.ly/LX5f97

So divert the TV time just incrementally and think of the possible production increase.

 

TED Talk – Clay Shirky on How cognitive surplus will change the world

 http://bit.ly/99agOS

Student opens a Facebook study group and is prosecuted by Ryerson University – article:
http://bit.ly/151nLJ0

 

The music industry (Napster) and education and everything else needs to negotiate the change with technology.

 

Digital data –
Digital Public Library of America – http://dp.la

“When did students become our frenemies?”

“The old distinction between class notes and publication can go away.”

There are likely ten year olds who are global publishers.  Distributed education, communication, discourse.

We are facing a university system that is about to be reshaped by student demand

Educational institutions need to be door openers and gatekeepers when it comes to students innovating how they learn

Shirky’s TED Talk portfolio – http://bit.ly/1mX6D

 

 

Bb Mobile Keynote

Bb World Mobile Keynote

Keywords:
Personal, easy, now

Mobile is Pervasive and mandatory

• 2005 – No mobile apps at the inauguration of the former pope
• 2012 – nothing but mobile apps at the inauguration of the current pope
• People check their devices 50 times a day
• Nomophobia – the fear of being out of mobile phone contact – this is real, and is compared with a dentist appointment or wedding day jitters. I think that the comparison of wd jitters and the dentist is the significant point!
• Smartphones – younger people have as many or more smartphones than older people who make a lot of money. And that is the future

Vid of baby trying to swipe a magazine page – she learned swiping and wants to use it everywhere!

Potty training iPad app – see these links
• http://pc.nick.com/r89DzJ
• http://bit.ly/12WE5HN

Mobile is important to all learners, including adults – picture of older students using mobile apps.

Blackboard MyConnect – makes it easy personalize user experience
http://bit.ly/12fY5pO

Blackboard Mobile Learn
http://bit.ly/1a9kw5r

BML 4.0 is coming out later this summer – will provide a more personalized experience.

Polls By Bb does away with clickers. Started out as a mobile feature, but now will work on a tablet or desktop.

http://bbpolls.com — this is a beta product – not ready for prime time – users can’t see the vote responses.

TipTXT – a product created only for mobile devices – Bb supplies to k-12 for free – stop bullying
http://bit.ly/Zvtnx2

Blackboard Mobile Central is becoming Blackboard Mosaic:
https://mymosaic.com/

“a revolutionary product that enables you to rapidly implement your evolving mobile strategy on your schedule. Mosaic is the only solution that pairs the value of a web-based management system with the expertise of our Client Solutions Team to help you create the best app for your community – in a matter of hours, not months.”

Mosaic by features:
http://bit.ly/1blTUjg

Keywords:
Personal, easy, now

Center for Teaching & Learning w/ Technology

Stress on pedagogy; concentration on classroom needs
with focused, proactive academic support

The Center for Teaching and Learning Technology (CTLT), located in room 120k of the Cheng Library, is focused on providing dynamic consultation in pedagogy and technology and offering instructional design and development services for faculty members at William Paterson University.

CTLT Roundtables (Fall 2013)

Academic Integrity
An open discussion academic integrity in both online blended courses and will explore strategies to curtail cheating.

Active Learning
Participants in this seminar will then benefits and the tools of teaching in an active learning environment.

Converting courses to the online environmentCTLT Gears
This offering comprises a mentoring relationship in which instructional technologists work one-on-one with faculty to convert traditionally-taught class to its online counterpart.  Mentoring is ongoing as long as needed, but positions are limited.

Course Design
A well-designed course will optimize student learning and engagement for conceptual mastery. By reviewing a course design model, the participants will get a big picture of a process of making a complete course design.

Effective Online Discussions
Participants of this discussion will learn how to create more engaging and interactive online experiences in traditional and online courses. Topics will include the integration of multimedia (including student-created audio and video) and the use of social media tools.

Flipping a Class
“Flipped classes” refers a method of teaching which puts student engagement at the center of the learning process. In this seminar, participants will explore the pros and cons of using flipped classes in various disciplines along with strategies for doing so.

Motivating Online Learners
Motivation is sustained by support and feedback.  In this session we’ll discuss both the importance of feedback and some strategies for deploying it in the online environment.

New Faculty Tech Orientation
New faculty will learn how to successfully navigate tools including banner, blackboard, voice mail and email. Best of all, new faculty will learn what help resources are at their disposal.

Web Conferencing
Learn to use the Collaborate web conferencing software for teaching, meetings, interviews and so much more.

For more information please contact Robert Harris:

harrisr@wpunj.edu – Cheng Library 120h – 973.720.2451