Training for those who will lead the first wave of instructors transitioning to the Blackboard Learn learning management system (LMS) began this week in the Technology and Learning Program’s (TLP) faculty training lab here at Chico State.
Kathy Saville of Marshall University in West Virginia, who has worked with Bb Learn since its inception in 2009, demonstrated some of the new and improved functionality including the Grading Center, which is “easier to use, with more capabilities” than the currently employed Vista system. She also introduced Bb Learn’s wiki tool, which adds a new level of interactive capability to the LMS.
During her two-day training, Saville emphasized that Bb Learn is “similar to Vista, so the transition [to Bb Learn] is relatively easy, but there are enough differences that getting hands on experience is valuable.”
Saville also said that the staff at Marshall University has been “very pleased with the way Blackboard has worked with and taken input from its users. It’s almost like a team, in the way that the vendor has listened to us.”
Attendees of the training sessions included TLP’s staff of Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs), DLT’s application administrators, as well as staff from Butte College and Sacramento State, who will be passing along their knowledge to the first wave of CSU Chico instructors transitioning to Bb Learn in the Fall 2011 pilot program.
article by TLP student staff Carey Wilson