July Bb Learn Transition Team Progress Report

CSU Chico Bb Learn logoThe transition to Bb Learn continues apace, with July being particularly eventful regarding new developments.

Ann Steckel’s Communication Committee implemented the use of Quick Response (QR) codes to provide a direct link to the TLP’s Bb Learn web page via smartphone app. For more information on using QR codes, see the article “TLP begins using QR codes with Bb Learn Info” on the TLP Blog page.

TLP manager Laura Sederberg says, “A special shout-out to department chairs! TLP is offering customized training for your department’s instructors.” Upon request, TLP will provide a 90-minute department specific introduction workshop, Transition to Bb Learn, in the TLP lab (MLIB 002). Sederberg will coordinate with department chairs, or a designated faculty member, to customize a workshop so department faculty members can help one another by attending training as a group. TLP is encouraging and supporting faculty to launch Bb Learn courses for spring 2012, but only after some initial orientation and training. Contact Laura Sederberg directly about this offer at: lsederberg@csuchico.edu or x4326.

Scott Kodai reports that, “July has been a very busy month. Several DLT staff attended the Blackboard conference, where we learned quite a bit about Learn from more experienced schools and we all came back excited about the new system and the upcoming features on Blackboard’s product development roadmap. Our PeopleSoft integration is almost complete, most of the building blocks we’ll be running during the pilot are installed and configured, and our automated migration application (to move content from Vista to Learn) is working in production! The self-service application is progressing smoothly and should be available sometime during the fall semester. We are busy now tweaking final settings, figuring out how we want things displayed, tuning the application for peak performance, and resolving issues as they come up.”

Claudine Franquet’s training development team has “started running our Pilot faculty through our Transition to Blackboard Learn Workshop, and working on developing the second round of trainings for the campus” by applying the insights gained from the initial round of training and feedback from the Pilot group of instructors. Claudine and the TLP staff are working in conjunction with Laura Sederberg to offer Bb Learn training for all faculty by reservation and for entire department staff beginning in September.

In the TLP Faculty Empowerment Lab, student employees under the supervision of Peter DiFalco spent the month concentrating on developing best practice techniques for migrating courses from Vista to Bb Learn. Their efforts culminated in a series of presentations to and discussions with the TLP’s senior staff of Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs) regarding techniques that will make the transition to Bb Learn as seamless and efficient as possible for faculty and students alike.

~ story by student staff Carey Wilson

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