Edit your files easier with the new Blackboard Drive software

Managing and editing your online course files is about to get a lot easier with a brand new tool available free to faculty called Blackboard Drive. Available for Mac and PC, Bb Drive gives you direct access to your Blackboard Learn content collection files as if they were on your computer, making it extremely convenient to update course documents with the originating software. Editing an existing document in Bb Learn by using Microsoft Word, would be an example.
You can read more and find out how to install Bb Drive at https://wiki.csuchico.edu/confluence/x/rIsdAw. Look for an upcoming Bb Learn Spotlight presentation to see Bb Drive in action. The time and date for this presentation will be listed on the TLP webpage.

Blackboard Learn Update for Spring 2012

After a successful pilot with 14 faculty during the Fall semester, it’s full steam ahead as the newest version of Blackboard Learn is rolling out across campus. After a pretty rocky start to the semester when Bb Learn had some technical issues and strained under a record usage level, the system is now performing well and reliably for our campus, thanks to incredible effort by staff across Information Resources. Over 440 faculty have attended TLP’s workshops, and there are 630 courses being taught in Blackboard Learn this semester involving more than 11,000 students.

If you haven’t had a chance to see what a course looks like or what kind of new features you can look forward to in Blackboard Learn, be sure to watch one of the Spotlight Session videos on YouTube where Chico State faculty demonstrate their favorite aspects of Bb Learn, such as the improved tools for course organization, the Grade Center, and group projects: http://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/learn/spotlight.shtml. New spotlights are coming up and will be announced soon.

Beyond the improvements mentioned above, more new features and enhancements are coming to Blackboard Learn. On the horizon are an overhauled text editor and better ways to connect Bb Learn and Web 2.0 tools, so stay tuned as Blackboard Learn evolves!

 

Academy e-Learning Cohort 4 to Focus on GE Pathways

AeL Logo
The 2012 Academy e-Learning (AeL) Cohort Four will focus on participation by those teaching GE Pathway courses. Meetings are being held in February 2012 to orient teams to AeL topics and plans for the June institute. The purpose of AeL is to bring faculty together with colleagues to discuss how they teach, how students learn, and how educators can enhance learning by better engaging students with content and each another. A common misconception about AeL is that technology is often cited as its key component. Instead, rethinking how faculty teach and investigating innovative pedagogies that utilize current and emerging technologies are the focus. Ultimately both go hand in hand to build bridges between better classroom solutions and lifelong learning.

The curriculum for the AeL program has evolved since its inaugural roll out in 2009. Initially the Chico AeL support team members, drawing on the research of the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT), designed a curriculum for a three-week intensive workshop experience. Cornerstones of the program still involve sessions where faculty are encouraged to try new technologies and pedagogies and share what works and what doesn’t. Experimentation is stressed. Additionally, AeL Cohort members from the first three years are now sharing their wisdom, trials and successes with faculty new to the AeL community. This dialogue enriches conversations around how to best engage students in learning.

If you are interested to learn more, visit the website, or contact Laura Sederberg at x4326. Applications for teams are due by March 16, 2012 to your Dean.

Schedule of February events sponsored by TLP

The Technology and Learning Program is pleased to sponsor the following upcoming events for all faculty and staff who wish to join us:

iPad User Group Monthly Meeting
February 22 at 11:00 a.m. in Studio A
View our shared iPad bookmarks on the TLP Knowledge Base

Educause West/Southwest Online Regional Conference
February 22–24, various times daily in Studio A and MLIB 002
See the full schedule of online sessions on our blog

 

Experimental Mediated Classroom in Meriam Library

Recently an experimental mediated classroom has been created on the fourth floor of Meriam Library. MLIB 442 has been outfitted with seven “pods” that allow students to share their laptop or tablet displays on LCD TV screens. The pods which seat six people, can be used to enhance student engagement and group collaboration. Currently four faculty are piloting the use of this classroom. MLIB 442 is open during the day so faculty can stop by to take a look when classes are not in session. For more information, photos and the room schedule, please see the the Classroom Technology website.

image of mediated classroom

MLIB 442

TLP Presents the Educause Regional Conference Online, Feb. 22-24

EDUCAUSE West/Southwest Regional Conference
February 22-24, 2012 • Portland, Oregon and Online

“Engaging Everyone Effectively”
How do we effectively engage in teaching and learning on our campuses and beyond campus as technology shrinks time and distance? In the spirit of this year’s conference theme, Engaging Everyone Effectively, we will look at ways to collaborate, lead, and assess IT’s role within higher ed as it continues to evolve. Join your colleagues and leaders in the higher ed IT community as we explore the many facets of IT engagement.

Wednesday February 22, 2012

Wed. Feb. 22 at 1:00 p.m. in Studio A
Coming Soon to Campus: The New “Free Agent” Learner—Are You Ready?
http://www.educause.edu/WSWRC12/Program/GS02

Wed Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m. in Studio A
Incorporating Ethical Issues into Marketing Studies: Using Technology to Create Analytical Methodology
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC12/SESS05

Wed. Feb. 22 at 3:20 p.m. in Studio A
Expert Discussion Session: Authoring with ANVILL (A National Virtual Language Lab)
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC12/SESS05

Wed. Feb 22 at 3:45 p.m. in Studio A
Engaging Your Community Online: A Success Story
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC12/SESS08

Wed. Feb. 22 at 4:45 p.m. in Studio A
Ideas Labs: Breaking Down the Silos
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC12/SESS39

Thursday February 23, 2012

Thurs. Feb. 23 at 8:30 a.m. in MLIB 002
Engagement with Social Media in Politically Charged Times: Making Learning Relevant with Technology
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC12/SESS13

Thurs. Feb. 23 at 9:30 a.m. in MLIB 002
Breaking the Distance Barrier: Educating Rural Nurses Where They Practice
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC12/SESS17

Thurs. Feb. 23 at 10:20 a.m. in MLIB 002
Effectively Engaging Teachers and Learners through Universal Design for Learning
CSU, Brett Christie in Q&A
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC122/OL05

Thurs. Feb. 23 at 10:45 a.m. in MLIB 002
Back from the Brink: Reconstructing an Organizational Social Media Presence
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC12/SESS19

Thurs Feb. 23 at 11:45 a.m. in MLIB 002
Higher Ed at the Margins
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC12/SESS24

Thurs. Feb. 23 at 12:35 p.m. in Studio A
Collaboration and Technology: Scaffolding for Online Student Success
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC122/OL06

Thurs. Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m. in Studio A
The Truth Is Out There: Social Media for Teaching and Learning
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC122/OL07

Thurs. Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. in Studio A
Vocabulary Building across the Disciplines: An E-Reader Initiative
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC12/SESS26

Thurs. Feb 23 at 3:20 p.m. in Studio A
Lightning Round: Online Learning:

  • A 3D Rubric for Creating and Auditing Online Courses: Criteria and Methods to Guide Course Development Efforts
  • Collaborating with Wikipedians, “the Weirdest People on the Internet”
  • Digital Learning: Teaching Information Literacy through LibGuides

http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC122/OL08

Thurs. Feb 23 at 4:05 p.m. in Studio A
Expert Discussion Session: Online Speaker Skills and Resources:

  • Online Speaker Skills
  • EDUCAUSE Speaker Concierge Service

http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC122/OL09

Thurs. Feb. 23 at 4:40 p.m. in Studio A
Expert Discussion Session: Real Places, Virtual Spaces: Cibola as a Hispanic and Portuguese Island
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC122/OL13

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fri. Feb. 24 at 8:30 a.m. in MLIB 002
Learner Engagement with Lecture Capture
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC12/SESS34

Fri. Feb. 24 at 9:30 a.m. in MLIB 002
Sherpa: Increasing Student Success with a Recommendation Engine
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC12/SESS44

Fri. Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. in MLIB 002
The Obviousness of Open Policy
http://www.educause.edu/events/WSWRC12/GS01

TLP Presents Educause e-Learning Initiative Online Sessions

Chico State is registered next week Feb. 13 -15th for these excellent online EDUCAUSE Sessions from the Annual ELI Conference (held in Austin, TX). We will be streaming the following program in Studio A noted below, all times are Pacific Time. Topics include Mobile Learning, Learner and Academic Analytics, STEM, Emerging Technologies, etc. Please join us and/or forward this message to people in your departments where it is relevant.

Studio A is located in the basement of Meriam Library.

MONDAY

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 in Studio A at 8:00am
Creating an Inclusive Mobile Strategy for the Millennial Learner
http://www.educause.edu/ELI122/Program/SEM01?tz_select=America%2FLos_Angeles

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 in Studio A at 12:45pm
Open Academic Analytics Initiative: Leveraging Openness to Improve Learner Success
http://www.educause.edu/ELI12/Program/SESS03

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 in Studio A at 2:00pm
You Get What You Measure, So What Are We Measuring? A Panel Debate on Learning Analytics
http://www.educause.edu/ELI12/Program/FS02

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 in Studio A at 3:15pm
The Horizon Report
http://www.educause.edu/ELI12/Program/GS02

TUESDAY


Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 in Studio A at 6:30am
Transforming Higher Education with Emerging Technologies
http://www.educause.edu/ELI12/Program/GS03

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 in Studio A at 7:35am (20 minutes reflecting on the speakers earlier presentations)
Interviews and Interactive Q&A for the session “Collaboration Tools: Provisioning the New Learning Ecosystem”
http://www.educause.edu/ELI122/Program/OL05

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 in Studio A at 8:00am
Evaluating Next Generation Learning Challenges: Blended Learning in a Scaled-Up Environment
Learning Objectives:

  • Identify strategies used to implement blended learning effectively on campus
  • Identify evaluation measures and targeted outcomes for determining the effectiveness and success of blended learning initiatives
  • Identify issues related to successfully scaling and evaluating blended learning on campus

http://www.educause.edu/ELI12/Program/SESS10

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 in Studio A at 9:30am
Making the Most of What We Have: The Upside-Down Learning Model
Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze institutional approaches to the upside down blended model
  • Identify blended/ mobile strategies for anytime learning and communication
  • Discover new work in tracking, sorting, and applying learner performance analytics

http://www.educause.edu/ELI12/Program/SESS13

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 in Studio A at 11:30am
Collaboration Tools: Provisioning the New Learning Ecosystem
http://www.educause.edu/ELI12/Program/FS05

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 in Studio A at 12:35pm
Expert Discussion Session: Using Social Media to Leverage Your Professional Networks
http://www.educause.edu/ELI122/Program/OL08

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 in Studio A at 2:35pm
Lightning Round: Learning Analytics
http://www.educause.edu/ELI122/Program/OL14


WEDNESDAY

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 in Studio A at 6:00am
Establishing Metrics for mLearning
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how m-learning is unique and differs from e-learning and other teaching and learning with technology strategies and initiatives
  • Recognize the wide variety of potential applications of mobile technology and m-learning throughout the university setting, from academic, to administrative, to social, and beyond
  • Demonstrate how m-learning and mobile initiatives require a unique set of assessment tools designed to evaluate specific uses that are separate yet inherently tied to broader learning objectives
  • Understand how to contribute to the development of a common set of m-learning assessment metrics and tools

http://www.educause.edu/ELI12/Program/SESS22

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 in Studio A at 7:30am
The Catalyst Initiative: Making STEM Education Globally Available Online
http://www.educause.edu/ELI12/Program/FS08

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 in Studio A at 8:45am
Sharing and Protecting Ideas and Knowledge in the 21st Century
http://www.educause.edu/ELI12/Program/GS04