With support from Blackboard’s global community, is partnering with Blackboard to bring you a faculty training webinar series entitled The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS). This program will bring best practices and evolved online pedagogy training to you in a concise and effective series consisting of four, 30-minute “snack-sized” training webinars that have been designed for faculty members and will be led by faculty members from higher ed institutions around the country.
It’s not enough just to port your offline classes into a course shell. This online modality affords an opportunity for greater connectedness, a stronger sense of classroom community, interaction between students for peer-to-peer learning and even greater educator efficiency; so you can spend more time teaching and less time dealing with administrative load.
Who should attend? All faculty members are invited to join, regardless of your technical know-how or experience using Blackboard or other learning management solutions. These webinars are designed to share innovative practices — content that is applicable to faculty of all levels and disciplines. See the schedule and register for the first BITS series below. Please note that space is limited for this webinar series.
The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series, Spring 2011
Theme: Student Engagement in the Online Classroom
Session #1 Strategies to Engage Students
This session examines how the course developer and instructor teach students writing strategies while employing the same strategies in “writing the course.”
• Time & Date: 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST, February 22, 2011
• Presenter: Carla Bradley, Faculty Member & Coordinator of Online Instructional Development, Ozarks Technical Community College
Session #2 Ten Ideas to Help Students be More Engaged in Online Classes
This session provides straight-forward methods on how to help your students be engaged in your online classroom.
• Time & Date: 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST, March 1, 2011
• Presenter: Judy Hammock, Faculty Member, University of Nevada, Reno
Session #3: Assessing Student Engagement for Continuous Course Improvement
This session shares broad strategies for monitoring and assessing engagement throughout your courses, as well as provides tips and tricks to implement quickly.
• Time & Date: 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST, March 8, 2011
• Presenter: Melissa Loble, Faculty Member, Pepperdine University and Blackboard Senior Director, Solutions Engineering
Session #4: Efficient Collaboration and Team Building in the Distance Learning Environment
This session explores strategies for efficiently promoting student collaboration and successfully building teams in the online environment.
• Time & Date: 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST, March 15, 2011
• Presenter: Donna Jones, Ed.D, Adjunct Professor and Blackboard Senior Pedagogical Advisor, Assessment
I hope that you will take advantage of this faculty webinar series to enhance your training on pedagogy that promotes both educator efficiency and improved learning outcomes in an online or blended delivery. Please note that space is limited