Flipped Classrooms at Blackboard Faculty Day

Another successful Blackboard Faculty Day was held on September 23rd throughout the day. Over thirty faculty members attended workshops on flipped classrooms, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program, and Blackboard Portfolios. The session that got the most attention was on Flipped Classrooms. Here’s a recap of what  was covered. The ideal flipped classroom is student centered […]

Leveraging the Many, Many Learning Resources of Lynda.com

That's a lot of search results for Excel!

I was having a conversation yesterday with a colleague about ways to market William & Mary’s institutional subscription to Lynda.com.  Lynda.com, a subsidiary of business-focused social networking site LinkedIn, is a compendium of tutorial videos which range from quick one-offs to entire multi-hour courses. The site is focused on technical, creative, and business skills, and amounts […]

Accommodating Different Needs in Blackboard

test availablity exceptions

I have a disability and I’m fairly open about my needs. It’s hard not to notice the font size on my monitor or the special lighting in my office. But not every accommodate is that obvious, in fact, the easiest accommodations in Blackboard are a little tricky to find. Test Availability Exceptions Blackboard added a […]

Collaboration Made Easy with Padlet

Three layout options.

Recently I became an Instructional Designer for William & Mary. My role involves assisting faculty with online course development and implementation. My background is in academic technology so I’ve been exposed to many e-learning tools and resources over the years. Some of those resources were amazing, but proved unreliable when integrated into the classroom or […]

Doing E-Learning the W&M Way

About this time last year, William & Mary was touted as the best school in the nation for undergraduate teaching. Having sent out several E-Learning Development Kits into the wild over the spring and summer, I’ve gotten more than the usual taste of why, and how, our faculty achieved that reputation. This Summer W&M Offered Our […]

Blackboard Usability Suggestions — the W&M Student Perspective

Changing the course name in Blackboard helps students know which course is which.

W&M students are a notoriously busy group, so when I invited twenty of them to lunch to talk about Blackboard I wasn’t surprised that only four could attend. I was surprised, however, by some of the things they said. For example, while all of the professors I know are excited about flipping their classrooms, students […]

E-Learning “Kit in a Box” for Faculty

John Drummond working on eLearning kit prototype

Gene Roche’s recent article on blended or “flipped” learning frames the significant challenge involved in creating engaging blended learning activities in the classroom. One of my primary roles is working on the other side of that coin — bringing together the nuts, bolts, and infrastructure necessary to produce academic content using technology. As interest and […]

Blended Learning Courses Challenge Teachers to Shift Thinking from What They Do to What Students Do

Old classroom structures are one thing that provides a challenge to the instructor of a blended course.

Over the last few months, my energies have been focused on developing courses from a variety of perspectives, and the classes that I’m working with are core courses that are taught in every MBA or EdD program. The content and skills that we expect from students are widely understood, and there are lots of texts and other materials available that provide content and structure for “the material.” Many of us involved in “blending” these kinds of courses believe that they have huge potential for individualizing instruction and providing new paths to deeper, more involved learning.

How Technology Shapes Understanding: The Flipped Classroom

Flipped classroom swaps what students do in the traditional classroom and what they do outside of class.

Currently here in the Technology Integration Center at the W&M School of Education, we’re developing new ways to make it easier for instructors to flip their classroom instruction. We currently are getting requests from faculty asking “How can I reach my students better?” or “How can I flip my class?” and we’re more than happy […]

5 Reasons to Use Blackboard’s Online Quizzes

With online quizzes, say goodbye to piles of quizzes to grade by hand.

After using online quizzes for a few weeks already this semester in my Geology 101 course, I have five reasons why I think you should try it out.