Guest post by Eric Kunnen, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, Grand Rapids Community College, and a member of the Ask Dr. C program, a free question and answer service for Blackboard users.
Most faculty simply do not have time to learn costly, complex solutions for recording and distributing their lectures, but many tools can provide instructors with effective ways of redistributing classroom sessions and, ultimately, improve the learning experience for students.
Typically, lecture capture utilities include a video of the computer screen and audio overlayed by the instructor. Occasionally, there is also video of the instructor or whiteboard/document camera which allows student to see what the faculty member is writing on the whiteboard or showing to the class through a video camera. Lecture capture tools on the market today include Tegrity, echo360, MediaSite, Accordent Capture Station, Camtasia Relay, and even some open source options like Panopto*.
This fall, Northern Arizona University
will join a group of over 1500 institutions that have adopted Blackboard Learn 9.1 as their learning management system.
In an effort to understand their decision a little better, we met up with Dan Stoffel, Assistant Director of the e-Learning Center
at the Northern Arizona University, to talk about his institution’s migration, planning and participation in various upgrade programs.
“We are ahead of schedule by a couple weeks [on our migration]. The University chose Blackboard in late fall of 2010 and since then, we’ve been moving quite quickly to get our courses migrated over to Learn, 9.1.”
–Dan Stoffel, Northern Arizona University
BbWorld in Las Vegas was a whirlwind of activity for Blackboard Clients, Partners and Employees alike. It was extremely difficult to pick a favorite moment out of a week spent at OSCELOT Open Source Day 6.0, DevCon 2011 and BbWorld 2011. There were certainly a few that stuck out. Dr. Chuck’s Blackboard tattoo and Matthew Small in a wedding dress with a Blackboard tattoo of his own certainly made for interesting conversations in the halls of the Venetian. From a Blackboard Partnerships perspective, the announcement of new and/or continued partnerships with all the major publishers, the Blackboard Developmental Education announcement and a new Premier Partner in Kaltura were surely highlights. That said, I am a self-proclaimed computer geek and the Blackboard Sponsor for TechBUG, so I wanted to take a few moments to recap our first meet-up in Sin City.
Exciting news on the digital textbook front! Follett Higher Education Group
is updating the CafeScribe
Blackboard Building Block™ for this fall.
Through our ongoing partnership with Follett, Blackboard will continue to offer the free building block that will soon bring you the new and improved CafeScribe
. Follett listened to your feedback – the new CafeScribe makes it even easier for students and faculty to use digital course materials.
Guest post by Julie Rorabaugh, Director of Instructional Technology, Cowley College, and a member of the Ask Dr. C program, a free question and answer service for Blackboard users.
After hearing about BbWorld conferences for years and years, in 2010, I finally had the opportunity to attend one! (It only took the buyout of two Learning Management Systems to get me there.) I quickly found out that, for the most part, the stories that I had heard murmured in dark corners at other conferences had quite a bit of validity. This truly is an awesome conference!