Guest Post by Nancy Webb, Instructional Designer, College of Southern Nevada and a member of the Ask Dr. C program, a free question and answer service for Blackboard users.
Often, when we think of online course instruction, and the usage of a Learning Management Systems
(LMS) to facilitate it, the usage of a combination of face-to-face and online learning in the same course is overlooked.
This latter method of instruction is called hybrid, or blended, learning
. In short, a portion of the class is delivered via face-to-face instruction and the rest is done through an LMS, like Angel or Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1
. At the College of Southern Nevada, where we run Angel, I encourage our entire faculty to explore the usage of this teaching style.
Guest Post by Misty Cobb, Director of Distance Education, Jacksonville State University
Once upon a time…well maybe not. Last year at this time, Jacksonville State University was considering other learning management systems for their institution. But over the past year, Blackboard and JSU have taken significant strides towards building a relationship that is a true mutual partnership. What does your relationship with Blackboard look like? Have you evaluated other learning management systems hoping that the grass was greener somewhere? If so, this panel presentation may bring you hope.
Enhancing education through innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Blackboard. From our beginnings where we produced one of the first learning management systems (LMS) in higher education, we’ve expanded into K-12, adult learning and international markets while also broadening our product focus to include mobile learning, collaboration tools, analytics and more. As Blackboard Learn President, Ray Henderson, wrote about on his blog, Blackboard’s Next Act: Opening the Lens on Our Vision for Education
, “we believe that to help build a better education experience we need to continue to expand our products and services in areas across the institution. There is a new form of innovation taking root in our organization as we rethink how we can better serve educators by considering new ways to tackle some of the biggest challenges they face.”
In 1924, Kleenex launched its “facial tissue”, a disposable makeup remover.
While there are no doubt lots of people who use facial tissue to remove their makeup, clean up spills, hold chewing gum, and a thousand other things, I’d venture a guess that most of us, when we say, “I need a Kleenex”, mean we need a handkerchief.
Therein lies the lesson: expect the unexpected.
Last year at BbWorld, we announced
that Blackboard was forging a partnership with McGraw-Hill. In December, we kicked off a Limited Field Trial of a ground-breaking, integrated solution. And now, Blackboard is excited to tell you that the launch is finally here!
As of, April 14, Blackboard LearnTM, Release 9.1
clients are now able to download a FREE Blackboard Building BlockTM
to take advantage of the integrated McGraw-Hill Connect® and CreateTM