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 solution.
In Part II of my blog series highlighting our clients’ successful upgrade to Release 9.1, we take a look at the University of Richmond. Home to NCAA basketball’s Richmond Spiders and one of the highest ranked liberal arts schools in the U.S., University of Richmond supports a growing population of 4,045 students and 379 faculty members. Of the university’s 60+ majors and thousands of courses, zero (yes, that’s none, folks) are taught by teaching assistants. That means Richmond’s faculty is highly involved in the hands-on education of its student body. It’s Fred Hagemeister’s job to ensure they have the best tools to do so. Fred is the Academic Technology Services Coordinator at the university’s Center for Teaching + Learning +Technology and Richmond’s leading Blackboard expert.
Originally posted by Ray Henderson on Ray H blog. Follow Ray on Twitter @readmeray.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education launched a series of regional summits at community colleges. The goal? To identify promising practices for increasing completion at community colleges. In announcing the summit series, Ed Sec Arne Duncan reinforced that community colleges will need to lead the way if we’re serious about the administration’s goal of leading the world in degree attainment by 2020. I was pleased to note that several Blackboard clients were on the list to host one of the summits, including some that we’ve spoken with regarding a new initiative we have underway to impact an area crucial to attainment: developmental education. It’s another in a line of examples I’ve blogged about recently where we’re expanding our vision and looking to solve some larger problems in education in partnership with our clients. They’re all examples of 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…. READ MORE
Over the past year, Blackboard has seen much promise in the emerging area of learning analytics to positively impact education. Last year, we took the bold step of providing our clients with documentation of the Blackboard Learn database which can be used to determine where to focus training efforts or gain insight into how and to what extent the system is used. Earlier this year, we also announced the acquisition of iStrategy, now Blackboard Analytics, whose solution allows institutional leadership to use data warehousing to inform and improve decision-making. Both of these complement the existing reporting capabilities of the Blackboard Outcomes Assessment solution.
Does this sound familiar?
- Data is not accessible – only a small group of people know what’s there, how to get to it and what to do with it.
- Data is siloed, and how/where it’s stored (index card?) varies greatly across the institution
- Strategic decisions are sometimes 100% not strategic, like a 15% across-the-board budget cut
- Everybody (and nobody) wants to own the data