Greetings from Australasia!
We’re here in Cairns, Queensland for this year’s BbSummit 2010. To spice things up, Blackboard Connect™ and Blackboard Mobile™ have teamed up to deliver a number of useful, informative sessions for this year’s participants. As both platforms work to provide students more mobility, it seems to be a natural pairing to demonstrate and share ways educators can better engage students through the combined use of our mobile content management and rapid communication systems.
In our second installment of the Blackboard Connect social media integration feature spotlight, we turn to Dundee, MI who uses Blackboard Connect, in conjunction with their Facebook page, to respond to severe weather.
The Village of Dundee,
Michigan is about 30 minutes away from Ann Arbor and has a population of about
4,000 residents. The community launched a Facebook
page in November of last year, and it has already been “liked”
by more than 1,400 fans.
evident the important role social media plays in everyday life. From the
mundane to the catastrophic, events are being reported by peers
minute-by-minute, as they happen. According to the Pew
Internet & American Life Project, “one-third
(35 percent) of American adult Internet-users have a profile on an online
social network site.”
Sites like Facebook and Twitter present new avenues to connect
and exchange information, so it’s
no surprise more users are logging on every day. That growing audience is one
reason social media is quickly becoming a mainstream platform for
forward-looking school administrators and government officials that want to establish
relationships and maintain open conversations with community members.
By Randall Alberts, Georgia State University
Communicating with students can often be a challenge — especially
when you’re sending a critical message
that needs to go out NOW. So how do you communicate with the campus in a timely
manner? If you find yourself repeatedly faced with this question, then you
should sit in on our presentation at BbWorld 2010, Campus Crisis
Communications Plans in the Age of the Clery Act. This presentation will focus on a tale of two colleges and how
they each use the Blackboard Connect system to help inform their campuses.
The Blackboard Connect system allows Georgia State University and the State College of Florida to communicate to
students, staff and faculty via phone calls, text messages and e-mail.
Situations ranging from weather incidents, like a tornado or hurricane, or other
urgent events require time-sensitive messages. The key is being able to reach a
large number of people in a very short period of time.