It’s almost that time of the year again – Blackboard World
is right around the corner. This July in New Orleans, educators from across the country will not only soak in the latest technology advancements in education, but for the first time, will also have the opportunity to help kick start their students’ careers.
More and more employers say real-world experience is the key to getting a job in today’s increasingly competitive global economy. Internships.com and Blackboard have partnered to help students differentiate themselves from the pack and land jobs and internships through the free Internships.com Building Block
Troy University Director of Educational Technology, Ronnie Creel, will be joined by Internships.com Chief Marketing Officer, Stuart Lander
, to share their experiences on the launch of the free Internships.com Building Block within Blackboard Learn. Mr. Creel will present a case study of institutional adoption at Troy University – sharing analytics information including user activity data, time on site, building block usage, and more. Mr. Lander will discuss the importance of internships to students in today’s economic climate, and present the product features of the Building Block.
In this challenging economic environment, where students can use every bit of help in landing a job or internship, this is a session that you cannot afford to miss.
Anyone who has ever sat in a classroom is familiar with the quiet student who sits in the back and rarely speaks up. Depending on the class, I probably fit that profile at times. Introverts, or those who tend to shy away from classroom interaction, can pose a unique challenge for educators trying to build a more interactive classroom. As our curricula shift to embrace an active learning philosophy, how can we best accommodate the introvert? While we might not see any studies on the impact of technology on the life of the introverted student any time soon – there are characteristics inherent to these quiet learners that can be leveraged through technology.
The German eLearning Journal
put the Blackboard Learn platform to the test for their May edition. The magazine regularly tests various eLearning products in a number of categories, ranging from online solutions and video training to language training, online collaboration and learning management systems. Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP8 was thoroughly reviewed by a team of experts on 26 categories. The experts awarded the platform great scores and the end verdict “Very Good”.
In the report, the eLearning Journal states that:
“One must attest that Blackboard Learn quite simply has, in all respects, what a modern LMS must have. The technical features such as scalability and adaptability achieved the same outstanding ratings as the administration did.”
On flexibility and openness, the reviewers mention that “Blackboard doesn’t rely solely on its own standards; rather, it is so flexible, that, like a Lego brick, it can be integrated into a number of other systems and existing solutions.”
Interested to learn more about this review? Click here to download the English version
of the report and click here to download the German version
of the report.
When the Federal Government created new educational regulations stating universities must better prepare students for gainful employment, Troy University saw it as a chance to fine-tune its own efforts. With unemployment at record high levels, Troy decided to make internship placement more readily available to all of its students in an effort to help them gain employment after graduation.
Troy already had career centers at each of its four campuses, but an increasing number of students were taking classes online from remote locations without access to the on-campus centers. With roughly half of the student body online, Troy University needed a new solution to help the students find internships prior to graduation. “There was definitely a need for internship placement for the online students,” said Ronnie Creel, director of Education Technology at Troy.
With numerous digital learning content options available to educators, figuring out how and when to get started with adopting and using digital content can seem daunting. Blackboard has invited experts from a variety of fields to participate in BbWorld 2012
to help you navigate this broad content landscape. Instructional designers, faculty and technology decision makers will find these sessions beneficial and enjoyable!
- Alan November, an international and renowned leader in education technology, will push the boundaries on how to improve online teaching and learning in higher education. His wit and humor make him a highly sought after presenter in education forums worldwide.