Last month, we launched a special contest just for Blackboard Learn System Administrators. At Blackboard, we recognize these IT Professionals as the key to opening doors to new technologies at their institution. The contest distinguished its participants by recognizing the individuals in this extraordinary group as Blackboard Sys Admin Superstars because they took time out of their very busy schedule – during the back-to-school time frame – to install the latest and greatest Blackboard Building Blocks from our Publisher Partners. Because these Superstars participated in our contest, the Faculty at their institutions can now integrate dynamic digital content in to their Blackboard Learn courses for this fall. And this isn’t just any kind of dynamic digital content. It’s the content that is used by over 75% of students.
Forbes recently asked readers to nominate their favorite and most useful career websites and received submissions for 700 different websites. The final list was just released, and we are very excited to learn that Blackboard Premier Partner Internships.com has been selected for their list of The 10 Best Websites for Your Career!
Today we announce the launch of a new MOOC powered by the CourseSites Open Course Series, Designing an Exemplary Course.
If you’re not familiar with the term MOOC (Massive Online Open Course), read on to learn how the latest (free) trend in Professional Development can impact your classroom instantly.
The newest addition to the CourseSites Open Course Series centers around the Exemplary Course Program (ECP) Rubric, which is a useful guide created by distinguished educators and instructional designers that will empower you to improve your online teaching experience. Whether you are just getting started or are an advanced online educator, this course will provide you with a framework to help identify and disseminate best practices for designing engaging online courses. But you will not be alone in your journey!
At ISTE this past June, I had the opportunity to meet Cybrary Man. Cybrary Man (a portmanteau of Cyber and Library) is Jerry Blumengarten, a former New York state-based educator who spent years compiling educational resources from around the web and then sorted them by subject area and audience type on his blog.
He has a cult-like following in the K-12 community and it’s easy to understand why – he offers an endless number of instructive content and resources for teachers, browsing sites made by academics, educators, and students. Despite its 1.0 look, it’s really one of the best resources I’ve come across in a long time.
If you’re not familiar…
What I love about the Cybrary Man site is its simplicity and its expansiveness. The site is broken down into sections by audience – Parents, Students, Educators and General Interest. One of my favorite topics is on the Flipped Classroom. The premise of making lectures the homework and using class time for more interactive learning is one we discuss frequently on the Blackboard blog, as well. Cybrary Man has compiled an extensive list of resources on the topic from articles, to podcasts, to people to follow on Twitter.
Cybrary Man is a resource that’s both fun to explore and educational. See for yourself!
Digital Content Resources to Help You Get Ready for the Fall Semester
With the publisher building blocks which you’ve no doubt heard a lot about this past summer, faculty have the opportunity to integrate digital content from Higher Ed’s leading publishers into their courses. Faculty can pick and choose rich digital content from a wide variety of publisher sources, including Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill, Pearson and Wiley, all seamlessly integrated into the Blackboard Learn platform.
If you’ve already installed these building blocks, you may be wondering how you help your faculty get started. We’ve consolidated a number of publisher resources on linking accounts, pairing courses, adding content and more – all within Blackboard Learn.