In keeping up with current events and trends in the military and government space, I have become an avid reader of a blog called DoD Live. It’s an official Department of Defense outlet that covers a wide range of topics related to the military, ranging from going “green” in the DoD to women’s interest topics to one of my top professional interests, military training. Perhaps my favorite aspect of DoD Live is this diverse range of topics that it covers, helping readers get a bird’s eye view of what’s happening in our military.
Considering the wide variety of issues that are relevant to understanding the defense sector, as well as the continuous updates to federal policies and legislation that impact the DoD, being able to gain such a broad scope is quite valuable to those of us in the industry. One recent post of interest , entitled “American’s Military – A Profession of Arms,” came from the desk of General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The post highlighted a document of the same title that Chairman Dempsey released to articulate the ways the U.S. military is adapting as a profession. In particular, he discussed how the military is seeking new ways to develop and retain knowledge through training and leadership development. Ultimately, the goal of enhancing the military as a profession is to provide the next generation of service members with a solid foundation in institutional knowledge and mentorship.
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.
BbWorld 2012, Blackboard’s education technology conference
, is happening this summer in New Orleans! And we called upon you to be our VIP bloggers from the event! We received over 30 blog entries as part of this contest so, before I announce the winners, I would like to call attention to some of the incredible posts we received. Every single entry was creative in its own way.
Aside from blogging four separate times, Laura Orsetti from Frontier Nursing University
, blogged while holding her 23-month old on her lap! JD Ferries-Rowe from Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
, an Edline user, not only has a lot to say about BYOT (bring your own technology) but he’s excited for some olive sauce on his muffaletta (must be a NOLA thing). And, Kelt Dockins
from University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a 2012 Golden Catalyst Award winner for Innovative Development
definitely had the coolest blog layout that I’ve seen
Well enough stalling… It is my great pleasure to announce the following individuals as the BbWorld 2012 VIP Bloggers!
A few weeks ago, we hosted our first-ever professional colleges and universities Twitter chat (#4profitchat
). During the chat, we learned a lot about trends in learning technology from our guest blogger, Career College Central’s Kevin Kuzma
, and from our outside participants.
Our first question asked Kevin what trends he sees in career colleges that are trying to improve retention rates. His answer? Career colleges should make sure students “don’t feel like a number” by being responsive to student needs, especially through tutoring and academic support, as well as providing encouragement and individualized attention.
Next, we asked what career colleges are doing to enhance the student experience. Our expert predicted that institutions will focus more on job placement and begin adopting technologies students prefer, including mobile:
The Training Officer’s Consortium is a non-profit organization for federal trainers and industry professional committed to improving the practice of human resources and training. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend their 2012 Annual Institute, which featured valuable presentations on strategies to improve professional education, especially in the federal government. Considering the numerous changes going on in the government workplace, from increased use of mobile devices to tightening budgetary restrictions, now is a more important time that ever for trainers to stay abreast with the latest knowledge in their field.
This year, representatives from our partners at The Graduate School presented “Engaging Federal Learners Using New Technologies” to share their insights on best practices for high-quality distance learning. Below are the slides from this presentation, which will be especially insightful for trainers who are looking to leverage innovative technologies to enhance or extend the distance learning experience within their agencies: