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Offering Online Professional Development Using a Cross-Platform Strategy

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For the very first time, Northern Illinois University offered in January 2013 a fully-online teaching effectiveness institute utilizing a combination of Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate, and Blackboard Mobile platforms. This cross-platform approach has proven to be very successful and provides a model for faculty to incorporate an integrated approach for implementing all three platforms in their teaching. In this session at BbWorld13 we will share NIU's cross-platform strategy, practices, and lessons learned that can be applied to any online professional development initiative.

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Offering Online Professional Development Using a Cross-Platform Strategy

  1. 1. Offering Online Professional Development Using a Cross-Platform Strategy JASON RHODE Director of Distributed Learning STEPHANIE RICHTER Instructional Technologies Coordinator Northern Illinois University
  2. 2. ABOUT PRESENTERS JASON RHODE Director of Distributed Learning Northern Illinois University jrhode@niu.edu @jrhode STEPHANIE RICHTER Instructional Technologies Coordinator Northern Illinois University srichter@niu.edu @slrichter
  3. 3. 2013 CATALYST AWARD WINNING INITIATIVE 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Teaching and Learning Award 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Staff Development Award
  4. 4. SLIDES AND CONVERSATIONS slidesha.re/niupd13 #niupd @jrhode @slrichter
  5. 5. AGENDA NIU’s cross- platform strategy Practices Lessons Learned Next Steps
  6. 6. NIU‟S CROSS-PLATFORM STRATEGY NIU’s cross- platform strategy Practices Lessons Learned Next Steps
  7. 7. NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
  8. 8. ABOUT NIU » Main campus in DeKalb, IL located 65 miles West of Chicago » Total enrollment: 21,869 (Fall ‟12) » 1,185 instructional faculty » Student to faculty ratio: 18:1 » 39 academic departments; 57 undergraduate majors; 80 graduate programs » 95% of undergrads and 79% of grad students are from Illinois » 685 international students from 116 countries
  9. 9. BLACKBOARD USAGE AT NIU » 98% of students » 82% of instructional Faculty/Staff/TAs » 53% of course sections » 4 course sections per student on Blackboard As of Fall 2012:
  10. 10. USE BY INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS Usage % for fall ‘12 with 22,009 enrolled is 97.5% of total number of students 21,473
  11. 11. USE BY INDIVIDUAL FACULTY/STAFF 82.75% of all those who teach use Blackboard for credit courses, fall ‘12 1,449
  12. 12. NUMBER OF CREDIT COURSE SECTIONS 53.3% of all scheduled course sections among the 4,947 sections use Bb, fall ‘12 *Course sections range from face-to-face courses with online components to “online courses” 2,637
  13. 13. NUMBER OF COURSE ENROLLMENTS Approx. 4 courses that use Blackboard per student, fall ‘12 87,430
  14. 14. BLACKBOARD MOBILE LEARN App students can install on their smart phone or tablet to access their Blackboard course, receive notifications, and participate in course activities
  15. 15. BLACKBOARD MOBILE LEARN AT NIU Logins by Day of the Week 24,276 unique users during past year
  16. 16. BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE MOBILE Available to NIU faculty since released in 2012 Building Block update installed to enabled recently-released Android app
  17. 17. CENTER STAFF
  18. 18. NIU.EDU/FACDEV niu.edu/facdev
  19. 19. @FACDEV @facdev
  20. 20. NIU.EDU/BLACKBOARD niu.edu/blackboard
  21. 21. TEACHING EFFECTIVENESS INSTITUTE (TEI) offered twice/year, typically f2f, sometimes invited speaker
  22. 22. MORE INFO ABOUT TEI AT NIU niu.edu/facdev/programs/history.shtml 1 2
  23. 23. WHY ONLINE TEI? » Feedback from previous attendees asking for “online” version » Interest in exploring flexibility of the online delivery format » Opportunity to model collaborate online learning experience using available synchronous and asynchronous tools
  24. 24. F2F VS. ONLINE ATTENDANCE – SP „13 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Day 1 AM (F2F) Day 1 PM (F2F) Day 2 (Online) Spring 2013 TEI Participants 51 46 58
  25. 25. SAVINGS…BY THE NUMBERS Average number of miles, round-trip, that would have been driven by each participant if everyone had driven to campus
  26. 26. SAVINGS…BY THE NUMBERS Total number of miles, round-trip, that would have been driven by participants if everyone had driven to campus
  27. 27. SAVINGS…BY THE NUMBERS Gallons of gasoline saved, assuming average mpg (23.8) of average vehicle sold in U.S. in 2012 if everyone had stayed home
  28. 28. SAVINGS…BY THE NUMBERS Cost of gasoline saved, assuming cost of $3.93/gal. in the DeKalb area if everyone had stayed home
  29. 29. SAVINGS…BY THE NUMBERS Pounds of carbon dioxide emissions saved if everyone had stayed home
  30. 30. SAVINGS…BY THE NUMBERS
  31. 31. MODEL BEST PRACTICES
  32. 32. PRACTICES NIU’s cross- platform strategy Practices Lessons Learned Next Steps
  33. 33. PICKED TOPIC niu.edu/facdev/programs/20130111.shtml
  34. 34. USED BLACKBOARD COMMUNITY 1 2
  35. 35. COMPLETELY MOBILE-ACCESSIBLE
  36. 36. ROLES FOR STAFF presenter, live discussions, discussion board Dan Cabrera Jeff Geronimo Janet Giesen Tracy Miller Cherie Quillman Jason Rhode Stephanie Richter presenter, live discussions, discussion board, twitter host, moderator, live discussions, discussion board tech assistance, live tweeting @facdev, discussion board technical support, live discussions, logistics coordinator, presenter, live discussions, discussion board, twitter presenter, live discussions, discussion board, twitter
  37. 37. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
  38. 38. GIVE-AWAYS
  39. 39. CONSISTENT DESIGN TEMPLATE
  40. 40. BADGE FOR RECOGNITION
  41. 41. CUSTOM CLICKABLE ICONS (48X48) Recommended Mobile Apps Links to Activities and Resources Computer System Check Blackboard Mobile Learn Bb Collaborate Mobile NIU Mobile Intro to Bb Collaborate Bb Collaborate Live Sessions Discussion Blog Journal Wiki Tweets #niu #tei13 Presenters & Staff Download s Badge Online Archive Mobile Archive
  42. 42. AVAILABLE FOR ONGOING CONVERSATIONS
  43. 43. ARCHIVES AVAILABLE OF LIVE SESSIONS
  44. 44. SUMMARY OF DECISIONS MADE » Picked topic » Used a community » Chose to make entirely mobile-accessible » Decided on roles for staff » Additional resources » Give-aways » Used consistent design template for presentations » Offered “badge” for recognition » Available after institute for ongoing conversations » Archives available of all live sessions, accessible in community
  45. 45. PROCESS FOR DESIGNING / DEVELOPING » Built using mobile-friendly design practices  Course fully-accessible via Bb Mobile app  Activities in live sessions (avoided web tour, used polling)  Use of guest links for Bb Collaborate sessions to make it easier to access via mobile
  46. 46. MOBLE-FRIENDLY COURSE
  47. 47. MOBILE-FRIENDLY LIVE SESSIONS
  48. 48. GUEST LINKS FOR BB COLLABORATE
  49. 49. ONLINE AND MOBILE ARCHIVES
  50. 50. FACILITATING STEPS » Opened community 1 week early for preliminary access and intro activities » Used “Announcements” feature and email to notify participants about sessions » Used time availability feature to only show current sessions link in a content area » Online evaluation at the end of the institute » Online and mobile archives available
  51. 51. SHOWCASE COURSE FEATURES
  52. 52. MOBILE PREVIEW – SMART PHONE youtu.be/kI993l4XPZE
  53. 53. MOBILE PREVIEW – TABLET youtu.be/ypZXhpL-xm0
  54. 54. ACCESS THE COURSE ON COURSESITES niufacdev.coursesites.com
  55. 55. DOWNLOAD COURSE AS OER FROM COURSESITES niufacdev.coursesites.com
  56. 56. ICONS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD & REUSE j.mp/icons4bb Computer System Check Intro to Bb Collaborate Bb Collaborate Live Sessions Discussion Blog Journal Wiki Tweets #niu #tei13 Presenters & Staff Download s Badge Online Archive Mobile Archive
  57. 57. ICONS CREATED USING GLYPHICONS FREE glyphicons.com
  58. 58. LESSONS LEARNED NIU’s cross- platform strategy Practices Lessons Learned Next Steps
  59. 59. FEEDBACK FROM FACULTY PARTICIPANTS “The online delivery of this subject was critical to my understanding of how it feels to be the learner as well as the design required from a faculty perspective.”
  60. 60. FEEDBACK FROM FACULTY PARTICIPANTS “It was really convenient to have this (institute) online, and I think it showed what Blackboard Collaborate can do. I learned a lot and have new ideas for the upcoming semester.”
  61. 61. FEEDBACK FROM FACULTY PARTICIPANTS “This was wonderful! The flow was easy to handle and I stayed engaged throughout the day. I LOVED being able to attend from home.”
  62. 62. FEEDBACK FROM FACULTY PARTICIPANTS of faculty participants indicated they would attend another online institute in the future
  63. 63. LESSONS LEARNED 1) Online format was very successful 2) Raised awareness of potential for using cross-platform strategy in teaching and learning 3) Modeled many features of Bb Collaborate and Bb Mobile Learn 4) Need to plan better backups (have backup activities if there is a lull)
  64. 64. LESSONS LEARNED 5) Have plan for managing time between live sessions (left 30 mins between live sessions, but hadn‟t planned who would stay in the session to see that everyone was removed so archive could begin processing)
  65. 65. NEXT STEPS NIU’s cross- platform strategy Practices Lessons Learned Next Steps
  66. 66. NEXT STEPS 1) Repeat model in the future, build upon 2) Possibly reuse content / framework that could be replicated using mobile-friendly best practices 3) Consider other online formats (multi-day, extended conversations, etc.) 4) Perhaps have invited speakers present instead of our staff (save $ on travel expenses for invited speakers)
  67. 67. QUESTIONS? Jason Rhode Director of Distributed Learning jrhode@niu.edu @jrhode Stephanie Richter Instructional Technologies Coordinator srichter@niu.edu @slrichter
  68. 68. DOWNLOAD SESSION SLIDES slidesha.re/niupd13
  69. 69. NIU CASE STUDY Download PDF from j.mp/niubbcase
  70. 70. THANK YOU! If you would like to provide feedback for this session please email: BbWorldFeedback@blackboard.com The title of this session is: “Offering Online Professional Development…” JASON RHODE Director of Distributed Learning Northern Illinois University jrhode@niu.edu STEPHANIE RICHTER Instructional Technologies Coordinator Northern Illinois University srichter@niu.edu

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