We live in a dynamic age of technology, with seemingly endless possibilities to acquire information coming from so many directions. How can we harness applications, videos, audio files, and images into Blackboard to meet the needs of various learner styles? Is it possible to enhance our content to present information in a more engaging way?
These are just SOME of the elements of Instructional Technology and Support--we're here to help you make the most efficient and effective use of the technology available within the University to enhance your course content and improve the learner experience.
Overseeing the Instructional Support team, Mary works to ensure that faculty and staff are able to develop and deliver engaging and effective instruction. With a technical background and extensive online learning experience from a student's perspective, she hopes to demystify the bits and bytes and help faculty embrace opportunities to reach their students in a variety of ways to meet both the learning objectives of their course and the needs of the learners.
Instructional Technology Specialist
Do you have a question on how to incorporate technology into your classroom teaching, or is there an aspect of Blackboard you were curious about? Paul, our Instructional Technology Specialist, will be happy to help you brainstorm how to make the maximum impact with your students' learning experience by integrating technologies to support teaching and learning!
Senior Instructional Designer
Caroline is passionate about designing the in-person and online classroom to support your instructional goals and today's learning environment. She can also help with technical questions. Caroline offers face-to-face and virtual training sessions for faculty on instructional design and technology.
Caroline is available on our Boston Campus by meeting, drop-ins, or virtually.
Senior Instructional Designer / Project Manager
Are you interested in active learning, flipped classrooms, assessment options, hybrid course design, linking your course objectives with your assessments? Contact Reena to learn more about course design grounded in teaching and learning theory.
An updated, easier-to-use, more powerful Content Editor is coming soon for the Original Experience and the Original Course View. Blackboard is targeting a general release of November 5th, 2020.
There are lots of great reasons to like the updated Content Editor. Adding content has been simplified, and it works better on both hand-held devices and larger screens. There are several improvements for accessibility and some new features, too. Here are six enhancements you can look forward to:
The Power of Plus. One easy menu for adding content from your computer, cloud storage, Content Collection, or integrated tool. The Content Editor will automatically recognize the kinds of files you add.
Better for All Devices. The editor is better suited for all devices—small screen or big. It’s easier to author on mobile devices because pop-ups are gone.
Improved Accessibility. The editor is more accessible due to higher contrast icons and menus, and the removal of pop-ups improves the experience for screen reader users. A new accessibility checker helps authors make content more accessible while they’re creating content. It also compliments Ally capabilities because it helps users while they’re initially authoring.
Better Copy and Paste. Pasting content from Word, Excel, and websites is even better. Easily remove extra HTML but retain basic formatting.
Simple Embed. When pasting links to websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion, the videos are automatically embedded for inline playback—there’s no need to fuss with HTML. Other sites including The New York Times, WordPress, SlideShare and Facebook will embed summary previews.
Display Computer Code. Authors can now share formatted computer code snippets, super handy for computer science classes and coding clubs.
Information Services has enhanced all campus classrooms to support hybrid synchronous sessions. Faculty teaching on campus will find new technology available within classrooms to lecture both to in-person students, as well as remote participants!
Chief Academic Technology Officer, Daniel Jamous, has provided a handout that informs not only on the technological components, but also explores best practices and resources for enhanced engagement with your remote audience.
View this living guide -- check back often as the semester unfolds, it is being updated frequently!