Looking Ahead to BbWorld 11

Every change I get a free moment, I think about the Bb World Conference next week. I’m looking forward to being in Las Vegas and spending time with the Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies team. I also have a number of specific things I am looking to learn more about through sessions.

Course Quality – A major part of my position is to assist faculty in developing high quality fully online courses. I have been taking advantage of the virtual tours of this year’s exemplary course award winners, and I’m hoping to learn more about the rubric and process for 2012 at the conference. Here are a few sessions on this topic that have caught my eye so far:
  • A Successful Journey to Exemplary Courses – Course makeover program at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Evaluating Online Courses – A look at the various rubrics out there today and the rubric Wilmington University developed prior to submitting a course to the Bb Exemplary Course Award.
  • Breaking Down the Barriers of Course Design & Development: A Tale of Two Schools – evidentally, according to this awesome description I should “Walk away with sample training agendas, course design guides & tips, and steps for creating exemplar course shell templates. Learn how to easily implement a course development process in which your teachers can design and develop courses with ease and minimal training.”
  • Exemplary Course Winners Share Their Lessons Learned – Perhaps this may be the most important of all these sessions – hearing from the winners and their lessons learned and best practices.
Wimba Pronto – or shall I say, Blackboard Collaborate, the enterprise instant messaging tool? How can we assist in adoption and best practices for use in online courses at GRCC? This session may shed a bit of light:
  • Meet Me Pronto! Adoption and Deployment Strategies for Pronto – Ivy Tech Community College, the world’s largest Pronto user will present.
Mobile Technologies – One of my favorite topics, mobile technology, specifically how to leverage the devices that students current have or want and use them in the learning process. Here are a few sessions that look interesting:
  • Mobilizing the Classroom: ACU’s Digital Classroom Experiment – Abilene Christian University – need I say more? They were one of the first universities to put mobile devices in the hands of their undergraduate students. This presentation will actually discuss the use of iPads in a Microeconomics course.
  • Engaging Non-Traditional Students with Mobile Learning: CUNY John Jay and Cleveland State University – I believe it is important to understand that non-traditional students use mobile technology in different ways. With their busy schedules, it might be a great tool for them in their learning. Plus, John Jay’s students did pilot the use of HTC EVOs and I have one!
Lastly, I am uber excited for the opportunity to see Sir Ken Robinson live and in person at the keynote session Thursday! In a Presentation Zen workshop I co-facilitated a number of times in my previous life, we used Sir Ken’s famous Ted talk, and I still enjoy watching it.

Stay tuned! I am hoping to post many ponderings, creative ideas, and musings from the conference next week.
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About Meegan
Meegan has over ten years experience working in higher education. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from Western Michigan University and a Master of Education with an emphasis on Instructional Technology from American InterContinental University Online. She is currently the Instructional Technologist/Designer at Grand Rapids Community College where her main focus is helping faculty to develop and deliver quality online and hybrid courses.

2 Responses to Looking Ahead to BbWorld 11

  1. Pingback: Evaluating Online Courses « GRCC BbWorld Conference Blog

  2. GodwinUQ says:

    just dropping by to say hello
    this video

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