Using Blackboard for Staff and Student Professional Development in a University
Geoffrey Crisp, Associate Professor, University of Adelaide
This presentation will highlight how Blackboard is being used for non-course specific programs such as health and safety for staff, writing and speaking at university, staff career development and performance reviews. Examples of design principles, quizzes and discussion boards for these wider applications will be given.
What a small world we live in. This session was delivered by Geoffrey Crisp of the University of Adelaide. About 3 or 4 years ago, Geoffrey visited Grand Rapids Community College. He was touring many Blackboard schools during his visit in the United States. We talked about how GRCC was using and leveraging Blackboard in teaching and learning. It was impressive to hear from his perspective now how the University of Adelaide is using Blackboard for Student and Staff Development.
The session talked about using Blackboard in various ways “outside of the classroom” to encourage online communication and promote the building of online collaboration opportunities.
Geoffrey referenced the Educause eBook resource “Education the Net Generation” which talks about 1) social networking, 2) connected students, 3) engaged students, 4) experiential learning, 5) working in teams, and 6) focusing on things that are important to students.
The University of Adelaide using Blackboard for student orientation and staff orientation. In fact, in the staff orientation, all employees are required to take a mandatory survey inside of Bb at the end of their oreintation experience.
Opening up discussion boards for student orientation helps students feel comfortable by allowing them to ask questions of their peers. Also I thought it was really clever that they were using Blackboard for student technical support questions and forums.
The University is also doing some very unique things with pre-populating courses with templates that include surveys for faculty on learning styles and also course evaluations.
It was really nice to see Geoffrey again as it truly brings home how small the world really is… even though it did take me 26 hours to get from Michigan to Australia! 🙂