For the past three days I have been in the Blackboard Training. Most of it we know, but here were tools that were shared we normally don't use such as the dashboard in the course. The dashboard can provide a one-shot view as to what assignments are due, test or quizzes, or even if there was a new announcement. However, if we decide to use this with our 'Ike Hawai'i students, it is not a one-size fits all function. Let's just say it only does, what it only does and not necessarily gives all the information.
Most of the things they went over were things that we are doing right now or things we have learned (thanks to Clinton's transition plan for us moving to Bb 9.1 and the team doing a great job at in-house training).
As a best practice strategy, here is my reflection on what I have gained from the past three days:
- Thank goodness we have excellent Instructional Designers who keep us organized when it comes to content structure. Seeing how things are transitioning for the DOE is very perplexing.
- Groups are what they are - groups. Because our current practice is "look for the discussion board button," when doing groups, we may need to think if this is a practice we will do. If so, then will need to modify our resource tools.
- Surveys and test - best thing to do as we start to work with tri-campus is create a pool of questions and then we can then create the test from there. The surveys are pretty straight forward.
Overall, I think KSDL is on the right track thanks to the high performing team we have. However, there are times when we need to attend training sessions like these to help us realize the great accomplishments we have achieved.
To see the resources from the past three days, go to http://atr.k12.hi.us/fms/bb_ftf_training.html.