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Bb World - Mobile Strategy and Hybrid Course Development

I focused on two tracks at Blackboard world, mobile and development, specifically developing hybrid courses since we're moving towards the DL Project Charter for KS. I tried my best to immerse myself in the mobile experience by relying on my phone to capture my sessions and using the Bb World mobile app to find my sessions and my way around. Overall, it was a pretty painless experience although I can't type quite as fast on the on-screen keyboard :). I used Evernote to capture and organize my session notes and it worked out great because it's now synced to my online account and I can pull it up anywhere.

Mobile Track - I attended three sessions that focused on Mobile technology. One session that was particularly helpful was the corporate session on strategy. The presentation was not only organized but also made me think about how we want to movie into this realm, not only with courses (which actually didn't get focused on as much) but more as an organization. They talked about how some organizations start building a lot of applications, separately, without coming up with one strategy of how they can all become part of one application for enhancing the user experience whether that be students or staff. More info here: http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Services/Blackboard-Mobile-Strategy.aspx

Course Development - Faculty Training - There were two sessions that I attended that gave me ideas for how to train teachers to build hybrid courses. One was from the University of Maryland. The session was focused on adaptive release but what I really got out of it was the system that the presenter uses to move faculty through the training process with minimal coordination on her end. It's a step-by-step process that they go through and they get put into a cohort when the complete the steps. I also liked that they had to do a presentation on what they completed, I thought of a hō‘ike type of situation, where they would present to their department head. I thought it was a nice tie in to bring in their supervisor to see what they had done. More info here: http://www.umbc.edu/oit/hybrid/about/
The other presentation that I attended was the session that Kelly shared with Jeffco. I went to support Kelly but was pleasantly surprised that they had a lot of good information to share on how they conduct professional development. Particularly the templates they use to get faculty thinking about course development. More info: http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/online_pd/index.php

Archived Sharing: http://elearn.ksbe.edu/p97594372/

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