Roadmap BbWorld2012

ForwardForward looking statements disclaimer.

HTML editor in limited release sp8 coming in next sp

Lots of talk on what they did since last year.

xpLor- content repository. Cross platform. Create content within. Also assignments and tests. IMS standards.

Teaching and learning eefficiency

Updated content editor includingnew math editor.

Fuzzy logic on fill in the blank questions.

Item analysis. Discrimination, difficulty, std dev, std err

Course surveys and enterprise surveYs. Analysis and longitudinal data.

Rubrics.Align standards against individual rubric criteria.

New text message feature. No license for basic one way message to students. Added cost option for 2-way.

Collaborate integration and on mobile.

Social networking and MyBlackboard. Layer of learner centric  stuff.

Global navigation menu. Has numbers of new things. Always a few clicks.

New profile page. Will follow  from school to school.

Spaces- groups for social learning. Informal.Cross institution.

[too much effort on social and not on the core idea of leaning]

Status, messages, stream.

New calendars. Due dates. You can subscribe in outlook, etc.

New grade and notifications interfaces.

BbIM integrated.



SOL 2011 Keynote

Keynote Address
Adrian Sannier, Vice President of Product at Pearson eCollege

If not now, when?
The challenges facing American education are formidable, and seem to call for change more radical than incremental. For more than two decades technology has been “on the verge” of transforming education, yet from P-20 for the most part school has remained unchanged. Is it possible that the force that has continually improved nearly every other facet of modern life will ultimately have no fundamental impact on education? Or are we finally at the brink of real change? In his talk, Dr. Sannier will explore the unfulfilled expectations for technology in education and consider whether conditions are finally right for major change?

1. Problems of Eduction are daunting
2. We are used to technology solving our hardest problems
3. We’ve expected for a long time for technology to contribute to education, but it hasn’t
4. Maybe it’s because it can’t
5. Or maybe it’s been delayed by a combination of technical and cultural factors that are on the verge of being overcome by the software storm.
6. Get ready for the Four Beyonds

Only 9% of Arizona students graduate from a 4 year program (or higher). To help Social Security, up those numbers so those 9 aren’t footing the bill for the 91.
-Adrian Sannier, SOL Summit

-Education is the economic problem of our time,
the country that out-educates us today will out compete us tomorrow

– we are used to solving problems with technology
in a world where machines do the work there is NO place for a person who can’t think or use technology

Watson winning Jeopardy- if you had done that in the 1800s, you’d be burned as a witch
-in 5 years, Watson will be on your ipod

writing, schooling, and printing – first great tech advances in education Eric Ashby

For choice education is a cottage industry (small scale, run by a few)

Can’t have a technological revolution one person at a time.

3 superpowers of tech
-because we know the superpowers, we treat them as normal powers and haven’t harnessed them.

  • “Telepathy”- communicate with anyone, instantly
  • Eidetic memory
  • Total Recall

“If I’m gone too far from it [iphone] too long, part of my brain is missing.”

“If we’re so smart, why aren’t the kids we’re teaching rich?”

It isn’t that it won’t work, we won’t allow it to work.

Software storms, e.g. digital media
typewriters, napster- it happens fast, not incrementally

If technology can improve student success to 70%+, academic freedom may not be the most important concept in the room.

Instead of getting the 33%, academic freedom/practice becomes about the remaining 30%.

Arizona State upgraded Bb and was down 15 days. Did they close the school? No. Why? It passes out the paper and collects it at the end.

Why expect individual faculty to reinvent and produce “Call of Duty” when their skill and time might create “Tic Tac Toe”? Starting to sound like a big sales pitch.

What’s the biggest, fastest growing and worst university in the US? Phoenix. But people choose them every day even though they cost more.

Ten Questions about Mobile Learning

David Wicks – Seattle Pacific University

Augmentation, not delivery (Clark Quinn, 2011, Kindle Location 590)

Quinn’s 4 Cs

  • accessing Content in the form of media
  • Capture of information
  • ability to Compute a response
  • Communicate with others

Tech Centered v. Learner centered

spontaneous, personal, authentic, portable, opportunistic, informal, context-aware

Go read the google doc….

Ten Questions about Mobile Learning

During this session we will use the lens of Quinn’s Four C’s of Mobile (2010) to explore how mobile devices are used in online teaching and learning. The ten questions we will ask are:
1. What is mobile learning or m-learning?
2. What are the advantages?
3. What are the challenges?
4. Where can we make use of mobile learning?
5. What does the pedagogy look like?
6. What does the research say?
7. How is m-learning being integrated into learning management systems?
8. How is it being integrated with social media?
9. What are the must-have mobile learning apps?
10. How can instructors and students be productive with mobile devices?

Check out Google forms

Show and tell

Livescribe- math faculty stuff. Hope Windell

Paul McLean is nagging his students in seconds using Automates (Angel feature)

Martha is making her faculty RTFM (go look in Reports and they see the other things there)

Faculty Learning Community- electronic poster session (show and tell in lab?)- Ann Pearlman (Brockport)

Ensemble Video- developed at Syracuse- piloting at Buff State- video management for faculty –

Web 2.0- Mary – MCC- Angel course on Web 2.0

Erin- twitter- MCC
IDEA- set up twitter stream in course for large lecture questions

Elluminate- Reena- explaining some different contract types

Call Em All- Larry Dugan- run reports and contact students who are lagging

Finger Lakes is NOT proctoring- Axciom- We build up walls [against cheating] and this [axiom] shards the top of the wall. They [students] can still use a helicopter to get over.

Web 2.0- Gardner Campbell – semester long prof dev course

Plattsburgh – Angel–>Moodle conversion started
-MOODLE doesn’t handle campus/enterprise level group needs

Upstate – Pam- moving from 6 to 9.1- change in mindset from 1 way communication to interaction. New student orientation

CPD- Kim- working on certificate programs with OLIS.

Project Noah- Alex-

SLN Update SOL Summit 2011

Carey Hatch, Director, SLN

First, some welcoming comments from Alex.

Twitter tag is #slnsolsummit

First up, LMS Update:
No single solution for SUNY. Not realistic, not the mission.
Functionality wise, all products are pretty comparable. So what is important to your campus?

Thanks to the team.

Blackboard Negotiations
Keep costs as low as possible, keep functionality
State procurement procedures are onerous.
May blow up old contract and do new based on conversations with comptroller.
[[fire alarm]]
Lots more products
Proposal to Bb, expect response soon (end March)
SLN currently subsidizing hosting costs at ITEC, can’t afford to continue. ITEC looking to lower costs.

LMS is minor portion of learning environments. Just part of doing business. We’ve been doing that for a long time. What is next?

Advisory boards are meeting to figure out what is next. What products or services are needed? No onsie-twosie campuses.

Contracts are a bear, will have to manage time and resources.

Get out in front of new products rather than waiting for a critical mass of campuses to adopt.

Carey is worried that decision makers are varied and often unknown for campuses. Makes planning difficult.

Make migration strategy and negotiate contracts according to campus needs.

Going over services diagram- [[NEED LINK TO PREZI]] also available in advisory space in wikki

Visits to campus- presidents, leaders of DL- starting this month

Power of SUNY- Transformation Team Innovative Instruction
Thinking about revisioned SLN
Expanding Research
Expanding Professional Development
Enhancing learning opportunities
Supported by Digital Learning Commons and Concierge Services
-helping students through all the issues they face
((where’s the instructors, other than being serviced?))

Reality for 2012-14
SLAs expire June 2012 (costs may change, but services will stay)
ANGEL Hosting and Helpdesk
most likely to be extended
Education and Marketing may change

Blackboard negotiations are key to LMS future. More info at CIT.
Looking from a procurement level, it is unwieldy, since over 125k need RFP.

FEDERAL Regulations
Looking at it from system level.
Meg Banky(sp?) from ???
No kind of answers yet. Hoping to have it worked out at state level, e.g. State Ed working with other schools.
Will provide more guidance as they get more info. Have legal working on it.

Seneca’s implementation of Bb as institutional portal

Seneca college in Canada

Show and tell

154k system users

12 app servers with network storage

Roles- face,staff,pt,student,applicant
Every course
Content management- portfolios,storage,reserves,department web sites

Portal- gate,tunnel,door or cloud? One stop place, consistent look and feel, access and controlsnfor features and resources
Provide windows to info and enhanced individualized experience
Extensive use of building blocks to tie into Sis

The MyX modules are all from Seneca
Use email integrated, sao

MuSubjectsPlus- jump directly to parts of course
MySeneca Announcements- feeds from base courses, all faculty or students,etc.
Attendance, workshops, webmail, user content module template where users fill in forms, meta modules combine custom and stock modules and rss feeds, hybrid module to search lib db,

Grade input download module

Common platform and experience
Encourages low end users
Acess to info from home
Icreased student desire for courses

Morenusers is more demand

Regular communication
Focus groups
Portal committee
It advisory council

Adequate support


Bb exec listening session

Ray Henderson opened, asking for feedback on his report card.

GeorgeMason- better communication, even through problems.

Enhancement request area- can not see if something is a common request(applause)

Gradebook was a nightmare- elementary program- wants to run pivot tables on exported data

Open source solutions- don’t do it (laughter) – Michael is talking about feature set, web2.0, ease of use, Ray- Bb service is high touch, high service, more John wooden quotes, watch the life cycle of the company you work with. Ray is talking about being part of the fabric in the system.

Publish a large university moving TO Bb
Need help showing the case for Bb over open source.
More(free) help with upgrades. Webct user

Free consulting for webct and angel moving

Have text voting

Privacy and data security- several projects under way

Openness and transparency- crowd sourcing, bug squad

Resources of what does and doesn’t work, better documentation
Maintenance blog- need rss feed

User returned an iPad

Why is mobile so expensive

Can not move from cep because they are reliant on grading forms-
9.1 has rubrics and gradable in service pack

Keep the Wimba and eliminate folks that know their product

Compliments on 9.1

Compliments on open database

Service packs every 60 to 90 days may be too much

Expanding Presence- building effective online programs

Bb now has a program group in consulting. This is how they worked with U of Sothern Mississippi.

15 community colleges formed consortium to make 16th for online learning.

Key goal – increase enrollment, retention and graduation rates

Address gulf coast and non trad students

Sustainable model

Up front resource costs
Long term process

(I really wish presenters would spend less time on trying to teach project management in sessions and would focus on actual results and conclusions. Yes, there needs to be disclosure, but I want the characteristics of a successful program, not all the people on their committee.)

Consistent user experience
Course (re)design
Followup- showcase, interviews peer review

Course scheduling

Financial model
Is online viable
Costing us money? Or revenue stream?
Adequate investment?
How totrack money
Ended up with DEDICATED budget for DL

Marketing and branding
Website redesign- micro site for DL. Use a form to get info from students that auto generates an email to student.

Focus on growth and new revenue
Targeted marketing
Standardized course design

Identifying at-risk students

Ryan kuhne, Carleton university in Ottawa risk for info and presentation

Poor student at the start of the course is likely to do poorly, so identify as soon as possible

Identify data that indicates engagement and success. Grades, time online,etc.

Starfish and signals- corporate retention solutions.

Set up rule, measure against, set flag,communicate, intervene

1. What is at risk for your course?
2. How do we identify students?
3. What can we do for them.

SNAPP- social networks adapting pedagogical practice- creates a density map of your descriptions

Hands off- adaptive release, over communicate,
Course checkpoints
Spread out assessment

Peer assisted study sessions- big impact in first year courses

Form letters

You have the power to change a student’s life.