Category: Online and Blended Learning

School of Social Work wins Platinum Award for distance learning

May 8th, 2014 in Announcements, Case Studies, Online and Blended Learning, Social Work

The Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) was recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) with a Platinum Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming. The USDLA, a nonprofit association and national leader in distance learning, presented its 2014 International Distance Learning Awards on May 5, 2014, in conjunction with its 2014 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. More

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Four BU MOOCs open for registration

February 26th, 2014 in Announcements, College of Arts & Sciences, edX, General Studies, MOOC, Online and Blended Learning

Registration for BU’s first four MOOCs (massive open online courses) opened on edx.org on 2/25. The four BU courses – Sabermetrics 101 (Andy Andres),  War for the Greater Middle East (Andrew Bacevich), The Art of Poetry (Robert Pinsky) & Alien Worlds –  join the ranks of those offered by a select group of universities on the Harvard & MIT-founded platform, and hope to appeal to tens of thousands learners around the globe by offering a taste of some of BU’s best.

Supported by BU’s Digital Learning Initiative, MOOCs are a part of a larger campus-wide effort to encourage and support innovative faculty-driven projects in digital learning. As the DLI team wrote in a recent article in InsideHigherEd, now is the time to ask bold questions about the value of residential and online learning, about regional and interdisciplinary pedagogical cooperation, and meaningful metrics about students’ opportunities, agency and resilience in the higher ed ecosystem. It is our hope that MOOCs can be both an active part of and catalyst for engaging with these queries and their complex answers.

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Demystifying MOOCs in the Changing Educational Landscape

January 22nd, 2014 in Announcements, Flipped Classrooms, MOOC, Online and Blended Learning

DLI Associate Director Romy Ruukel discusses the history of MOOCs, their current status at BU, and digital learning beyond the MOOC-space.

Tuesday, January 28, 2013 / 12-1:30pm
111 Cummington Mall, MCS-180, Hariri Institute Seminar Room

Please visit the Digital Learning Initiative website for more information about Initiative projects or contact budli@bu.edu with any questions.

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MOOC webinar

November 22nd, 2013 in Announcements, MOOC

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) announces a new online webinar, “Quality Matters for MOOCs: Results and Implications of the First QM MOOC Reviews”, held December 2 at 1 pm, at no charge to any member of the Boston University community.

Steps to connect:

  1. Establish an Educause username and password at https://www.educause.edu/user/register
  2. Register for the webinar at http://net.educause.edu/Registration/ELIWEB1313

For more information, visit the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s page at http://www.educause.edu/eli/events/quality-matters-moocs

 

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Submit directly from Google Drive to Turnitin

November 19th, 2013 in Announcements, Blackboard, Collaboration Tools, Google Apps, Learning Management Systems, Online and Blended Learning, Plagiarism Detection, Tips & Tricks, Turnitin

Turnitin, BU’s supported software for academic integrity and faster grading, has recently introduced a “Cloud Submit” feature that allows students to submit assignments directly from Google Drive or Dropbox, convenient for students who are working on collaborative assignments in Google Drive or who do not wish to pay for Microsoft Word.

Cloud Submit

We recommend accessing Turnitin through its Blackboard integration. To create an assignment that will work in Turnitin: in any of your Blackboard course’s content areas (“Assignments”) or the like, go to the Assessments menu and select Turnitin Assignment, and follow the instructions. You’ll then be able to see the assignment’s results by going to Course Tools in the lower left corner of the course and selecting Turnitin Assignments. If Turnitin Assignments doesn’t appear under Course Tools, you can turn it on by going to Customization.

Note that while students may use Dropbox to submit assignments to Turnitin, faculty should never return student grades or comments through Dropbox. Because BU has no service agreement with Dropbox, Dropbox does not count as a school official for purposes of FERPA, and sharing student records with

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Teaching Talks and Teaching Tech Talks scheduled for Spring 2013

December 21st, 2012 in Announcements, Assistive Technology, Audience Response Systems (Clickers), Blackboard, Data Analysis, Digication, e-Portfolio, Echo360, Flipped Classrooms, Learning Management Systems, Lecture Capture, Mobile Learning, Online and Blended Learning, Plagiarism Detection, Read & Write Gold, Turning Point

CEIT has now posted its list of Teaching Talks and Teaching Tech Talks scheduled throughout the Spring 2013 semester. The talks are scheduled on various dates and times to make it possible for faculty to explore some talks whatever their schedule. Some scheduled talks with an emphasis on new technologies include:

Databases for non-majors (Jan. 10)
The top 5 things faculty need to know about Blackboard Learn (Jan. 10)
Read & Write Gold (Feb. 6)
Flipped classroom and Echo360 (Feb. 13)
Collaboration tools in Blackboard Learn (Feb. 20)
iPad applications in the classroom (Feb. 25)
Google Apps in your classroom (Feb. 25)
Increasing instructional interactivity with clickers (Mar. 19)
Virtual student exchanges (Apr. 3)
High-tech cheating (Apr. 3)
How to use ePortfolios (Apr. 5)
Making grading easier and more transparent with rubrics in Blackboard Learn (Apr. 11)
Dimensions of online courses and student perceptions (Apr. 17)

The CEIT site has a complete list of talks. If you’re interested, please sign up and reserve a space!

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Blackboard Learn: What can it do for you?

December 5th, 2012 in Announcements, Blackboard, Blogging, Learning Management Systems, Online and Blended Learning

In continuation of CEIT’s and IS&T’s efforts to engage faculty in the LMS migration, CEIT hosted a presentation on Blackboard Learn that focused on how faculty can use it for their course. Participants from the Blackboard Learn pilot were present to share their ideas and experience with the new environment. Some topics included:

- Collaboration tools in Blackboard: With this new system comes new tools and features. In terms of student collaboration, the three that are most significant are blogs, journals and wikis. Blogs allow students to share their personal thoughts with their classmates and gives them their own voice in the class. Journals, on the other hand, are designed to be a private communication between an instructor and a student. Finally, wikis are collaborative documents that allow students to edit each other’s work.

- Assignments and Rubrics: Faculty now have the ability to attached rubrics to their assignments, making grading more transparent to the students and much simpler for the instructor. Additionally, assignments are the new and improved way of accepting documents from students.

For more information on the presentation, please feel free to reach out to CEIT (cent@bu.edu) or the presenter, Kacie Cleary (kmcleary@bu.edu).

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Blackboard Learn Pilot is Underway

July 19th, 2012 in Announcements, Blackboard, Learning Management Systems, Online and Blended Learning

In collaboration with the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, IS&T is happy to announce the faculty have been selected for the Blackboard Learn pilot. There are 21 faculty across the schools and colleges and about 35 courses. These courses all include undergraduate and graduate courses and large (largest at 900) and small class sizes (smallest at 10). There is a great collection of teaching styles that the steering committee feels will be representative of BU as a whole.

There is still a lot to do but we know this pilot will help shape our new learning management system. We will gradually phase out Blackboard 8 to make way for the new and improved Blackboard Learn.

You can expect to see updates and workshops on the project coming from CEIT over the next few months.

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Flip and Blend: Lorena Barba

July 6th, 2012 in Case Studies, e-Publishing, Engineering, Flipped Classrooms, iTunes U, Lecture Capture, Online and Blended Learning, Social Media

BU mechanical engineering professor Lorena Barba has used several new technologies to transform the classroom experience, integrating iTunes, digital inking, screen casting, and blogging. Her classes often “flip” the classroom – that is, they deliver course content outside of class and refocus in-classroom time on discussion and activity – and allow a blended learning experience, where discussion and activity also happens on the Internet as well as in class.

Using a USB connected graphical tablet and her laptop, Barba was able to annotate her Keynote & Powerpoint slides to derive, in real time, solutions to complex mathematical operations. Further, using a screen capture application and a simple microphone, she recorded the lectures which were then posted for download through iTunes. Lectures for Fluid Mechanics (ME303), Bio-aerial Locomotion (EK131/132), and Computation Fluid Dynamics (ME702) can be subscribed to and downloaded from Boston University’s iTunes U page via iTunes or the iTunes U mobile app. Barba’s innovative courses were recognized among the Top 30 iTunes U Engineering Courses by the Degree Central (2010). Some of her courses have student blogs that allow dialogue about the course materials, screencasts, and Skype interviews.

At the First Annual Instructional Innovation Conference, Barba presented a paper describing the technology and techniques used for Digital Inking and Lecture Screencasts, which can be watched via screencast on YouTube. More information about Barba can be found via her people site, her research group, and at the BU:ENG-Mechanical Engineering website.

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