How to organize your gradebook in Blackboard 9.1

These slides are from a workshop that I have facilitated numerous times. The workshop is popular because Blackboard’s Grade Center options can be overwhelming for faculty as they attempt to set up a gradebook for the first time. The options can be confusing, especially when dealing with questions about the use of categories, weighting, and extra credit. […]

Can using a tool like Google+ lead to the death of the LMS?

This summer I have enjoyed using Google+ in place of Blackboard‘s Discussion tool in two courses that I am teaching.  Students were able to interact with each other, chat with participants in another course, and even learn with real-world education experts like +Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz and +Larry Ferlazzo. An LMS (e.g. Blackboard) “protects” students by letting them only […]

Satisfied with the Basics: 2012 Faculty Evaluation of Blackboard

Satisfied with the Basics: 2012 Faculty Evaluation of Blackboard Seattle Pacific University  Janiess Sallee Assistant Director Instructional Technology Services  David Wicks Assistant Professor, Director Instructional Technology Services  Seattle Pacific University has used Blackboard as its Learning Management System (LMS) since 1999.    Technology has since rapidly developed and transformed the way in which we learn […]

Snow Day Instructional Technology Resources

A few years ago Seattle Pacific University’s Dean’s Cabinet asked me to put together a list of eLearning tools that faculty can use if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather. Today’s snowy weather along with a prompting from my boss encouraged me to share an updated version with SPU faculty. Instructional Technology Services provides […]

Six Questions About Using Rubrics for Assessment in Blackboard

In this screencast, David Wicks addresses six questions faculty may have about using the Rubric feature in Blackboard 9.1. The Questions: How should I prepare to create a rubric in Blackboard? How do I enter a rubric in Blackboard? How do I edit the Rubric Grid? How do I associate a rubric with an assessment? […]

Six Questions About Using Rubrics for Assessment in Blackboard

In this screencast, David Wicks addresses six questions faculty may have about using the Rubric feature in Blackboard 9.1. The Questions: How should I prepare to create a rubric in Blackboard? How do I enter a rubric in Blackboard? How do I edit the Rubric Grid? How do I associate a rubric with an assessment? […]

Instructional technology, then, now, and in the future

Instructional technology, then, now, and in the future This is a presentation I gave at the 2011 Seattle Pacific University Faculty Retreat. During the presentation I facilitated a discussion on the successes and challenges we faced in instructional technology ten years ago. We compared that with where we are today, and where we appear to be […]

Blackboard + Sprint ≠ True Love

Image by Dominic Williamson Blackboard plus Sprint does not equal true love.  A recent article in the Chronicle about Sprint’s lawsuit against Blackboard reminded me of a conversation I had with my Blackboard rep during the Spring.  I told him I was tired of seeing Blackboard promote partner “deals” that aren’t addressing the real challenges […]

What’s the Story with Mobile Learning in Edu and at SPU?

In a recent post I wrote about eBooks being one of six emerging educational technologies to keep an eye on in the near future. Continuing with that theme, I would like to share about the current status of mobile learning or m-learning in higher education and at Seattle Pacific University. The 2011 Horizon Report predicted […]

What’s the Story with Mobile Learning in Edu and at SPU?

In a recent post I wrote about eBooks being one of six emerging educational technologies to keep an eye on in the near future. Continuing with that theme, I would like to share about the current status of mobile learning or m-learning in higher education and at Seattle Pacific University. The 2011 Horizon Report predicted […]