Blackboard 9

A reminder! On December 26th and 27th, Blackboard will be upgraded from Service Pack 7 (SP7) to Service Pack 9 (SP9). During those two days there will be no access to Blackboard.  Other services will not be impacted during this upgrade. Be sure to look for upcoming training sessions on the new features of BB 9, if you have not already enrolled in one.

When preparing for your classes next semester, consider integrating Web 2.0 tools into the curriculum, where appropriate.  Watch this video, which demonstrates how to do this in the new upgraded Blackboard platform.

Online Training

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Imagining Teaching and Learning on Hawk Hill in 2020

The Academic Technology Leadership Committee (ATLC) hosted an open forum on Friday, June 8 entitled Imagining Teaching and Learning on Hawk Hill in 2020. The forum represented a starting point for an ongoing conversation about the future of technology and its impact on teaching and learning at SJU.   It was well attended, with 118 people registered for the event including 57 faculty and 17 academic administrators.

The Keynote Presentation:  Disruptive Innovation for a New Generation of Learners, was delivered by Dr. James Mazoue, Wayne State University.  Dr. Mazoue is Director of the Office of Online Programs at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, managing online faculty development and learning technology services and support, strategic planning for the University ‘s online certificate and degree programs, online course and program development, and the implementation of policies for the application and evaluation of effective teaching and learning practices. ( .  This presentation was followed by break-out sessions in the morning and afternoon:

Morning Sessions
Horizon Thinking: Trends in Higher Education
Horizon Thinking: Trends in Teaching and Learning

Afternoon Sessions
Teaching Innovation
Faculty Development
Online Education
Research & Scholarship
Student Engagement

Click below to listen to the Keynote Address.