Blackboard Collaborate: Is It More Than a Course Tool?

Dr. Dorothy L. R. Jones, dean of the School of Extended Learning and Director for the Office of Faculty Development, and Shelley T. Scott-Johnson, online student/faculty support specialist, have been selected to conduct a presentation that answers the question about Blackboard . . . is it more than a course tool? Their presentation is part of the Blackboard Higher Ed BITS series and takes place Thurs., February 23, at 3 p.m. The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) is a training initiative to help augment (not replace) instructors’ internal training efforts. Harnessing the community of Blackboard users, BITS also shares the top strategies and pedagogy for both increasing educator efficiency and improving learning outcomes. BITS is free to Blackboard’s clients and it is easy to participate. The program consists of monthly faculty training webinars that are taught by faculty and supported by Blackboard experts.

The NSU team will demonstrate how the University is using Blackboard Collaborate to enhance student success in face-to-face, hybrid and online learning. They will share several examples including:

  • Virtual study rooms for the University library that can be reserved
  • On-demand, real-time library assistance
  • Financial aid workshops
  • Career services workshops, career expos and interview role-plays
  • Assisting students with the transfer process
  • Registration assistance through the registrar’s office

The webinar is designed for higher educational professionals including instructors, lecturers, instructional designers, career services, transfer services, advising, admissions and others. Register using this link:


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