Day: October 11, 2018

Sherry Barricklow delivers Webinar for the Texas Blackboard Users Group

On Friday, September 28, 2018 at 10:00 am CT, Sherry Barricklow, elearning and instructional technology specialist, presented in a Texas Blackboard Users Group webinar. Her topic was: Using Blackboard to support and review faculty promotions


Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan has been using Blackboard to gather faculty advancement materials for over 10 years.   This process did take a while to catch on but is now appreciated by the candidates and their peer reviewers.  The Dean’s office is very pleased with the one stop location to review upwards of 40 candidates each semester.   This session will discuss the process from faculty application, how the faculty sites are designed, the review process and then on to the Deans office for final approval.

The session recording is posted on the T-BUG website.


Glenna Decker and Eric Kunnen deliver webinar for the @Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS)

On Wednesday, October 10, Glenna Decker, instructional designer, and Eric Kunnen, associate director of elearning, delivered a webinar for the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS).

Their session title was “Improving Student Engagement and Retention through the Community of Inquiry”. Over 700 attendees registered for the webinar. The session provided attendees with an overview of the importance of student engagement and retention in higher education, an introduction to the Community of Inquiry model, and a variety of tips, application, and suggestions for integrating CoI principles into courses in Blackboard.

Student engagement and retention continues to be central as a success measure in higher education. The Community of Inquiry (CoI) Framework provides an opportunity to focus on learning as a result of interaction of social, cognitive, and teaching presence. Through purposeful instructional design, the students’ educational experience can lead to higher satisfaction and better learning through active engagement and the application of CoI.


A selfie before the start the BITS webinar with Glenna Decker, instructional designer (left), and Eric Kunnen, associate director (right), from eLearning and Emerging Technologies.

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Webinar Slides

Webinar Resources

Community of Inquiry TIP Sheets on IDeL Website

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About Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS)

The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) is comprised of bi-monthly professional development webinars for faculty, instructional technologists, course designers, and faculty trainers. Participants learn the top strategies and pedagogy for both increasing educator efficiency and improving learning outcomes during these free webinars that are taught by educators and supported by Blackboard experts.

2018 Fall Webinar Schedule

For more information about each session, to register, and to view recordings of sessions on demand, please visit the BITS registration page.