I recently returned from Blackboard World 2016 in Las Vegas, and WOW! There were tons of fantastic sessions, ranging from accessibility to using social media in online courses to how to increase engagement in the online classroom. Perhaps one of the best parts about the conference was the confirmation that other universities and instructional design teams are experiencing or experienced the same things that we do and are sharing their ideas, solutions, and knowledge.
Accessibility sessions were crammed to standing room only as evidence that universities around the U.S. are working towards accessible content and are hungry for the best ways to achieve it. But beyond just the great teaching information provided were the chances to meet and collaborate with other presenters. Since arriving Monday afternoon, I was able to speak with other instructional designers and instructors from all over and to hear about the great things they are doing at their universities and colleges, how they got started, and just got to know them on a human level.
Blackboard World 2016 was a great collaboration of excellent information, and as part of the new Rocket style sessions, I was able to present with others who spoke on social media, technology, and community. The new Rocket sessions were used as a way to stir up conversations, showcase innovative ideas, and pump up the energy. I was fortunate to be asked to present my proposal on Blackboard Bakery: Creating Custom Courses which explains how IDT and other instructional designers can create these courses through GreenLight Design’s LEARN Model for instructional design. Creating custom courses speaks directly to the LEARN model as a good design requires the elements: Listen, Envision, Adjust, Revise, and Negotiate. By using this model, it is possible to create a custom design that meets the standards of excellence that both designers and instructors desire. If the concept sounds interesting to you, and you would like to view the recorded session, it is now available online through BbWorld Live. You can sign up or log in for access to the Blackboard World Live presentations. Or check out the Brainshark Slide Presentation.