The Educational Technology Department offers user gathering places for technology users from across BU. These communities meet periodically to discuss platforms that can help instructors and staff members make best use of technology platforms to improve students’ learning experiences. All of our communities of practice meet at our office at 141 Bay State Rd, Boston, MA. Contact the individuals shown below or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining one of these communities, or starting a new one.
Blackboard Community of Practice
Led by Chi-Hsun Chiu
The Blackboard community of practice is dedicated to sharing knowledge and best practices, and collaborating on common goals and challenges related to BU’s Learning Management System, Blackboard. The community meets monthly and is facilitated by Dr. Chi-Hsun Chiu, our resident Blackboard expert. Each meeting’s agenda includes a 10-15 minute presentation (by communities members or guests) on a topic of interest, leaving the remainder of the hour-long meeting open for discussion and collaboration. The Blackboard Learn LMS is moving into its next generation (Blackboard Ultra) and this Community of Practice is available to support BU faculty and staff’s transition into this next stage.
NVivo Community of Practice
Led by Amod Lele
NVivo is a platform used for analyzing qualitative data. EdTech offers trainings that present the basics of using NVivo, while the community of practice explores some of the platform’s more advanced features. NVivo is used across BU, in places like the Sociology Department, the School of Public Health, and the School of Education, but sometimes the trainings and information provided varies across departments and colleges. The NVivo community of practice is a great place to share information and techniques that other colleges and departments use.
EPortfolio Community of Practice
Led by Amod Lele
The ePortfolio Community of Practice is devoted to sharing tips for using Digication (BU’s ePortfolio software of choice) and staying current with new developments to the platform. The community has previewed the new interface, which features more intuitive tools and a more user-friendly interface. Additionally, the community of practice has distributed surveys and run focus groups to confirm whether BU should continue using Digication or look to a new technology.
The EdTech Collective
Led by Amod Lele
The EdTech Collective is not a platform-specific community of practice, but a collective open to all BU staff and faculty, with monthly discussions ranging many topics. The collective unites people from departments and colleges from all over BU, and many members are responsible for some aspect of the university’s educational technology base. The EdTech Collective helps BU staff stay aware of the resources BU already has, and new developments in those resources.
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