Top 10 Most Popular DL&I News and Resources 2020
Digital Learning & Innovation readers were drawn to a wealth of resources, guides, and stories in 2020. Dive in and find out what stories and trends topped the most-read charts in 2020.
Advanced Zoom Features for Educators
As colleges and universities adapted to remote teaching and learning in 2020, many educators looked for opportunities to expand their technological knowledge. This Advanced Educators Guide, which is targeted to users who possess a solid understanding of Zoom basics, outlines several advanced Zoom features to help make the most of the powerful video conferencing platform. Read the blog post.
Advanced Zoom Tips & Tricks
Zoom’s August 2020 update brought about several feature upgrades designed to help users get the most out of Zoom for remote and hybrid teaching. These upgrades include video filters and background noise suppression options. Learn about these features and get tips to use PowerPoint and Keynote presentations as your virtual background here.
Lightning Talks Speaker Series 2020
In support of Boston University’s move to the Learn from Anywhere remote and hybrid teaching and learning modality, Digital Learning & Innovation and the Center for Teaching & Learning hosted the Remote Teaching & Learning Lightning Talks Speaker Series 2020—a reflection and learning forum where BU faculty and invited guests identified areas of challenge and opportunity and shared strategies for engaging educational experiences in the remote-learning environment. Read about the series.
FAQ: Zoom, Blackboard, & MyMedia Basics
In March 2020 as Boston University made the critical move to remote teaching and learning, Digital Learning & Innovation’s Educational Technology team developed this faculty resource to address commonly asked questions specific to Zoom, Blackboard, and MyMedia. Read the FAQ.
Remote Teaching at Boston University Resource Site
In response to COVID-19 and the University’s move to remote teaching and learning during the Spring of 2020, Digital Learning & Innovation developed a faculty resource site featuring a variety of tools, guides, and FAQs including getting started with Zoom, technology trainings and workshops, Disability & Access Services guidance, videos and recordings, teaching remotely in STEM and the Arts, wellness guidance, and more. Learn more about the resource site here.
Learn from Anywhere FAQ
Learn from Anywhere (LfA) is a blended modality for remote and/or in-person learning for Boston University residential students attending an undergraduate or graduate program of study. This faculty-focused blog post answers dozens of frequently asked questions specific to the LfA pedagogical model including the following topics: classroom technology, classroom moderators, faculty coaching, and on-campus work guidelines. Read the FAQ.
Exploring Google Jamboard
Google Jamboard is a digital whiteboard that allows for remote or in-person collaboration on a shared space. This blog post highlights a number of powerful and useful ways to introduce the BU-sponsored technology in the classroom and features a faculty video demonstration from Amber Navarre, senior lecturer, College of Arts & Sciences. Learn more.
Lightning Talks Video Resource Library
The Lightning Talks series grew out of the shift to remote teaching in 2020 as a way to showcase instructors’ many creative and inspiring approaches and to build faculty community. This video library of 40+ presentations features a wealth of faculty and student produced five minute videos on a variety of topics from fostering classroom community, building an inclusive classroom, assessments, student perspectives, and more. Access the video resource library here.
Remote & Hybrid Faculty Trainings
Throughout 2020, Digital Learning & Innovation’s Educational Technology in partnership with MET College’s Educational Technology & Innovation hosted a series of Zoom, Blackboard, MyMedia Google Jamboard, and other trainings and drop-in sessions specifically for Boston University remote teaching faculty. View the current list of LfA 2021 trainings and workshops here.
Learn from Anywhere
Last fall, most of Boston University’s entering and returning undergraduate and graduate students had a choice of attending in-person classes or taking classes remotely under the University’s new hybrid teaching format called Learn from Anywhere (LfA). In support of the transition, DL&I developed the LfA faculty resource site. The site houses dozens of faculty resources, information, and guidance including technology tools and videos, a list of faculty coaches, pedagogical resources, FAQs, training schedules, and more. View the resource site here.