Top 10 Most Popular DL&I News Stories 2021

Digital Learning & Innovation readers were drawn to a wealth of resources, guides, and stories in 2021. Dive in and find out what stories and trends topped the most-read charts.

Behind the Scenes: Building Questrom’s Online MBA 2021

BU Digital Learning & Innovation

Boston University Questrom School of Business, in partnership with DL&I Digital Initiatives and Educational Technology teams, launched the University’s first Online MBA Fall 2020 welcoming a global cohort of nearly 400. Since then, the innovative online degree at scale with its integrated curriculum has nearly tripled its enrollment since its debut. Learn about the innovative program here.

Exploring Google Jamboard

BU Google Jamboard

Google Jamboard is a digital whiteboard that allows for remote or in-person collaboration on a shared space. This popular 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, BU College of Arts & Sciences. Learn more.

Lightning Talks Video Resource Library

The Lightning Talks series is a reflection and learning forum where Boston University faculty, staff and students identify areas of challenge and opportunity and share strategies for engaging educational experiences in the in-person learning environment. This video library of 80+ presentations features a wealth of faculty- and student-produced video presentations on a variety of topics from fostering classroom community, building an inclusive classroom, engaging students with technology tools, assessments, student perspectives, and more. Access the video resource library here.

Shipley Center for Digital Learning & Innovation Announced

BU Digital Learning & Innovation

Through the generous financial support from Richard C. Shipley (Questrom School of Business’68,’72), a Boston University trustee emeritus, the Shipley Center for Digital Learning & Innovation will open its doors to the BU community Spring 2022. Read more.

Return to Campus 2021

Teaching & Technology Faculty Resources

DL&I’s Return to Campus 2021: Teaching & Technology Faculty Resource site launched August 2021 and offered dozens of resources—CTL teaching guides, EdTech tools and trainings, guides to teach for accessibility and DEI, and more. View the resources.

EdTech Watch List 2021

BU EdTech Watch List 2021Educational technologies became central to the delivery of education across the globe throughout 2020. In preparation for the year ahead, Digital Learning & Innovation’s Edtech team compiled a list of technologies to watch in 2021. Check out the list popular post here.

Incubator Projects 2021

DL&I funds and co-manages pilot projects that are authored by BU leadership, faculty, and/or staff and have the potential to positively change the way in which one or more of BU’s Schools and Colleges deliver value to students, both inside and outside the classroom. Our aspiration is to incubate projects that have lasting impact on how we do things at BU and position our university in the forefront of educational innovation. Explore the list of ongoing and completed Incubator projects.

Supporting Students & Faculty in the Classroom Resource Guide

CTL Supporting Students & Faculty in the Post-pandemic Classroom

As the BU community prepared for the return to campus fall 2021, many of us – faculty, students, and staff alike – were still experiencing heightened levels of stress and anxiety in response to the global pandemic, financial uncertainty, sustained social isolation, racially motivated violence, and divisive politics.

The CTL Trauma-informed Teaching Resource Guide outlines the importance of recognizing the impact of students’ adverse experiences (past or current) on their ability to learn and provides some strategies and resources for support in and out of the classroom. Access the guide.

Zoom Best Practices

Hybrid Meetings with Zoom

Workplace Tools: While Boston University faculty, staff, and students returned to campus, collaborative, team-based hybrid meetings (combination of in-person and remote participants) became an appealing workplace option. Learn the basics for hosting/attending hybrid Zoom meetings here.

Faculty Forum 2021

The Faculty Forum 2021 virtual symposium welcomed over 200 Boston University educators and staff to the first annual event on Monday, May 10. The day of exploration and innovation featured DL&I Associate Provost Chris Dellarocas as keynote speaker, 10 parallel sessions, eight EdTech Expert Stations, followed by the Learn from Anywhere Creativity & Spirit Awards ceremony and a recorded performance from the BU Inner Strength Gospel Choir. Read more about the day of community engagement here.

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