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Introducing Google Assignments

Google Assignments is a recent addition to BU’s suite of educational tools available for instructors and students. Google Assignments is an add-on application for learning management systems like Blackboard that helps you distribute, analyze, and grade student work. Assignments makes Google Docs and Google Drive compatible with your LMS for... More

Chris Dellarocas Named INFORMS Distinguished Academic Fellow

Chris Dellarocas, Associate Provost of Digital Learning & Innovation and Questrom’s Shipley Professor in Management was named INFORMS Information System Society Distinguished Academic Fellow, the highest honor an IS faculty can receive from the professional society. During the November 8, 2020 ceremony, INFORMS IS Society President D.J. Wu, Ph.D. presented Dellarocas with the... More

Blackboard Ultra: Top 5 New Features

  In search of Blackboard Ultra updates? Look no further. Dive into this list of new features and get the tools you need to help increase efficiency, improve the student experience, enhance assessment and grading capabilities and much more. Gradebook Updates Recent updates to the Blackboard Ultra Gradebook include: Advanced Sorting and Filtering... More

FAQ For Addressing Covid Absences (Spring 2022)

View BU Medical Campus Guidance Here. Charles River Campus Guidance: According to President Brown’s guidelines (January 5, 2022), BU will resume in-person teaching and learning when classes start on January 20 with adjustments available, whenever possible, for students, faculty, and staff who test positive or have temporary disruptions to their caregiving responsibilities. Between... More

EdTech Watch List 2022

Digital transformation is on the minds of higher ed leadership and IT professionals broadly. What’s next and what edtech trends should we be watching? Digital Learning & Innovation’s Educational Technology team crafted a technology-rich list of trends to watch and navigate in 2022. Blockchain and its Use in Higher Education Ernie Perez, More

Reimagining Connectivity: Networked Learning In The Pandemic Era

  One of the critical lessons we’ve taken from teaching and learning within the pandemic is that networks and connections are essential: in difficult times, support from family, friends, and organizations is as important as access to reliable information and technology. Our understanding of connectivity, then, has expanded alongside our experience of the pandemic. This re-imagined connectivity provides a framework for us to explore teaching and learning... More

Podcasting 101

Podcast listenership is booming. According to 2021 research data, more and more Americans—55 percent of the population—are tapping into the listening trend. With over 1,750,000 podcasts worldwide and an estimated 43 million published episodes to choose from, podcasting is a medium—and an education tool—to consider. “In higher education specifically, lecturers can easily broadcast... More

POV 2021 Year In Review: Regrouping And Moving Forward

I will remember 2020 as a year of frenetic activity, as DL&I worked hard to do its part in “keeping the lights on” at Boston University in the face of the COVID emergency. In contrast, 2021 was more subtle; we wrapped up our emergency support efforts and did important preparations... More