Online Programs News and Events
Students, staff, and faculty at Boston University are always generating news. It is no different for Boston University’s online community. Check here frequently for announcements, press coverage, and upcoming events related to online programs at BU.
Recent News & Events
The developers and faculty of two Boston University online courses were honored with Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Award. Blackboard’s learning management system is the standard in digital learning, and recipients of the Exemplary Course Award are recognized for developing courses that are outstanding in their ability to engage through innovation in technology and learning.
For the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Summer Term course First-Semester Chinese (CAS LC 111), recognition goes to MET Instructional Designer J-Jay Araullo, CAS Senior Lecturer in Chinese Amber Navarre (last year’s recipient of the Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology), CAS Lecturer of Chinese Liling Huang, MET Senior Media Producer Ed Wozniak, and Media Producer Summer Garrard.
For the Metropolitan College course Financial Concepts (MET AD 632), MET Associate Director of Instructional Design Dan Hillman collaborated with MET Lecturer and Signal Hill Capital Managing Director Ira D. Cohen, Associate Professor Irena Vodenska, Lecturer William McGue, Assistant Professor Ivan Julio, and Educational Technology Engineer Andrew Abrahamson and the Educational Technology & Innovations team to transform the existing course into its current, award-winning form.
Dr. Araullo and Dr. Hillman accepted the awards at the BbWorld 2018 conference in Orlando, where Dr. Hillman and Mr. Abrahamson also presented “Adapt Learn Automatically with Template Variables.”
Congratulations to all!
Metropolitan College Senior Instructional Designer Fawn Thompson received an Effective Practices Award from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional online learning collaborative devoted the advancement of high-quality, innovative digital educational experiences.
The award recognized Ms. Thompson’s peer review method to course design approaches, an initiative that was adopted by the entire instructional design team in MET’s Office of Distance Education. The method provides MET’s instructional design professionals with an opportunity to meet challenges, improve accessibility, promote collaboration, and expand expertise in online course design.
Ms. Thompson accepted her award at the OLC Innovate Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Read more about the award here.
Did you know that all BU students, faculty, and staff have access to MyMedia powered by Kaltura? Similar to YouTube, but private to the BU community, this cloud based video streaming service offers a great way to capture and share media. With MyMedia you get access to:
- Unlimited video storage space
- Easy to use presentation and recording tools
- Upload and share videos in your Blackboard course or via the MyMedia portal
For more information visit the BU TechWeb website.
Part 2 of Using Peer Review as a Means of Student Interaction demonstrates Blackboard’s self and peer assessment tool and how student blogs can be used for providing peer feedback.
A pair of Boston University Distance Education teaching professionals have been recognized for the success of an innovative new course in the Health Communication program by this year’s Blackboard Catalyst Awards.
Instructor Alane Bearder and Senior Instructional Designer Elena Garofoli are the recipients of the 2017 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching & Learning, bestowed for their work on MET HC 762 Visual Communication in the Digital Health Age, the first course to be developed as part of the Graduate Certificate in Visual & Digital Health Communication program. The award is conferred upon those who have positively impacted the educational experience through the adoption of flexible, distance, and online delivery.
“We’re proud to keep Boston University on the vanguard of higher education for professional health communicators with this, and other innovative learning experiences still ahead,” Health Communication Program Director Leigh Curtin-Wilding said of the award.
Read the full press release here.
Our Peer Mentoring Panels are held before each semester and are designed to connect our growing student body. In the panels, new students are encouraged to ask returning students about their experiences in online education. They receive excellent tips and suggestions on how to succeed in their classes and how to engage with their instructors, peers, and academic community. Our panelists come from a wide variety of backgrounds and degree programs, offering our new students valuable insight into what it takes to achieve. If you would like more information contact Senior Online Engagement Manager, Samantha Orsagh-Yentis at email@example.com.
During part 1 of the Summer 2017 EdTech Colloquium series, an overview of peer review motivations and approaches is discussed.
Part 2 of Leveraging Quizzing and Testing in Your Course Website demonstrates how to build quizzes and tests in Kaltura & Blackboard as well as how to view and interpret the user analytics.
A discussion about the various methods for detecting plagiarism in the classroom and ways we can support our students with their writing.
Why synchronous interaction should be added to an online course and how to select the right tool to do this was discussed at this session.