Poster Session

Using the CollegeAnywhere Building Block to incorporate Rich Media into a Blackboard Learn course

Track:  Poster

Rich media is a dynamic aspect of online course content, whether for distance, hybrid, or face to face learning. This session will demonstrate the CollegeAnywhere Blackboard Building Block, which, combined with video content licensed through CollegeAnywhere and CollegeAnywhere’s content tools, makes adding rich media content fully browser compatible-as easy to incorporate into course sites as any other content. Specific examples of the use of the tool will be demonstrated.

 

Dennis Fotia
Assistant Director of Distance Education
The Richard Stockton College of NJ

Bio / Expertise:
Dennis Fotia is the Assistant Director of Distance Education at The Richard Stockton College of NJ, where he provides administrative support and faculty development for distance education courses to both Stockton schools and faculty/students. He delivers pedagogical professional development for faculty wishing to teach online courses and is the On-Campus Coordinator for the IDEA Online, the college’s online student response to instruction assessment instrument. He also teaches an online course in Television History for Stockton College. In addition to being Assistant Director at Stockton, he is co-chair of CollegeAnywhere, a member-driven non-profit organization that provides Web streaming of rich media via an array of technology tools.  A graduate of both Rowan University and The Richard Stockton of NJ, with a B.A. in Communications and M.A. in Instructional Technology, he has worked in public education for the last 19 years serving the K-12, Community College, and Four-Year College sectors. He has presented at a number of conferences including; the NJEdge.Net Faculty Best Practices Showcase, The Assessment Institute (IUPUI), The National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning, The 16th Annual Sloan Consortium’s International Conference of Online Learning, and at the NJEdge.Net 8.0 Conference.

 

David Coates
Instructional Technology Coordinator
Gloucester County College

Bio / Expertise:
Dave Coates is Instructional Technology Coordinator at Gloucester County College, specializing in e-Learning training and support for online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses for the college. He also teaches Introduction to Digital Photography as an adjunct instructor. In addition to being Instructional Technology Coordinator at Gloucester County College, he is a member of the board of College Anywhere, Inc., a member-driven non-profit organization that provides Web streaming of rich media via an array of technology tools.  Dave is continually supported and inspired by his wife Raquel, daughter Margot, and son Dylan.

 

Presentation Content
Using the CollegeAnywhere Building Block to add rich media into a Blackboard Learn course

Rich media is a highly desirable, pedagogically valid, component of online course content, whether for distance, blended or face to face learning. Finding and adding high quality content, including instructor created content, to a course site can be difficult and require multiple tools and applications for an instructor to master and use. Adding other content, created by faculty, instructional designers, and school media staff from their own work, can require multiple Web sites, a variety of tools, and in the end provide content that requires users to have players, applications or add-ins installed in order to view the content. The Building Block from CollegeAnywhere makes access, selection and inclusion of licensed video content provided by CollegeAnywhere producer-partners such as Annenberg Learner, PBS and Governors State University, as well as an instructor’s own content, as easy as adding a document to a Blackboard Learn course site.

Attendees will see the features and learn how the CollegeAnywhere Building Block works through online demonstration in a Blackboard Learn course site, and will see examples of course sites that incorporate content and use the tools available by using the CollegeAnywhere Building Block. Advantages of the Building Block and available content and tools will be discussed. Preview opportunities to try the Building Block by attendees will be offered.

 

 

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