Breakout Session

Using Blackboard Collaborate to Ignite Online Student Engagement

Track: Engagement

Breakout IV
Friday, 8:20 – 9:15 am

Berkeley College online classes do not require students to engage in synchronous learning activities. However, during our Quality Standards Certification process, the USDLA recommended that we add some synchronous elements to our online classes. We offered a synchronous learning pilot in two introductory-level classes: Public Speaking and Computer Applications. Both classes had weekly synchronous Blackboard Collaborate meetings. Live sessions were recorded and students who were unable to meet were required to review the recorded sessions and complete an assessment. In this session, we will share our findings as well as the recommendations that grew out of those findings.

Andie DiMarco
Assistant Dean Online
Berkeley College

Andie Johnston DiMarco is the Assistant Dean, Online at Berkeley College. Andie holds a B.A. in English from Rutgers University, an M.A. in English from the University of Maryland College Park, and an M.Ed. in Statistics, Measurement, and Program Evaluation from Rutgers University. She has been teaching for more than twenty years, and started her online teaching career in 1999. She has taught both in the classroom and in online, ITV, and various hybrid formats. She has taught a wide range of classes, including English, quantitative research methods, and technical writing, and at a wide range of levels, from pre-college transition courses to graduate level writing seminars. She has been responsible for the design, development, and delivery of a variety of education programs for both face-to-face and online degree programs at Rutgers University and the University of Maryland. She served as Vice President of Secondary Education Initiatives at Innovative Designs for Education, coordinating diverse school improvement projects for NJ and NY high schools and colleges and training faculty to teach in the new programs.