By Kristina MacMillan
In January 2003, the Center for Instructional Technologies held its
second Course Development Day. This consisted of two days, one in New
York and one in Pleasantville, during which several workshops and open
lab sessions were held. The CIT implemented its new initiative at the
end of August 2002, and was very successful. In anticipation of the Spring
semester, the CIT facilitated a day dedicated to helping faculty develop
content for incorporation into Blackboard. Faculty members were asked
to bring content such as Lecture Notes, Syllabi, PowerPoint Presentations,
and Audio/Video Clips to effectively incorporate into their Blackboard
The day was a success with a total of 69 faculty members attending on
both the New York and Pleasantville campuses. Each day was customized
around the needs of faculty with various workshops and open labs that
were offered. The response was tremendously positive, as seen by the testimonials
below. Due to the success of this new initiative, you can look forward
to another Course Development Day at the beginning of next semester!
"It was a good day, thanks to you all."
"Successful day. Look
forward to future events."
"The faculty and staff
involved with information technology are remarkably humane and very patient.
"This was my first experience with Blackboard, and it was a very
I should be able to fully incorporate it into
my teaching. I really appreciate everything each of you did to make the
day so successful."
"I am a relative beginner
to blackboard, so I soaked up a lot of insights about using technology
in my teaching."
"I came back with good
ideas about how to incorporate Blackboard in my course, and with the skills
to do so easily."
"I gained information
on how to incorporate the Blackboard discussion board into my classes
by using it as a starting point for my face-to-face classroom discussions,
and I am hoping that the latter will be more stimulating as a result"
"I built my basic skills
in use of Blackboard, but perhaps more importantly learned about different
approaches to organizing my course material within that system."
"Now I can also communicate
with all of them [students] with greater ease. I plan to put up information
on assignments, test dates, etc. on Blackboard. It will make my work easier."
"I'm very excited about
adding Blackboard to my curriculum. I think it will greatly assist my
student's learning experience."
"Thanks for providing
such a worthwhile day."
Kristina MacMillan facilitates one of many workshops throughout the day.