Eric A. Silva

Catch UTRGV’s Presentations at BbWorld16

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley‘s Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology is hitting the road to BbWORLD 16. Catch COLTT’s Presentations at BbWORLD16:

Motivating learners: how to leverage gamification using Blackboard Learn™ Tools (LEC51211)

Are you having trouble engaging learners? Are you struggling to find ways to motivate them? Are you searching for innovative approaches to instructional design? If so, then gamification may be the answer. In this session, you will learn what gamification is–and is not. We’ll also cover motivation and how it can be leveraged to engage students in a course. Finally, you’ll learn more about learning elements and how Blackboard Learn tools can help you develop a gamified course.

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Reaching all students in a multi-campus university system using Blackboard tools (PAN50076)

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), established September 2015, is the newest component of the University of Texas System. UTRGV, who’s legacy institutions include University of Texas Pan Am and University of Texas Brownsville, has a student enrollment of over 28,800. In this session, participants will learn how a newly established university leverages the use of Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate, and Blackboard IM to develop and deliver distance education to six campus sites across a 100 mile geographical area in deep south Texas. The key was formulating an organizational culture change, which would embrace the Blackboard solutions into its educational courses and programs. This approach included developing a comprehensive training plan for faculty and staff, implementing a measurement and incentive system, engaging stakeholders, modifying the physical and virtual workplace, adjusting the workflow and information distribution, and building trust. The panel presenters will discuss the approach in detail and length.

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Eric Silva

Eric is an Instructional Designer at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a Graduate Student at Boise State University. Learn more about me.

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