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Bridges Upgrade to Neoportal and Sakai 2.9.4 - August 2014 
For more on the Neoportal, click here. For Sakai 2.9.4, click here.

Teaching Online - Summer 2014
For more information about this, click here.

Bridges Upgrade to Sakai 2.9.3 - May 2014

Panopto Video Capture Upgraded to 4.6.1 - May 2014
To see a video of the new enhancements, click here.

Updated our Overview of the Technology Resources for Students Video - Fall 2013
To see our video, click here.

Launched GoToMeeting | GoToTraining Web Conferencing replacing Elluminate - Summer 2013
GoToTraining | GoToMeeting are the web conferencing tools currently supported at RWU for live (synchronous) web classes and meetings.

Bridges updated to Sakai 2.9.1.3 - Summer 2013
Many enhancements, for more details, click here.

Hosted TEDxRWULive - February 2013
This all-day simulcast offered four sessions encompassing 30 speakers across a range of backgrounds, experience and disciplines sharing their big ideas, innovations and vision. Archives of the sessions will be made available from the TED conference site.

Panopto Video Capture Integrated into Bridges - Spring 2013
As of January 2013 faculty can record videos directly into their Bridges courses for easy access by students. Integration with Bridges allows for single sign-on for both faculty and students so there is no need to remember different logins. The Panopto/Bridges integration also allows faculty to set up a dropbox to collect student videos created with Panopto. 

Launched New Instructional Design Website - Spring 2013
Along with a new look and feel, the redesigned website offers additional information and opportunities. Feedback from faculty and students are most welcome by emailing the team at id@rwu.edu.

Co-Presented an International Webinar  “Using Bridges to Meet Accreditation Standards” on Thursday, April 7, 2011 featuring Dean Steve White, faculty member Greg Laramie, Linda Beith and Russell Beauchemin from ID. This one-hour webinar addressed the process that was under development in SAAHP to electronically collect, organize and display student evidence of outcomes mastery within Bridges in preparation for the accreditation team due next year. Approximately 200 people participated from across the United States as well as from eight international countries including Guatemala, Colombia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, Thailand and Australia.

Bridges User Group formed - October 2010 to allow faculty and students to participate in the ongoing improvement of the Bridges course management system.

Hosted a Rhode Island User Group Meeting on Managing Mobile Technologies on Campus in Spring 2010 that included 25 participants drawn from eight RI institutions.

ePortfolio Institute - Summer 2010
Three 2-week, 20-hour Summer Institute sessions were held throughout Summer 2010 to provide an opportunity for interested faculty to explore best practices in the use of e-portfolios and digital story telling to enhance student learning and reflection as well as broaden assessment strategies and showcase achievement. The ePortfolio Institute involved 50 faculty, staff and administrators.

Blackboard 8 Upgrade Project - Tutorials and Documentation - August 2009

The Blackboard Course Management system was upgraded to version 8 on August 17, 2009. The Department of Instructional Design has prepared an extensive website of tutorials and documentation in a variety of media and will also offer on-campus and online workshops in the new features of this version.

Instructional Design Website - Summer 2009

e-Teaching Academy - June 2009

The Provost, along with the Online and Distance Learning Committee, sponsored this grant-funded opportunity to inform interested faculty on best practices in effective strategies and techniques for teaching in a distance environment. The course lasted six weeks with one session held on campus and the rest conducted fully online. There were 35 faculty chosen to participate who were drawn from all disciplines across the University and were a mix of full-time and adjunct instructors. Their development efforts will result in a gain of 34 fully online and hybrid courses for our institution's global initiative. The hope is to offer this Academy at least once a year.

Blackboard Quick Starts for Emergency Preparedness - May 2009

A series of Blackboard Quick Start sessions were offered as part of the University's Emergency Response plan in the event of an extended campus shutdown. These brief sessions  prepared participating faculty to upload course documents, handouts, notes, presentations, assignments etc. into their Blackboard courses and also reviewed the communication tools and strategies available to maintain connection to students from a distance. Additional sessions are planned for the 2009-2010 academic year.