Published on July 15, 2009
Evaluating Blackboard Use on Your Campus A review of the "Project ASTRO" Greenhouse Grant Eric Kunnen Coordinator of Instructional Technologies Grand Rapids Community College firstname.lastname@example.org Santo Nucifora Manager of Systems Development and Innovation Seneca College email@example.com
Overview • Evaluating Blackboard Use on Your Campus A review of the "Project ASTRO" Greenhouse Grant - Session Description: – Collecting and reporting on system activity information from Blackboard is often a challenge. Come and learn how to easily access reports on how Blackboard is being used by faculty, staff, and students which will help you: inform stakeholders, improve the engagement of end users, increase adoption, and to encourage deeper use of Blackboard by faculty, staff, and students. • Key Functions of Project ASTRO: – Tracking Automatic tracking (via Building Block) of courses, organizations, users, and tools. – Reporting Easy point and click access to advanced reports. – Discovery Ability to measure trends and analyze usage. – Sharing Inform key stakeholders of usage levels. – Acting Identify, target, and engage users using reports.
Agenda • Why Reporting? • Gathering System Reports • Quick Overview of Greenhouse Grant • Getting Started with ASTRO • Live Demo & Example Use Cases • Comments / Questions
Why Reporting? – How many faculty and students are using Bb? – What tools are used in our system? – How can we improve and promote new tools? – Who do we need to communicate with for the next upgrade? – Who are our innovative faculty? – How does faculty use compare to student use? – Which departments are using Bb and to what degree? – How can we use these data to encourage deeper use and create awareness of Bb? – What is the impact of Bb in teaching and learning?
The Potential of Reporting • Usage Statistics – Ability to monitor and better determine which parts of the system are the most frequently used and less frequently used, thereby providing targeted promotion and training of specific tools or features that would benefit both faculty and students. (Student/Faculty Engagement, Adoption, Retention, and Satisfaction) • Accountability – Ability to provide metrics and trend data that can be obtained from the system to determine accurate statistics on usage for stakeholders requiring data-driven decisions and measures. (Department Action Plans, Continuous Quality Improvement) • Planning - Data obtained will enable institutions to better prepare and optimize system configuration, change management, manage upgrades, monitor performance, rolling out new tools, communication of issues, and investigate infrastructure hardware purchases for future growth. (Upgrade Management and System Growth) • Return on Investment - Data gathered can help determine and allow for the maximization of Blackboard use by faculty, staff, and students. (ROI and Accountability)
Gathering System Reports • Built-In Standard System Reports • Built-In Advanced Report Templates • Google Analytics • Quick Polls • Surveys • Who’s Online • Course Statistics • Custom Scripts • …
Quick Overview of Greenhouse Grant • Goal - To build a community based advanced reporting tool and Blackboard Building Block that will empower institutions to become more accountable and able to use data-driven decision making to enhance, optimize, and advance Blackboard Academic Suite usage in teaching and learning. • Awarded in 2007 • Code Name = Project ASTRO
Project ASTRO – Timeline February 2007 Proposal Submitted July 2007 November 2007 Awarded at BbWorld Requirements, Scanning, USF (Glen Parker) December 2007 Conference April 2008 Call Bb and UMBC (John Face to Face Meeting Fritz) at Seneca, Listserv July 2008 June 2008 Project Update, Survey - James Cook Poster Session, HTML University, Australia Mockup (Anne A’Herran) June 2009 Face to Face Meeting July 2009 at Seneca Beta Available at BbWorld09
Getting Started with Project ASTRO • Building Block Installation • Configuration Wizard – Reporting Periods – Departments – Sub-Departments – Active Course Definition • Initial Data Gathering Task • Cleanup
Live Demo and Example Use Cases
Screen Capture Demo
Dashboard • At a Glance Views • Active vs Inactive Courses including Departments • Top Courses and Organizations for Week • Top Tools Used by Instructors and Students • Top Portal Modules Used
Active Courses • Department vs Sub Department • Courses, Percentage, Instructors, Students • Semester Trends
Active Instructors & Students • Percentage and Trends
Activity in Active Courses • Page Views (Hits) by Instructor and Student • Courses with Page Views vs Total Page Views • Break Down by Day, Week, Month, All
Top Week Tool Page Views • Student vs Instructor
Course Tool Page Views • Tool Page Views (including Building Blocks) • Trends, Course, Instructor, Student Comparison
Course Tool Items • Building Block Tool Tracking • Drill Down by Courses and Instructor Using Tools • Trends
Activity By Course
Activity by User
Project ASTRO – Next Steps • Continue Beta – Extend and Expand Application with Community • Release to Open Source? • Blackboard CommunityLINK Potential? – Build an online repository of report data that can be populated by the ASTRO Blackboard Building Block to allow institutions to do benchmarking, promote collaboration, information exchange, and sharing of best practices.
Comments / Questions
University of South Florida Thank You! * Grinnell College Wayne State University Teesside University • Blackboard Inc. Durham University * Grand Rapids Community College • Institutions requested Beta * Seneca College • ASTRO Listserv Members Calvin College Palomar College • ASU Listserv Members University of Melbourne Doncaster College University of Derby Fayetteville State University Virginia Community Colleges University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Sheffield Hallam University Princeton ROC Midden Nederland University of Oregon Northwestern University University of South Carolina
More Information • Web – http://projects.oscelot.org/gf/project/astro/ • Listserv – http://listserv.uic.edu/archives/astro.html • Email – Eric Kunnen Coordinator of Instructional Technologies Grand Rapids Community College firstname.lastname@example.org – Santo Nucifora Manager of Systems Development and Innovation Seneca College email@example.com
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