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Submit your Request to Showcase for the March 5, 2020 Faculty Showcase & Reception!

The Spring 2020 Faculty Showcase & Reception is scheduled for March 5, 2020 from 3pm-5pm in Watson Auditorium. The Request to Showcase form is open so save the date and submit your request to showcase by February 14th, 2020!

On March 14th, 2019 Wentworth celebrated accomplishments of faculty including: teaching, scholarship, professorships, mini-grants, EPIC learning, sabbaticals, and creative works. Over 70 attendees gathered to explore new ideas and possibilities, engage their curiosity, and converse with colleagues. Check out the Photo Gallery and Showcase Presentations.

What's Happening with Blackboard at Wentworth?

As you know, Wentworth is exploring replacing our learning management system (LMS), currently Blackboard Learn. Wentworth faculty, students, and staff turned out this fall to provide feedback on three learning management systems (Brightspace, Canvas, and Blackboard Ultra) to replace our current Blackboard Learn LMS in the upcoming academic year. Community feedback was gathered and testing of these products against use cases (identified by the LMS Taskforce and given to each of the vendors as part of the RFP) is underway. A small team of faculty, students, staff, and academic leaders were invited to review the vendor evaluations, make a recommendation for selection of Wentworth’s next LMS, participate in defining a transition and rollout plan for migration from Blackboard Learn (current LMS) to the new, and recommend minimum use criteria and a course template.

Access the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment at Wentworth SharePoint Site to watch recordings of the vendor demonstrations and learn more about why we're looking at the LMS including the assessment data gathered from students, faculty, staff and academic leaders. The data provided is a compilation of analyses done over the last few years looking at how faculty use our current LMS and how students interact with the LMS.

Please feel free to reach out to LMS Taskforce colleagues with questions, concerns, and input. This work is very much a shared governance, open and transparent process.

Make Your Course and Materials Easier to Access!

Wouldn't it be great if all of your students could easily access your course content in the ways that best fit how they learn? With a little effort and assistance, you can design your content so it can be read, listened to, and watched using different kinds of devices. This helps students who use assistive technology, commute, like to listen to content while doing something else, and are not native English speakers. The end result is the ability to learn anytime, anywhere. A new tool was turned on in Blackboard called Ally that allows you to identify and correct accessibility issues in your course content. Ally provides you guidance on how to correct any accessibility issues. Ally automatically creates alternative versions of your files so students can choose the type of file they want that best suits their needs. While you’re in the process of improving files, students can still access alternative copies. Using videos that you’d like to caption? Contact LIT for captioning assistance. Do you like self-help resources? Visit this accessibility webpage and LibraryGuide that provides just in time resources. Increase student success by using transparency in assignment purpose, task, and criteria. Learn more about Universal Design for Learning practices to reach and engage the most learners!

https://www.hastac.org/blogs/loratompkins/2018/02/15/digital-accessibility-and-you