Blackboard Usage Statistics for Teaching Credit‐Courses at NIU by Semester 

  Table 1. Use of Blackboard by (individual) Students 
  Spring  Summer  Fall 
 

Spring

Summer

Fall

2002  2003  2004  2005  7,695  12,966  15,737  18,406 1,438  2,612  3,320  4,248 11,371  16,411  18,756  20,596

2006  19,399 4,592 22,625

2007  20,319 5,348 22,873

2008  21,171 5,811 22,752

2009  21,156 6,259 23,285

2010  21,447 6,181 23,040

Usage % for fall ’10 with 23,795 enrolled is 96.8% of total number of enrolled students 

Table 2. Use of Blackboard by (individual) Faculty/Staff/TAs to Teach 
  2002  Spring  238  Summer  57  Fall  259  2003  357  108  425  2004  403  155  516  2005  618  202  667  2006  702  231  865  2007  2008  2009  2010  721  880  1,110 1,205 271  300  351  325  909  1,070 1,228 1,320

Usage % for fall ’10 with 1,761* faculty/instructors/TA/teaching staff is 74.96%  *1,761 includes only those providing direct instruction 
   

Table 3. Number of Course Sections on Blackboard 
  2002  Spring  344  Summer  65  Fall  535  2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  661  865  1,272 1,314 1,445 1,827 2,150 2,269 110  154  236  239  287  351  418  389  855  1,098  1,314 1,857 1,876 2,084 2,352 2,514

Course sections range from face‐to‐face courses with online components to “online courses.”  Usage % for fall ’10 courses with 5,106* sections is 49.23%  *No. of course sections including thesis, dissertation, and independent studies is 5,106 
   

Table 4. Number of Enrollments in Blackboard   (students enrolled in several courses in a semester that use Blackboard) 
  Spring  Summer  Fall  2002  2003  2004  2005  10,556  24,423  31,719  45,192 1,651  3,155  3,329  5,525 20,485  30,852  41,280  50,229 2006  48,842 5,713 69,126 2007  56,267 7,075 71,311 2008  65,916 8,082 73,215 2009  70,462 9,169 83,197 2010  77,580 9,171 87,687

Prepared by Murali Krishnamurthi with data supplied by R&R and ITS 

NIU Blackboard Next Generation (Version 9.1) Upgrade Faculty Support Plan 
Install new system on a  development (BbDev)  server  Test new features and  system interfaces  Create upgrade page to  document new  features, changes, and  include links to  applicable support  materials provided by  Blackboard  Update Teaching with  Blackboard support site   (niu.edu/blackboard) to  reflect new features &  major interface changes   Convert site from  WebCRMA to new  Cascade CMS as part of  the redesign update  process  Outline of features and  pre‐existing support  materials at  niu.edu/blackboard/9.1  Articles in Fall ’10  &  Spring ’11 newsletters  and campus media  Episodes on Teaching  with Blackboard Podcast  devoted to changes  Notices of new features  coming posted to FacDev  blog, Twitter, and  Facebook  Screencasts and/or quick  tip highlighting changes  Online preview sessions  archived for on‐demand  viewing    2 invite‐only hands‐on  preview sessions for    support staff and faculty    power users  [3/29, 4/6]    3 online preview sessions  [60 min] for faculty/staff    & TAs via Wimba  Classroom  [3/28, 4/12,    4/26]     3 hands‐on preview    sessions for faculty/staff  & TAs [4/8, 5/3, 5/16]     2 invite‐only hands‐on    preview sessions for  faculty teaching during    intercession [4/28, 5/16]        10 Bb Tune‐up sessions  for experienced users;   hands‐on overview of  changes and new features  [6/6, 6/7, 7/19,  7/27, 8/4,  8/9, 8/11, 8/17(2), 8/19]  7 Bb I & II hands‐on  sessions for users new to  Bb [6/2, 6/15, 7/13, 7/28,  8/15, 8/19]   2 Bb NG Boot Camps (4  in‐depth hands‐on  sessions for faculty/staff  on 9.1 new feature sets)  [6/3, 8/10]  Blackboard Open Lab  sessions [11AM‐1PM]  each day during 1st week  of summer & fall 2011  terms [6/13, 6/14, 6/15,  6/16, 8/22, 8/23, 8/24,  8/25, 8/26]  College‐specific sessions  available upon request    Consultations with  individual faculty/staff  and TAs upon request 

Phase 5: Open Labs  & Special Sessions 

Phase 4: Hands‐on Face‐to‐Face Workshops  (Beginning Summer 2011) All workshops 90 mins each 

  Phase 3: Preview Sessions (Beginning Spring 2011)   Hands‐on preview sessions 90 mins each; Online preview sessions 60 mins each   

Phase 2: Communications of New Features and User Interface Changes (Beginning Fall 2010) 
   

 

Phase 1: Documentation and Support Materials Preparation (Beginning Summer 2010) 
Hands‐on preview sessions and face‐to‐face workshops will be 90 minutes in length; Online preview sessions will be 60 minutes in length

NIU Blackboard Next Generation (Version 9.1) Upgrade Faculty Support Timeline 
Version 9.1  installed on  bbdev 

 

FacDev &  ITS begin    testing  Redesign of existing  system  support site begins 

Support plan drafted &  shared with Provost,  Council of Deans, and  Faculty Development  Advisory Committee 

   

Initial draft of  redesigned  support site  ready on new  CMS 

Preliminary  info on 9.1  available on  current  support site 

New support  site goes live 

New tutorials, quick guides,  etc. developed in response to  questions received  New features in 9.1 covered in  all future Blackboard  workshops   Consultations with individual  faculty/staff and TAs upon  request 

     

2010                                           2011         
 

Outage /  Upgrade  to Bb 9.1  (5/29 ‐  5/30)  

   9/10         10/10         11/10         12/10          1/11          2/11          3/11          4/11          5/11          6/11          7/11          8/11          9/11

Phase 1: Documentation and Support Materials Preparation 

Phase 2: Communications of New Features and User Interface Changes  Phase 3: Preview  Sessions  Phase 4: Hands‐on Face‐to‐Face Workshops  Phase 5: Open Labs & Special  Sessions 
Last updated: 3/28/11 

NIU Blackboard Next Generation (Version 9.1) Workshops ‐ Spring / Summer 2011 
Schedule of Sessions
March 2011 • Mon, 3/28, 11:30am-1:00pm - Blackboard Next Generation Preview (online) • Tue, 3/29, 1:30-3:00pm - Blackboard Next Generation Preview (invite-only, hands-on preview for support staff and faculty power users) April 2011 • Wed, 4/6, 10:00am-11:30am - Blackboard Next Generation Preview (invite-only, hands-on preview for support staff and faculty power users) • Fri, 4/8, 10:30am-12:00pm - Blackboard Next Generation Preview (hands-on) • Tue, 4/12, 12:00pm-1:00pm - Blackboard Next Generation Assignments Preview (online) • Tue, 4/26, 11:30am-1:00pm - Blackboard Next Generation Preview (online) • Thu, 4/28, 1:30pm-3:00pm – Blackboard Next Generation Preview (hands-on, intercession only) May 2011 • Tue, 5/3, 2:00pm-3:30pm - Blackboard Next Generation Preview (hands-on) • Mon, 5/16, 2:00pm-3:30pm – Blackboard Next Generation Preview (hands-on, intercession only) • Wed, 5/18, 10:00am-11:30am – Blackboard Next Generation Preview (hands-on) June 2011 **6/13-6/17 = First week of Summer Classes** • Thu, 6/2, 9:00am-12:00pm - Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard (1st Bb I using 9.1, for new Bb users) • Fri, 6/3, 8:30am-4:30pm - Blackboard Next Generation Boot Camp (4, 90 min. in-depth hands-on sessions on 9.1 feature sets) • Mon, 6/6, 1:00pm-2:30pm - Blackboard Tune-up: New Features in the Next Generation of Blackboard (overview of new features in 9.1 for experienced users) • Tue, 6/7, 1:00pm-2:30pm - Blackboard Tune-up: New Features in the Next Generation of Blackboard (overview of new features in 9.1 for experienced users) • Mon, 6/13, 11:00am-1:00pm - Blackboard Open Lab (9.1 individual assistance for experienced users) • Tue, 6/14, 11:00am-1:00pm - Blackboard Open Lab (9.1 individual assistance for experienced users) • Wed, 6/15, 11:00am-1:00pm - Blackboard Open Lab (9.1 individual assistance for experienced users) • Wed, 6/15, 1:00pm-4:00pm - Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard (intro to 9.1 for new Bb users) • Thu, 6/16, 11:00am-1:00pm - Blackboard Open Lab (9.1 individual assistance for experienced users) • Mon, 6/20, 2:00pm-3:309m - Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course (assistance for Bb I attendees building their own course) July 2011 • Wed, 7/13, 9:00am-12:00pm - Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard (intro to 9.1 for new Bb users) • Tue, 7/19, 10:00am-11:30am - Blackboard Tune-up: New Features in the Next Generation of Blackboard (overview of new features in 9.1 for experienced users) • Thu, 7/27, 2:00pm-3:30pm - Blackboard Tune-up: New Features in the Next Generation of Blackboard (overview of new features in 9.1 for experienced users) • Thu, 7/28, 12:00pm-1:00pm - Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course (assistance for Bb I attendees building their own course) (online) August 2011 **8/22-8/26 = First week of Fall Classes** • Thu, 8/4, 9:30am-11:00am - Blackboard Tune-up: New Features in the Next Generation of Blackboard (overview of new features in 9.1 for experienced users) • Tue, 8/9, 2:00pm-3:30pm - Blackboard Tune-up: New Features in the Next Generation of Blackboard (overview of new features in 9.1 for experienced users) • Wed, 8/10, 8:30am-4:30pm - Blackboard Next Generation Boot Camp (4, 90 min. in-depth hands-on sessions on 9.1 feature sets) • Thu, 8/11, 10:00am-11:30am - Blackboard Tune-up: New Features in the Next Generation of Blackboard (overview of new features in 9.1 for experienced users) • Mon, 8/15, 1:00pm-4:00pm - Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard (intro to 9.1 for new Bb users) • Tue, 8/16, 1:00pm-4:00pm – Communicating and Collaborating in Blackboard Next Generation (focusing more in-depth on 9.1 new features) • Wed, 8/17, 9:00am-10:30am - Blackboard Tune-up: New Features in the Next Generation of Blackboard (overview of new features in 9.1 for experienced users) • Wed, 8/17, 2:00pm-3:30pm - Blackboard Tune-up: New Features in the Next Generation of Blackboard (overview of new features in 9.1 for experienced users) • Fri, 8/19, 9:00am-12:00pm - Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard (intro to 9.1 for new Bb users) • Fri, 8/19, 2:00pm-3:30pm - Blackboard Tune-up: New Features in the Next Generation of Blackboard (overview of new features in 9.1 for experienced users) • Mon, 8/22, 11:00am-1:00pm - Blackboard Open Lab (9.1 individual assistance for experienced users) • Tue, 8/23, 10:00am-12:00pm - Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course (assistance for Bb I attendees building their own course) • Tue, 8/23, 11:00am-1:00pm - Blackboard Open Lab (9.1 individual assistance for experienced users) • Wed, 8/24, 11:00am-1:00pm - Blackboard Open Lab (9.1 individual assistance for experienced users) • Thu, 8/25, 11:00am-1:00pm - Blackboard Open Lab (9.1 individual assistance for experienced users) • Fri, 8/26, 11:00am-1:00pm - Blackboard Open Lab (9.1 individual assistance for experienced users)
 

Location
Wimba AL100 AL100 AL100 Wimba Wimba AL100 AL100 AL100 AL100 AL100 AL100 AL100 AL100 AD323 AD323 AD323 AL100 AD323 FO297 AD323 AL100 AL100 Wimba AL100 FO297 FO297 AL100 AL100 AL100 FO297 FO297 FO297 AL100 AL100 FO297 AL100 AL100 AL100 AL100 10 576

Capacity
500 48 48 48 500 500 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 48 10 10 10 48 10 36 10 48 48 25 48 36 36 48 48 48 36 36 36 48 48 36 48 48 48 48 9 280

Total Preview Sessions  Total Preview Capacity 

10  1,863 

   

Total Hands‐on Workshops (New Users) Total Hands‐on (New Users) Capacity

8 287

Total “Tune‐up” Hands‐on Workshops (Exp. Users) Total “Tune‐up” Hands‐on (Exp. Users) Capacity

Total Open Lab Sessions Total Open Lab Capacity

Last updated: 3/28/2011 

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