Posts Tagged ‘blackboard’

I’ve officially moved my blog to http://professorjosh.com from my wordpress.com site. It will allow me to utilize a variety of new feature, host ads/sponsored post, and a little more freedom to customize in the future.

I’ve enjoyed my time on wordpress.com but it’s time to move to my own hosted wordpress.org site. I’ll be posting soon on the difference for those interested in blogging.

I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to move since I’ve had the domain and hosting for awhile now.

I’ll be redirecting this blog soon, since all the archives have been moved over successful. Make sure to subscribe to my new blog! http://professorjosh.com 

Don’t forget to keep following me on Facebook: http://facebook.com/professorjosh and Twitter: http://twitter.com/professorjosh

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How can you say no to “Free and Cheap Multimedia tools for Educators“? Check out the webinar I’ll be hosting with Blackboard on Thursday June 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. EST. This webinar will assist participates in identifying and incorporating multimedia and instructional tools to accommodate students’ diverse learning styles. The tools featured will be either free or cheap resources to easily incorporate multimedia into your face-to-face or online classroom. Many of the tools discuss have both a desktop and mobile based solution that are great to utilize for student created content too.

Register today for FREE: 

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Did you miss my webinar “Engaging Diverse Learning Styles with Web and Mobile Multimedia Tools that Add Pizzazz to SoftChalk Content” by SoftChalk on June 5, 2013?

SoftChalk Webinar

To accommodate diverse learning styles as well as access to mobile content it has become increasingly important to use multimedia and instructional tools that enhance lessons. The tools featured in this webinar will be either free or cheap resources that easily incorporate a variety of multimedia into your SoftChalk content. Many of the tools have both desktop and mobile based solutions that are great to utilize with online and in class engagement. Plus many of these tools are great for student created content as well.

You can watch the archive by visit http://softchalk.com/learn-more/webinars/innovators

Also get all the links and information by visit my SlideShare:

I’m hosting a webinar for SoftChalk‘s Innovators in Online Learning webinar series on Wednesday, June 5, 2012 at 2 PM EST.

SoftChalk Webinar

Engaging Diverse Learning Styles with Web and Mobile Multimedia Tools that Add Pizzazz to SoftChalk Content

To accommodate diverse learning styles as well as access to mobile content it has become increasingly important to use multimedia and instructional tools that enhance lessons. The tools featured in this webinar will be either free or cheap resources that easily incorporate a variety of multimedia into your SoftChalk content. Many of the tools have both desktop and mobile based solutions that are great to utilize with online and in class engagement. Plus many of these tools are great for student created content as well.

Register today! It’s getting packed!

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https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/417020289

It’s almost that time of year. Blackboard World is right around the corner and it will be hosted in Las Vegas this year. This year Blackboard is hosting a contest to become a VIP BbWorld Blogger!

BB the Robot wants to remind you why I should be a VIP Blogger for BbWorld13!


Who wouldn’t want Professor Josh to be their VIP Blogger, especially on anything EdTech related! I’ve worked in higher education for over 15 years with over 9 years experience teaching educational technology to future K12 teachers. I have a Master of Arts degree in both Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology with a graduate certificate in e-learning. I currently work at the top community college in the nation, Valencia College, as an instructional designer helping faculty navigate the world of Blackboard every day. I’m also an associate faculty member for the Educator Prep Institute teaching the technology for educators courses and IT department teaching Social Networking for Job Search.

Want to know more? Check out my awesome infographic resume! http://vizualize.me/ny6I7gBtMm?r=ny6I7gBtMm

If you are reading this, you already know my blog http://professorjosh.com, which focuses on a variety of educational and technology related topics.

I also blog for our department at Valencia – Learning Technology Services Blog, which will include coverage of BbWorld for our faculty.

Many other schools have referred to the resources and the blogs we have developed, as they make the transition to Blackboard.

I’m on the planning team for a number of technology related events in Orlando: Florida Bloggers Conference, iSummit, TechVenture,  and Startup Weekend Orlando.

I have been a speaker at numerous conferences on social media, multimedia tools, universal design, networking in the 21st century, and other topics.

BB the RobotHere are some sample of other conferences and events I have blogged about recently:

Why do I want to be a BbWorld Blogger?

I’m a blogger at heart! It would be a great experience to actually get a VIP treatment as bloggers at an event like Blackboard World. Many companies are just now understanding the influence of bloggers and social media to propel their company to new heights and be advocates. This opportunity would give me a chance to have access to a variety of keynote speakers and other privileges that would help me create a number of unique blogs on the Blackboard World experience to bring back to our faculty and staff. We have been with Blackboard since the start of Blackboard Learn 9.1, through SP1 to SP11. I’ve been through the ups and downs of a new software that is ever evolving. Blackboard always has some big announcements planned for BbWorld. It would be great to cover them in person.

Please share this post with @Blackboard #BBWorld13 on Twitter and tell them why you think Professor Josh should be a VIP BbWorld Blogger!

Recently I wrote a blog for Blackboard and wanted to share it with my readers too – 3 Tips to Connect with Your Online Students

One of the hardest adjustments for students transitioning from a traditional classroom to an online environment is feeling connected to their teacher. Many times in online courses students are a username while instructors become virtual computers responding back to questions and grading projects. But, this doesn’t have to happen with a few key tricks to creating an environment where online teachers become real.

Here are three simple tips:

Tip 1: Develop a sense of connection between yourself and the students early on in the course through an introduction discussion. Have students post about themselves in discussion boards or blogs to the rest of the class encouraging them to respond to each other. (Don’t forget to include some background questions that relate to the course in this discussion.) As the instructor, the biggest way to start that connection is personalizing your replay to each student, instead of just a cookie cutter response.  To get the thread started, post about yourself with some personal information (your interests, favorite book, etc). Offering personal information will help students connect with you and make it so you aren’t a robotic, online teacher.

Tip 2: Another assignment that helps me learn more about students and teaches them how to use a type of software is an “All About Me” project. I have used both PowerPoint and Glogster for students to create projects on their background, education, job history, personal interest, and future goals. I create an example with my own information, which helps us get to know each other. I make sure to respond, not to just the project feedback, but to the information they include on a personal level.

Video Announcement Example

Tip 3: This tip has been the most successful and seems to be rare among online courses currently. Provide announcements or weekly updates via video updates. I have created weekly updates via webcam for my online educational technology courses for a few semesters now. Students have given great feedback on this type of video announcement. Students say they feel more connected, understand expectations better, and get a better sense of the assignments each week. I tend to follow a similar theme each week for the video announcements.

  • Discuss the previous week with any type of encouragement or reminders needed.
  • Discuss upcoming week assignments with particular details on assignments, best practices, and questions you typically get from students on the various assignments.
  • Highlight something new and refer students to my Tips and Tricks section for a weekly extra on a tool or information.

This type of video announcement is easy to produce using a basic webcam, sometimes recorded directly to YouTube as an unlisted video. Unlisted setting allows you to easily share the link or embed without having the video searchable or showing up on your YouTube channel. YouTube is great because it will automatically transcode any media to the correct format and is accessible on most mobile devices. Don’t forget how important audio quality is when recording; consider using a microphone instead of the webcam microphone, depending on its quality and clarity. Create a simple script or outline to follow each week as you record, this will help you keep on track and not forget that detail you wanted to discussion.

This type of video announcement lets your students see their online teacher, which is often rare in a fully online course. I typically will embed the video into the announcement area, which will be even easier now with the new Video Everywhere feature added into the new Content Editor for Service Pack 10. It’s also important to include a transcription of the announcement for students needing access to a text version, until auto transcription improves.

Feeling more connected to the course always is always comforting for students, especially those taking their first online course or struggling to understand assignments based on text directions and examples.

Example of one of my Final Week’s Announcements:

Follow these 3 simple tips and I guarantee students will give you positive feedback in the end about feeling more connected and understand assignments better. I receive few questions about the assignments and tend to have less feedback about missing key part by emphasizing them in the video announcement. I get to know my students much better and much earlier in the course using through the introduction discussion and “All About Me” projects. I feel more connected to my online course following these tips, too.

It’s almost that time of year. Blackboard World is right around the corner and it will be hosted in New Orleans this year. This year Blackboard is hosting a contest to become a VIP BbWorld Blogger!

Let BB the Robot tell you why I should be a VIP Blogger for Bb World!


Who wouldn’t want Professor Josh to be their VIP Blogger, especially on anything Ed-tech related! I’ve worked in higher education for over 14 years with over 8 years experience teaching educational technology to future K12 teachers. I have a Master of Arts degree in both Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology with a graduate certificate in e-learning. I currently work at the #1 community college in the nation (says the Aspen Institute) Valencia College as an instructional designer helping faculty navigate the world of Blackboard every day. I’m also an associate faculty member for the Educator Prep Institute teaching the technology for educators course.

Josh Murdock Headshot

Josh Murdock (photo by amandakern.com)

Want to know more? Check out my awesome infographic resume! http://vizualize.me/ny6I7gBtMm?r=ny6I7gBtMm

If you are reading this, you already know my blog http://professorjosh.com, which focuses on a variety of educational and technology related topics.

I also blog for our department at Valencia – Moving to Blackboard & Valencia – Learning Technology.

Many other schools have referred to the resources and blogs we have developed as they make the transition to Blackboard.

I’m on the planning team for a number of technology related events in Orlando: Central Florida Bloggers Conference, iSummit, TechVenture,  and Startup Weekend Orlando.

I have been a speaker at numerous conferences on social media, multimedia tools, universal design, networking in the 21st century, and many other topics.

Why do I want to be a BbWorld Blogger?

I’m a blogger at heart! It would be a great experience to actually get a VIP treatment as bloggers at an event like Blackboard World. Many companies are just now understanding the influence of bloggers and social media to propel their company to new heights and be advocates. This opportunity would give me a chance to have access to a variety of keynote speakers and other privileges that would help me create a number of unique blogs on the Blackboard World experience. We have been with Blackboard since the start of Blackboard Learn 9.1, through SP1 to SP8. I’ve been through the ups and downs of a new software that is ever evolving. Blackboard always has some big announcements for BbWorld. It would be great to cover them in person.

Please share this post with @Blackboard on Twitter and tell them why you think Professor Josh should be a VIP BbWorld Blogger!