Issue #8, January 2008

"Online On Grounds"

This issue focuses on e-learning technologies, on Grounds and beyond.


Blackboard Course Development Workshops will be held in January . Contact us if you'd like to attend. These individualized workshops will help you get started with Blackboard discussion forums and other powerful learning tools.

UVA Teaching Resource Center January Teaching Workshop, Monday, January 14, 2008. Get information and register online.

Engineering Professor Evangelizes 'Higher Ed 2.0' Approach to Teaching

Nov. 15, 2007, UVA Today — Ed Berger wants to change the way that college students learn.

Most professors still teach as their professors once taught them: they stand in front of a class and lecture. Bringing technology into the classroom often involves little more than projecting a PowerPoint presentation of the lecture notes — helpful, to be sure, but hardly revolutionary. After all, professors scribbled with grease pencils on overhead projectors for decades.

What the engineering students in Berger's classes are doing goes well beyond that – so far beyond, in fact, that the National Science Foundation awarded Berger, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, a three-year, $500,000 grant to assess the effectiveness of what he's calling "Higher Ed 2.0." More ...

A Few Words From One BIS Instructor

To hear what one of our BIS instructors has to say about blending Blackboard into her courses, take a look at our BIS Blended Learning Project webpage or click on the following link:

A few words from Charlotte Matthews about blended learning


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Morning Edition, November 28, 2007 · When today's college graduates get together for a reunion someday, they may decide to do it by computer. That's because right now, nearly one in five college students takes at least one class online, according to a new survey.

For professors, the growth of e-learning has meant a big shift in the way they deal with students. More ...

In case you missed it, two installments from NPR's Series on E-Learning:

Upcoming Events

Blackboard Course Development Workshop by appointment in January. Contact us for details.

UVA Teaching Resource Center January Teaching Workshop, Monday, January 14, 2008. Get information and register online.

For additional information, resources and archives see the BIS Blended Learning Project website at

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