Instructional Design Newsletter – June 2017

2017 June

What is Bb Instructor?

Bb Instructor is Blackboard’s new mobile and tablet-optimized app*. Bb Instructor is expected to be available globally in July 2017 on iOS and Android and will focus on workflows that are most important to instructors. The first release of Bb Instructor will include the ability to access courses, view content and tests, participate in discussions, create announcements, and join Collaborate sessions. Bb Instructor will be on our continuous release cycle, so you’ll see new functionality and improvements monthly.

More information to come.

Faculty Tech Bytes – survey for Fall 2017 sessions

The TLTC is currently planning the 2017 Fall Faculty Tech Bytes series, and we would like your input!

The following survey, created in Qualtrics, should take less than 2 minutes to complete. Your feedback on session offerings, format, time, and any other comments will be helpful as the 2017 Fall schedule is formed.

Productivity Series

The TLTC will be offering a series of classes this July to help improve individual productivity with software offered by Seton Hall University. All administrators and faculty are invited to come learn about Office365 and MS Excel, two of our more popular programs.

Our first class will be looking at Office365 and using the cloud to easily store and retrieve your files. The second session will focus on Excel, its basics, formulas, functions and pivot tables, a powerful data analysis tool. In addition, the third session will focus on what’s new in Office365, programs like Sway, Forms and Teams. These classes will be interactive, so please bring your laptop and be ready to explore all these features.

Wednesday, July 12: Office365 & the “Cloud”
Wednesday, July 19: Spreadsheets 101: Using Excel
Wednesday, July 26: Office365: The Next Step

Breakfast and lunch will be served at all sessions.

Summer Series 2017 – the SUMMER OF FUN

Upcoming Sessions:

Game On!
Wednesday, June 7 | click here to register
Games can be used to create meaningful learning experiences, motivate learners, and provide a space for practice and iteration (permission to fail.) In this workshop, you will get practical advice and hands on experience with simple and serious games for learning. We will also play several examples of games, discussing which elements provide the most benefit for classroom use.

Adventures in Online Learning
Wednesday, June 14 | click here to register
This workshop is designed for new and seasoned online instructors. The day will start with an overview of Quality Matters as well as hands on activities to better understand the process of creating a new online course. This will be followed by discussions and demonstrations of how to incorporate video into courses including length of videos, tools for creation and hosting options. The adventure will continue with Open Educational Resources and other electronic resources that are available support student learning. The finale includes new tools available to increase instructor presence and students engagement online.

For all Workshops:
9:30 am for Breakfast
10:00 am – 2:00 pm for Workshop
Lunch will be provided
Location ~ Space 154, Walsh Library

A Snowball microphone will be raffled off each day!

Session descriptions and registration links available at:


Instructional Design Team

Danielle Mirliss, Ed.D.
Director for Instructional Design and Computer Training, TLT Center
(973) 313-6021
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Renee M. Cicchino, M.A.
Senior Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6249
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  • Online Course Development Project Manager
  • Special Projects
  • School of Diplomacy
  • University Library

Amy Phillips, M.Ed.
Learning Systems Manager
(973) 275-2933
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  • Blackboard Support

Bill Otskey
Computer Training Services, Manager
(973) 275-2161

Shayle Adrian, M.S., M.Ed.
Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6189
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  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
  • College of Communication & The Arts
  • School of Health & Medical Sciences

Veronica Armour, M.A.T.
Instructional Designer
(973) 275-2930
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  • College of Education & Human Services
  • Department of English
  • Freshman Studies
  • Department of Criminal Justice
  • Language, Literature & Culture

Heidi Trotta, M.A., Ed.M.
Instructional Designer
(973) 275-2882
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  • College of Nursing
  • Department of Political Science & Public Affairs
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • School of Theology
  • Department of Religion

Riad Twal, Ed.S.
Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6043
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  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Math & Computer Science
  • Stillman School of Business


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