Blackboard Ultra Ambassadors

These NIU faculty and staff, experienced with teaching in the Ultra Course View, were invited to serve as Blackboard Ultra Ambassadors during the Blackboard Ultra Transition Academy and met regularly with their assigned participants throughout the Academy.

Name Department Role Cohort(s)
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Diane Alberts Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Natalie Andzik Special and Early Education Faculty Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Therese Arado Law Library Faculty Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Danica Billingsly Allied Health and Communicative Disorders Faculty Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Gibson Cima Theatre and Dance Faculty Ambassador Fall 2022
Bryan Dallas Interdisciplinary Health Professions Faculty Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Rachel Donegan Special and Early Education Faculty Ambassador Summer 2022
Nicholas Grahovec Kinesiology and Physical Education Faculty Ambassador Fall 2022
Kelly Gross Art and Design Faculty Ambassador Fall 2022
Megan Holt Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Jennifer Howard Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Yvonne Johnson Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Vera Lind History Faculty Ambassador Fall 2022
Edward Miguel Electrical Engineering Faculty Ambassador Fall 2022
Tracy Miller Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Christiane Ong-McCarthy Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Cynthia Paralejas Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Rob Piercy Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Jennifer Redisi Marketing Faculty Ambassador Fall 2022
Jason Rhode Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Stephanie Richter Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Amanda Smothers Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Michael Strunk Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Michael Taylor Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Stephanie Uhr Nursing Faculty Ambassador Fall 2022
Jason Underwood Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Staff Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Stephen Walker Special and Early Education Faculty Ambassador Summer 2022
Dawn Westhoff World Languages and Cultures Faculty Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022
Tyler Wood Kinesiology and Physical Education Faculty Ambassador Summer 2022, Fall 2022

Ambassador Feedback

"Danica Billingsly is my Ultra Transition Academy ambassador/partner, who met with me every week during the course to help with answering my questions, teaching and guiding me to use ultra. She is not only knowledgeable about Ultra, but her amicable and easygoing personality, as well as her efficiency and productivity during the meeting really impressed me! She is a great model of good teacher, helpful college and productive worker. I wish many people can have the chance to work with her and learn from her." (June 9, 2022)

"Megan Holt was truly an excellent “ambassador” for the Center for Innovative Teaching and Leaning’s recent Blackboard Ultra Transition Academy. She was very patient with my many questions and provided precise, well organized suggestions for building my summer course in Blackboard Ultra. She was also wonderful to work with in a virtual context." (June 9, 2022)

"Oh my gosh! Megan Holt was the most amazing ambassador! She was so supportive and so informative as I worked through the BB Ultra Academy. I’m so glad to know that she’ll continue to be “in the wings” (she likes birds) to support when I get stuck. Thank you, Megan! Your department is incredible." (June 22, 2022)

"Mike Taylor answered all of the questions I had about the new Ultra Blackboard learning platform. He listened intently and then covered lengthy explanations with knowledge, courtesy and professionalism. He allowed me to work hands on, ensuring I understood and could duplicate the results in the future. He’s an amazing teacher, and I was so very lucky to be able to work with him!" (June 9, 2022)


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