Unedited and Much Better Version of Why I Want to be a VIP BbWorld Blogger

Over the last couple of weeks, I have logged in to scope out the competition, read about their accomplishments, and checked out their long-standing blogs. The more I looked, the more I thought “why choose someone who has no public track-record of blogging or long-standing public reputation in the online world?” Then I was reminded of my son when he ran for Student Council back in the 7th grade. He came home one day and told me that he was running for the “different guy”. His entire platform was that he wasn’t popular or well-known, but that he had a vision and the desire to represent the “other guy.”

I decided that I too would put myself out there as the undiscovered, up-and-coming, surely to be spoken of as “keep your eye out for this one” candidate to be a VIP BbWorld Blogger. I am not going to even attempt to out-do a listing of accomplishments that many of the applicants have offered, rather I will share some of my experience as well as show you the advantage of hiring the newbie.

  • I DO have a lot of experience in the online world as a faculty end-user. I have used Blackboard in my online and face-to-face classes since 2006 and before that I created my own web pages to deliver student content…as in as far back as the late 90′s. Want to know more? Check out “My Long and Winding Path Down the Information Super Highway”.
  • I DO write a lot about Blackboard in my weekly internal newsletter for the faculty I serve at Ivy Tech Community College in Southern Indiana. For those who haven’t heard of Ivy Tech, I will share that we are the nation’s largest singly-accredited community college and we happen to be running all 23 campuses on a single address for Bb 9.1. We serve nearly 200,000 students annually!
  • I DO blog in a manner of speaking with my facebook site and through my twitter account. I would guess that as much as 2/3 of my postings on those sites are related to either education or my other profession which is nursing.
  • Did I happen to mention that I will be cross-posting my blog to the Ivy Tech facebook site which currently has over 58,500 “likes”? Talk about EXPOSURE!
  • I am EXCITED…about everything, but especially improving the online experience of our faculty and students. I will bring an unadulterated opinion, fresh eyes, and the ability to relay what I learn to faculty at all levels.
  • I CAN’T WAIT to see the listing of sessions so I can plan ahead to make every moment of my trip to BbWorld2012 count.
  • When I go to conferences I get there EARLY each day and leave LATE each evening so as not to miss a single learning moment or networking opportunity.
  • I am THAT person on campus. You know, the one you go to when you don’t know how to do something in Blackboard, the one who trains the faculty to be online certified, the one who makes sure she stays on top of changes in the Bb world so they may be shared with the faculty. When registration for Dr. Bonk’s MOOC opened a couple of weeks ago, I am the one who made certain the faculty knew about it via email, the newsletter, and facebook. During the first live session, I was texting, tweeting, chatting, and posting but the best part of it was, I had some of my peers with me!

I just might be one of Indiana’s best-kept secrets! Here is your opportunity to be the ones to take the credit for uncovering this bundle of curious energy and turning it loose by choosing me to be a BbWorld 2012 VIP Blogger. ~Lacie

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Lacie Crone is the Online Technologies Coordinator for Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg, Indiana. Her other activities include being a single-mom, an adjunct instructor, a pediatric ICU nurse on the weekends at Kosair Children’s Hospital, a fund raiser and team leader for the Bike to Beat Cancer, and this winter she will be returning to the classroom herself to work on a PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning. She is passionate about the possibilities for online learning particularly in the areas of universal design.

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