It’s safe to say Stephanie Richter is an expert’s expert on Blackboard Learn, an important virtual learning environment for educators and the platform at the heart of NIU’s pivot to remote learning this spring in response to the pandemic.
Richter, director of faculty development and instructional support at NIU’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, has been deeply involved in the Blackboard Community for more than a decade. She is often sought out by other institutions for guidance on use, implementation and providing support to faculty for using Blackboard for teaching and learning. Along with other CITL staff members, she also has been recognized with awards for NIU’s implementation of Blackboard.
Now Richter is stepping up her involvement. She recently was selected to be a member of the inaugural Blackboard Community Leadership Circle, a small client-led governance/advisory board positioned to lead and influence community initiatives for Blackboard.
“This is a well-deserved recognition and elevated opportunity for Stephanie to provide input into Blackboard Support Community initiatives,” said Jason Rhode, NIU executive director of extended learning and chief online officer.
“Her new role gives NIU an important voice in the future development of Blackboard Support,” he added. “The insights and support expertise of Stephanie and her team in the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning have been vital to supporting faculty and students as they made the quick pivot to remote teaching and learning.”
Members of Blackboard’s CLC are selected by an internal committee comprised of Blackboard leaders from various functions of the business. Once selected, members will contribute to the mission in a variety of ways and can be appointed to one of six leadership committees.
“My involvement with the Blackboard community helps CITL better serve NIU’s faculty and students,” Richter said. “I am privileged to have the opportunity to learn about Blackboard’s future direction and development plans, and to advocate for changes that improve the teaching and learning experience in Blackboard.”
Richter also founded and serves as co-leader of the Chicago-Area Blackboard User Group, which facilitates sharing of practices among Chicago-area and other Illinois institutions who are also Blackboard clients.