ABSO’s Online Dashboard for Faculty Start-Up Accounts


ABSO has implemented a new online dashboard where faculty start-up account information can be easily retrieved by department, college, and faculty name. Please be aware that start-up account balances may take one or two business days to appear on this new platform.

Explore black experiences, cultures, and knowledge production across time and space through an intersectional and diasporic lens. Beginning in Fall 2022, this course fulfills one unit in each of the BU Hub areas listed below:

1. Access to a variety of learning content

Learning hubs provide learners with an accessible one-stop source for finding what they need, using AI-driven recommendations to surface courses and resources based on learning activity and LinkedIn insights.

This solution was designed for training employees, customers, and channels across various industries such as aviation, call centers, energy, finance, food & beverages, hospitality IT, manufacturing, non-profit organizations, and telecommunications. This consists of creating video conferencing ecommerce with customized themes, templates, and fonts, a branded user experience, and analytics tools that analyze engagement and test results, among other data.

Administrators can easily create and edit lessons with drag-and-drop, adding documents, images, SCORM-standardized content, and quiz questions. Gamification elements promote employee participation through badges, points leaderboards, and other rewards; its user-friendly UI accommodates users with disabilities while multiple languages are integrated into its system; users can download lessons onto mobile devices for offline training. In addition, visual reports that can be sorted according to units, learning paths, or user groups provide visual information for analysis.

3. Self-directed learning

Health professionals work in an ever-evolving profession; medical knowledge has been reported to double every 73 days [1. Self-directed learning has become essential to developing health professional skills and is being increasingly integrated into health education programs.

These hubs are designed to empower students to take control of their learning with an easy-to-use platform, creating an engaging environment that fosters exploration and creativity. Facilitated by an onsite expert with workshop facilitation capabilities and tutorial delivery capability, as well as offering access to learning resources and AI-driven recommendations based on learning activity and LinkedIn insights, these spaces encourage an immersive environment where exploration can flourish.

Nursing students must remain adaptable and flexible as trends, technologies, publications, and patient data continuously change to fulfill their responsibilities effectively as nursing professionals. In this study, small group learning versus individual self-directed learning via video simulation was tested on how both methods affected student knowledge acquisition for emergency procedures; results indicated that self-directed small group learning led to significantly increased confidence when performing complex and straightforward emergency procedures compared to the control group.

4. Social learning

Learning hubs began as temporary solutions to school closures but have quickly evolved into long-term educational tools. The best ones have social learning features like virtual collaboration spaces, a community of practice tools, forums and wikis for informal knowledge sharing, gamification elements like achievement badge points, and leaderboards that encourage learners to engage with content.

These solutions also feature AI-powered recommendations based on learning activity and LinkedIn insights and feature an expansive library of videos, books, and courses accessible via SumTotal Intelligent Assistant (SIA), which instantly delivers contextual learning to learners while they work on projects – even while working simultaneously! Plus, it also offers analytics for individuals, teams, or organizations!

5. Collaborative learning

Collaborative learning is an instructional strategy in which students of varying performance levels collaborate in small groups toward a common goal. By sharing responsibility for one another’s learning, one student’s success helps others succeed (Gokhale 1995).

Collaboration learning activities may include group projects, collaborative writing exercises, joint problem-solving sessions, and debates. This approach is similar to cooperative learning but takes inspiration from Lev Vygotsky’s concept of the zone of proximal development, where there are tasks that learners can complete independently while others require guidance or oversight from teachers.

Studies on online collaborative learning demonstrate several factors that can enhance students’ cognitive engagement, knowledge sharing, and reflective thinking. One 2-month online collaborative learning activity using Google Drive was found to affect knowledge construction and satisfaction for participants positively. Researchers advised instructors to provide clear instructions for joint learning sessions about cultural, epistemological, and social considerations for an enjoyable learning experience for all involved parties. Furthermore, teachers must use appropriate technologies when working with diverse student populations.