Currently Blackboard …
serves as a portal that provides
- interactive websites for all courses and various offices.
- Space for HR information
A recent survey was conducted via Blackboard (Nov 19-22) asking users if they have used other LMS products and what their impressions were of those relative to what we are currently using.
Here are some of the results: Read More
The survey referenced in this article was administered in Nov or 2015 as a due diligence assessment of our current system, Blackboard. The process is outlined in another post.
Faculty are definitely frustrated by some aspects of Blackboard. However, they are not so frustrated that they are willing to move to another system. Students are frustrated more with how the tool is being used than how the tool works. We’ve put together a short ‘letter to faculty‘ that is based on the responses given by students. In this ‘letter’ we’ve also included some advice on how to deal with some of the ‘problems’ students reported. Read More
A Blackboard review is being conducted during the Spring 2016 semester. The process includes:
Begin the process of negotiating and moving forward either with Blackboard or another product (the hard stuff).
There are many products that claim to do online student evaluations of teaching (SETs). Here are but a few:
Information on the implementation of on-line evals at Oregon State University. This article addresses many of the standard questions about moving from in-class paper evaluations to on-line out of class evaluations.
Who’s on Blackboard is a Blackboard building block built to help students connect when they are working on Blackboard assignments. It was build by students for students and is under continual development. For instance, students are currently working on an opt-out feature.
Photos are the same as the ones that show up on the landing page when someone logs in and can be changed by clicking on the Change Photo link in that module.
Information is taken from the student information system with the first name being taken from the ‘nickname’ field in Banner. Therefore, to change this setting , you will need to work with the registrar.
The program which was a winter term project, uses Blackboard APIs to access data that is stored on the blackboard server to show who is currently logged in. Furthermore this module filters and organizes the users who appear online by course. The purpose of this module is to encourage classmates to collaborate outside the classroom, especially in large lecture classes. This module will also be useful to students who are assigned group assignments with students they may not already know, allowing you to see your classmate’s photo along with their name and a link to their email. All of this information is visible in the email directory. Ideally, this module will be updated in the future to include an instant messaging feature.
“Writing this module challenged us as programmers and critical thinkers. We became familiar with computer science languages including XML, HTML, JSP, CSS and strengthened our overall object-oriented programming skills. We experienced the difficulties of using APIs with mostly outdated documentation such as Blackboard’s and learned to navigate Blackboard’s framework. Overall, this experience has strengthened our skills as programmers and as team players.”
-WT OCTET 2014, Web Application Programming
At one time, faculty and AAs desired a tool that would allow them to see what equipment was in each classrroom. As a service we wrote an application that allowed one to search for any smartclassroom on campus.
Data was gathered by talking to A/V and by going to specific rooms. This has become very time intensive in that there are currently >70 smartclassroom spaces on campus.
Since the original roll-out of this application, we have added data from the registrar such that one can no find out not only what is in a particular classroom but when and who is teaching in a particular space. Additionally, where a particular person is teaching can also be listed very easily.
The tool is currently available and is updated daily during the first month of the semester but only weekly after add/drop.