Delivery of Web-based and Web-suppported Distance Education Courses Using a Freeware Version of Blackboard
Wendy Arneson, University of Texas Medical Branch, United States ; Dean Arneson, Nova Southeastern University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-44-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Delivery of distance education courses can be challenging in terms of timely
delivery of course materials, didactic instruction and for facilitating student
communication within student groups and with faculty. These presenters have used
Blackboard to deliver web-supported and web-based courses to distance students.
By providing material and exercises prior to class and conducting virtual classroom/synchronous webchats, web-based distance courses can be more interactive for students and help to facilitate critical thinking and problem-solving skills. A free web-based instructional delivery method, Blackboard version 5.0, will be demonstrated to include: course creation, student enrollment, student/faculty email, bulletin board and virtual classroom usage, storage and retrieval of syllabus, lecture handouts and assignments, quizzes, gradebook and use of other tools.
This system is user friendly for faculty and students. Easy to use tools allow for delivery of materials (text documents or slideshows) in .ppt, .pdf, .doc or html files to distance students over the internet which eliminates the time and expense of mailing or sending materials by facsimile. It can also be used for administration of quizzes and exams within specific time frames, and immediate feedback can be delivered to the student and instructor. Virtual office hours can be conducted via the webchat/virtual classroom feature and link to external email can provide communication when asynchronous messaging is acceptable. External links can be used to catalog and link to recommended websites for additional reading resources. This can be used in webquest instructional design courses. Specific concepts and procedures for using Blackboard will be demonstrated. Benefits versus cost and comparison of this free version with a purchased version of Blackboard will also be provided.
Arneson, W. & Arneson, D. (2002). Delivery of Web-based and Web-suppported Distance Education Courses Using a Freeware Version of Blackboard. In D. Willis, J. Price & N. Davis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2002--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 124-126). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).