Eric Kunnen, coordinator of instructional technologies at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan, and a doctor in the Ask Dr. C program, is using Google Analytics to track use of GRCC's Blackboard implementation. He posted some rather interesting results today on his blog.
Here's a brief video of T-BUG member Jake McBee, instructional designer for the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Woman's University:
More interviews with Blackboard user group members are archived at the BlackboardTV Channel on YouTube.
I’ve been posting about the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program. First, an entry about my eight-year experience as a review and then director, and then entries highlighting best practices in two past winning courses (General Biology and Public Speaking). In this post I’ll explain exactly what I do as volunteer course reviewer in the program and why I find it rewarding, because I hope you'll join me.
I always begin the task of reviewing an online course by visiting the course discussion board. You can learn so much about a course by spending some time browsing through the various threads and postings of both the students and facilitators. I look for answers to a series of questions:
Are students engaged? Is there evidence of learning? Have critical-thinking skills evolved? Are students collaborating in teams? Are the students helping each other? Who is moderating and driving the interactions—students or facilitators? Is the discussion board organized around topics, objectives, teams?
Linda Comte of Houston Community College extends a special welcome to K-12 members of the Blackboard community to join T-BUG, the Texas Blackboard User Group:
More videos have been collected in the playlists of the BlackboardTV Channel on YouTube.
A brief clip recorded during the 2008 T-BUG conference of Michael Cerda from the University of Texas at Austin:
More clips of Blackboard user group members can be found at the BlackboardTV Channel on YouTube.