Since 2002, California State University Channel Islands (CI)
has been enriching the learning experience by extending their courses online with Blackboard Inc. software. In 2011, however, they were faced with budget cuts and decided it was an important time to determine if Blackboard Learn
was the most cost-effective solution that simultaneously maintains a high level of faculty and student satisfaction.
Although CI looked at a variety of learning management systems
, the hands-on evaluation focused on Blackboard Learn 9.1 and Moodle 1.9. These two systems were most commonly used in other Cal State University (CSU) campuses and therefore provided an easy transition for faculty who teach across the CSU system.
I’ve followed my healthy obsession
of learning management system (LMS) evaluations to South Africa, this time, settling my gaze on Stellenbosch University and their recent evaluation of Moodle, Sakai, and Blackboard Learn™ 9.1.
To start, I spoke with JP Bosman, Senior Advisor of eLearning, and Johann Kistner, IT Director, at Stellenbosch University, to walk through their decision making process and understand, in detail, the undertaking of their evaluation from detailed feature parity analysis to final decision.
Stellenbosch University Crest
Pectora roborant cultus recti.
[A Sound Education Strengthens the Spirit.]
We are excited to announce that the 2012 Blackboard Catalyst Awards
is now OPEN for submissions!
The Blackboard Catalyst Awards honors those who push the boundaries of their educational programs and technology in order to deliver innovative and effective learning experiences. In previous years, innovators were recognized in a handful of categories, mostly focused on academic course planning and creation.
This year, however, the Blackboard Connect
client community will have a more direct way to participate thanks to the inclusion of a brand new category — Communications Strategy
“These kids that are digital natives – we just need to meet them where they’re at, and the reality is technology is where they’re at.”
, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and founder of Sweat Equity Education
(SEE), an education innovation organization, is working at the intersection of education, workforce development, and entrepreneurship. At SEE, Marc uses the technology that excites kids today and combines it with real-world projects that teach real-world skills. SEE is focused on re-engaging and re-invigorating at-risk students and young adults to help set them on a path for success – in school, in the workplace, or in launching their own businesses.
I had the pleasure of meeting Marc in his New York City office: