ERIC Number: ED469883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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The Use of Blackboard in Computer Information Systems Courses.
Figueroa, Sandy; Huie, Carol
This paper focuses on the rationale for incorporating Blackboard, a Web-authoring software package, as the knowledge construction tool in computer information system courses. The authors illustrate previous strategies they incorporated in their classes, and they present their uses of Blackboard. They point out their reactions as teachers, and the students' reactions to the program. The paper describes a class entitled Microcomputers for Business offered at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, New York. The two instructors of this course unit employed the Concrete Active Learning (CAL) approach, which promotes long-term retention, leadership skills, and develops critical thinking skills. In the introductory computer course, students worked in teams to find answers to assigned questions and to analyze textbook reading assignments. In the programming courses, students were introduced to real-life experiences in programming. In the database management courses, groups of students designed and implemented databases for actual businesses in their neighborhoods and made oral presentations on the project. In the systems analysis and design course, the students formed their own groups in which they analyzed case studies based on the different steps of the system development life cycle. Students also completed a group presentation in which they analyzed the information system of an actual company in their neighborhood. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Nontraditional Education, Online Courses, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges, Virtual Classrooms, Web Based Instruction
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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