NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ854385
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1740-5866
Can Blackboard Help Support Politics Students?
Lightfoot, Simon
LATISS: Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences, v1 n3 p169-180 Dec 2004
This article is an account of why, how and with what impact a virtual learning environment (VLE), Blackboard, was integrated into a Politics tutorial module. It outlines the fact that Blackboard was used to augment traditional lectures and seminars. The main aspects utilized were student handbooks, lecture notes and online quizzes for formative assessment. The article identifies four potential areas of interest: availability of resources; communication with students; formative and diagnostic assessment; and the pastoral role of the personal tutor. It shows that in 2002-03 usage of the VLE was generally high, although mainly to access lecture notes, whilst take up was lower for some assessments. After discussing issues related to attendance, student expectations and some practical problems, it concludes that overall the introduction of Blackboard has been a success.
Intellect Ltd. The Mill, Parnall Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 3JG, UK. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A