ERIC Number: EJ854385
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
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Can Blackboard Help Support Politics Students?
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.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Formative Evaluation, Integrated Learning Systems, Educational Technology, Computer Assisted Instruction, Technology Integration, Blended Learning, Teacher Student Relationship, Politics, Instructional Effectiveness, College Students, College Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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