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Book Review: “Blackboard Essentials for Teachers”

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Blackboard Essentials for Teachers ” is new book written by William Rice for teachers and educators who use Blackboard. It’s a basic introduction to Blackboard that non-Blackboard users will welcome. Trying to describe a web page is best done with an image of the web page (in colour)! Related posts: Blackboard coming to iPod/iPhone?

Blackboard buys Moodle partners: open source?

Challenge to Learn

I was planning to write about the fact that this is my 100th post. I was surfing the web to prepare for that post, when I saw a BlackBoard press release and immediately switch subject: Blackboard acquires Moodlerooms, Netspot. Blackboard is one of the largest LMS vendors in the world and is considered state enemy #1 in the Moodle community. This really is news.

Blackboard vs. Moodle: a comparison

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As a user of Blackboard at Bournemouth University I have been involved in various discussion about it’s merit or lack of). These are usually started by someone who doesn’t like Blackboard, and probably hasn’t used it much either (or even tried?). Blackboard Moodle myBU PLN Technology University 2.0 VLE Web 2.0They are usually fans of Moodle, even if they’ve not used it (but have talked [.].

What makes a good online learning experience?

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This is not always easy as the platform (Blackboard, Moodle, FutureLearn, Udacity, etc.) Accessible : Yes, there is web accessibility, but there is also ‘how easy is it to find your way around the materials’ Are there signposts in place at different points of the course to extra reading, areas for interaction and engagement, contact details, schedules, assessment points, etc.?

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Blackboard Guide for Tutors

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for Blackboard and I am pleased to say I have completed the first draft. I am not as comfortable with Bloom’s Taxonomy as Joyce so therefore have not included the information in the version below, but I hope that with continued time and effort to become familiar with it I can incorporate it into version 2, and any new/updates. Related posts: Blackboard vs. Moodle: a comparison.

An Open LMS: CourseKit

Kapp Notes

According to an article in Forbes called Will Coursekit Launch Up-End Blackboard? Wharton dropout Joseph Cohen just launched Coursekit — the ultimate disrupter of academic course software, Blackboard (Providence Equity Partners bought it last month for $1.64 Web 2.0 Well now their is a new kind of LMS that uses a Facebook type interface to conduct academic business. billion.)

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Why do synchronous web tools suck?

George Siemens

With Blackboard’s purchase of Elluminate, that arrangement was cancelled. We are several weeks into the Change open online course. We have an outstanding speaker list. But, unfortunately, we’ve had issues every week with our live online sessions. We’ve looked at WizIQ, Vyew, and Big Blue Button. All have been terrible failures. So we tried FuzeMeeting today. Another horrible crash and burn. It’s getting embarrassing and frustrating as a MOOC organizer. In the past, I was involved with Elluminate as a community partner. Each small step can be a challenge.

Dear Blackboard …

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Dear Blackboard. As you know, your Blackboard Learn has become quite popular in both Schools and Universities over here in the UK. Are you aware of the revolution that is Web 2.0 We, the Institutions, are being 'forced' to adapt our learning and teaching needs to fit the environment we are given (within Blackboard). Don't get me wrong; I like Blackboard, and I like what I can do with it. Is the VLE dead, and is this the end for Blackboard? Tags: eLearning Blackboard CMS LMS Moodle myBU Platform PLN VLE So, without sounding really really negative.


Blackboard and Microsoft

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Just found this press release on Twitter: “Blackboard Joins Forces with Microsoft to Make Course Information Available on Web Browsers“ Wow, now how good could that be? “Under the agreement, Blackboard and Microsoft will work together to enable notifications to appear in their Web browser using the Bing(TM) toolbar when new course information becomes available through the Blackboard [.]. Tags: eLearning Blackboard Microsoft Technology

Presentation: Moodle; an alternative to Blackboard for Web 2.0

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I realise I have been rather critical of Blackboard of late without giving the alternatives credit or mention. So, So, here is a presentation I came across on my surfing travels, from Mark Drechsler, on Web 2.0 No, I don’t think so, not yet. I had a good conversation earlier this week with someone who has set up and managed a few Moodle systems (and I was talking about Blackboard) in his time, and I started to fully appreciate the flexibility that Moodle (even a fully supported one) can offer over Blackboard. tools and techniques for Moodle partners.

Blackboard 9; Pt.2 (Blog)

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This is the second in my series on a first-glance look at the imminent upgrade to Blackboard version 9. Blackboard Camtasia eLearning VLE Web 2.0Since my first movie on BB9 I’ve had a few people say that the blog tool that is integrated into BB9 is not up to scratch, so I thought I’d do a direct comparison between the [.]

Identity Verification in Blackboard

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Looking at Blackboard 9; Pt.1

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[I'm trying two new bits of kit at once here, so please bear with me while I figure out how they both work; Blackboard 9 and Camtasia] In preparation to the anticipated upgrade to Blackboard 9 this summer I’ve started to look into the new Blackboard 9 system in some detail, and have produced this ‘first-look’ [.] Blackboard Camtasia VLE Web 2.0

BlackBoard 9: links and resources

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I’m really looking forward to our upgrade to Blackboard version 9 this summer. I’ve had a play on the BB development website (last year!) In the meantime I’m going to post a series of links and resources I find about Blackboard version 9 here, the good and the bad (I haven’t found any ugly ones yet, but a few of the bad ones are fairly damning!). University of Leicester: Blackboard Staff Development: Related posts: Blackboard launches custom toolbar for IE and Firefox users.

Presentation: Blackboard ‘Sign-Up’ Tool

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David Hopkins: Blackboard 8 / myBU: ‘Sign-Up’ Tool This tool was made available in the upgrade to Blackboard vn.8 Blackboard Presentations myBU Presentation Web 2.0and is extremely useful; get the students to sign-up to seminar groups themselves (relieves the duty of collecting names on paper, then loosing the paper!) and create groups automatically from the sign-up tool with the students already [.].

Presentation: Blackboard ‘Sign-Up’ Tool

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David Hopkins: Blackboard 8 / myBU: ‘Sign-Up’ Tool This tool was made available in the upgrade to Blackboard vn.8 Presentations Blackboard myBU Presentation Web 2.0and is extremely useful; get the students to sign-up to seminar groups themselves (relieves the duty of collecting names on paper, then loosing the paper!) and create groups automatically from the sign-up tool with the students already [.].

Student Guide: Introduction to ‘Blogs’ in Blackboard

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Designed to show them a working blog (Blackboard vn 8 with Learning Objects ‘JournalLX’ module) so they are familiar with the environment when they come to use blogs as part of their study. Presentations Blackboard Blogging eDelivery eLearning eResources myBU Presentation Web 2.0This is another of the introductory walk-through guides produced for the online learners.

Blackboard launches custom toolbar for IE and Firefox users

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Blackboard have announced they’re releasing a custom toolbar for IE and Firefox users; “Get notifications directly from your Blackboard Learn system with an easy-to-use browser toolbar. Related posts: Blackboard and Microsoft. Critical Evaluation of Blackboard (by Stephanie Coopman). Blackboard vs. Moodle: a comparison. Blackboard CMS eResources VLE Web 2.0You’ll receive regular updates of new content items, grades, discussions and announcements.

Google vs Blackboard; who’d win?

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It’s an interesting question, and not one I’d thought about until I read this article on HackCollege: “ Google Docs to Blackboard, Your days are numbered “ You can’t be any more blunt than this; “Google is much more in tune with the student population than Blackboard.&#. One of the many criticisms of Blackboard is that it is not customisable to the degree that we, the facilitators or educators, require. In Bournemouth we use Blackboard version 8 (we call it myBU), and it’s is used quite extensively. “How does it. ?&#.

A Critical Evaluation of Blackboard (by Stephanie Coopman)

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Wow, talk about powerful stuff! I’ve just finished reading the report by Stephanie Coopman called “A Critical Evaluation of Blackboard’s eLearning Environment“, and right on the heals of my previous post: “Blackboard vs. Moodle: a comparison&#. Blackboard Academia 2.0 eAssessment eDelivery eLearning eResources mLearning myBU PLN VLE Web 2.0For those interested, I found the report when I followed the reference to it from the eLearn Magazine post by Mark [.].

Online Induction: What happened?

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With one week set aside for their Online Induction, the students were asked to do the following (this was based on instructions given in a letter and a supporting website, with an introduction to the VLE / Blackboard): NB: these are mature students, often in full-time employment, and with family and social commitments. Point of Contact : Online test (Blackboard) with about 6-8 questions where we outline a typical question - the answer being "who do you go to in the following situation?". So, with a week to recover, reflect, and collect the stragglers, how did it go?

Reading list: November 27th, 2015

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Death by a thousand likes: How Facebook and Twitter are killing the open web. I’ve also started reading the following books – both are well worth your attention! Reading List ALT Blackboard CMALT Donald H Taylor Ed Catmull Julian Stodd Moodle SEDA Social Age Social Learning Twitter VLETwo weeks ago I posted a short list of a few of the more interesting articles or blog posts I’d been reading. intend to keep this up, hopefully every fortnight (so it’s not too onerous for me to write or for you to read). Here’s my second list: 53 powerful ideas.

Student Guide: Introduction to ‘Wikis’ in Blackboard

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I’d rather have a wiki than a Blackboard VLE.


If I had a hammer, er no wrong tape responsibility for delivering a distance learning MA or BA Programme I’d rather have a wiki than a blackboard VLE to administer the programme and to co-ordinate learning activities. As it is primarily text based web pages all users need is internet access and a dial up connection will be adequate in many cases. To Blackboard VLE and other VLE's I say TAKE THAT can you compete, ‘Respondez vous sil vous’ plait with counter arguments. Tags: wiki Blackboard Bang take that Technically simple to setup and simple to access.

Blackboard Expands Presence in Latin America

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28 Blackboard Inc. With local offices in Santiago, Lima and Montevideo, Quanam will work with Blackboard to provide greater access to the company's online learning, mobile learning, Web collaboration, mass notification and learning analytics products throughout the region. Blackboard products are currently being used in hundreds of higher education and government organizations throughout Latin America for online learning, mobile learning and Web collaboration. Source: Blackboard Inc Washington — Sept.

Blackboard lit up by Elluminate


Last week, Blackboard, the largest commercial provider of learning management systems to the education sector, purchased not one but two web conferencing providers that also have a strong educational heritage – Elluminate and Wimba. It failed, I’m glad to say, and it will take Blackboard years of being terribly nice to repair its stinking reputation. I don’t know Wimba, but I have an affinity for Elluminate, which the eLearning Network and ALT uses to run its joint public webinars. Whether Blackboard provides it with much protection is dubious.

Well Played, Blackboard

George Siemens

While Blackboard is unable to write a press release that includes clear statements like “we have purchased these companies&# , I have to give the company credit for the acquisition of Elluminate (and Wimba). With increased competition and general maturity of the market, Blackboard made what is likely its most important acquisition to date. The learning management system market has become somewhat of a commodity – Blackboard has attempted to hold high market share through acquisitions (notably WebCT and Angel). Web 2.0 Here’s why. Very complex.

Blackboard Takes eLearning to the Education Enterprise

Ellen Wagner

This morning's blogpost is coming to you from the fountain-filled lobby of the Gaylord Palms Hotel, the site of this year's BlackBoard World, Developers' Conference and Institute. Last week's news about BlackBoard's intention to acquire web conferencing companies Elluminate and.

Embrace web 2.0 technology or die - that's an order!


It seems a no brainer to me that higher educational establishments offering distance learning courses should embrace web 2.0 Relying on subject expertise will not be enough, the online delivery and communication techniques used will sort out the winners from the losers It would seem that a lot of higher education institutions may think that by providing a VLE such as Blackboard they have done their bit for distance and e-learning and that is the end of the matter. Many institutions even at this stage may not even be aware of the growing influence of web 2.0 web 2.0

This kids, is why hallucinogenics and the internet don’t mix

George Siemens

I had to do a quick double take on this article (first, to determine if it was April 1, anywhere in the world): Evolution Unbound: Blackboard embraces open source. This is what I imagine the experience would be like if one dropped hallucinogenics and browsed the web – a feeling of incredulity and weird confusion that can only come from time and reality being featured in a will it blend video. I’m not surprised that Blackboard is interested in openness. Blackboard obviously makes its money from selling their LMS. Blackboard is making a mistake.

Presentation: Using SlideShare

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Presentations Blackboard eLearning myBU Presentation SlideShare Technology Web 2.0David Hopkins: Presentation - Using SlideShare.

#MOOC to get staff into online learning @gillysalmon

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So I have enrolled in this MOOC which is happening in the Blackboard LMS (coursesites), so nice change from the MOOC platforms build from scratch. Gilly Salmon , a pioneer in strong eLearning and interaction design, will head her first MOOC in co-facilitation with Janet Gregory and Kulari Lokuge Dona from the Swinburne University in Australia. education eLearning instructional design mooc

Leadership, Blackboard, Networks, Instructional Technology, & Flock

Big Dog, Little Dog

Personal View On the Blackboard-D2L Patent Case Resolution - Stephen's Web. Lanny Arvan expresses his anger at the Blackboard patent case, not from the perspective of technology or prior art or any of that stuff, but collegiality. The Pepsi challenge - Fortune. They took a long walk on the beach. Back at his beach house, he played the piano and she sang. Marzano, Debra J. Pollock.

AICC, SCORM , xAPI, CC/LTI, CMI-5…What Does It All Mean?

eLearning Chef

Per the SCORM Wikipedia entry, “ SCORM is a collection of standards and specifications for web-based e-learning. However, with the growth of mobile devices, one significant restriction has become more critical – the requirement that the content be launched from a SCORM-compliant, web-based application. While it frees the content from the tie-in to a direct web application launch and a restrictive set of tracking parameters…it is very much a different specification from SCORM and carries with it new concerns. Arguably the first eLearning standard. SCORM. and 2004. CC/LTI.