Blackboard survey report 2005 case studies - Discussion boards

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Blackboard survey report 2005 case studies - Discussion boards

Name of LecturerDr. Mikel J. Koven
DepartmentTheatre, Film and TV
Course / LevelBA in Film and Television Studies years 2 & 3

TF23830 – American Popular Television

85 students
 Announcements
 Course Documents
 Assignments
 Bibliography
 Communication; E-Mail
 Discussion Board
 Survey manager (for Module feedback forms)

Blackboard used for 1 year (module only been taught for 1 year to date)

As noted above, while not assessed, I have used Blackboard to disseminate student feedback forms for each module.

Student feedback on the use of Blackboard is always positive- never had a single student not like this resource, although not all use it.

TF32510 – Yiddish Cinema

30 students
 Announcements
 Course Documents
 Assignments
 Bibliography
 Communication; E-Mail
 Discussion Board
 Survey manager (for Module feedback forms)

Blackboard used for 1 year (module only been taught for 1 year to date)

As noted above, while not assessed, I have used Blackboard to disseminate student feedback forms for each module.

Student feedback on the use of Blackboard is always positive- never had a single student not like this resource, although not all use it.

TF31720 – Representations of the Holocaust in Film and TV

45 students
 Announcements
 Course Documents
 Assignments
 Bibliography
 Communication; E-Mail
 Discussion Board
 Survey manager (for Module feedback forms)

Blackboard used for 3 years

As noted above, while not assessed, I have used Blackboard to disseminate student feedback forms for each module.

Student feedback on the use of Blackboard is always positive- never had a single student not like this resource, although not all use it.

TF32120 – Studies in Literary Adaptation

45 students
 Announcements
 Course Documents
 Assignments
 Bibliography
 Communication; E-Mail
 Discussion Board
 Survey manager (for Module feedback forms)

Blackboard used for 1 year (module only been taught for 1 year to date)

As noted above, while not assessed, I have used Blackboard to disseminate student feedback forms for each module.

Student feedback on the use of Blackboard is always positive- never had a single student not like this resource, although not all use it.

TF23220 – Film Genre Studies

100 students
 Announcements
 Course Documents
 Assignments
 Bibliography
 Communication; E-Mail
 Discussion Board
 Survey manager (for Module feedback forms)

Blackboard used for 1 year (module taken over by someone else)

As noted above, while not assessed, I have used Blackboard to disseminate student feedback forms for each module.

Student feedback on the use of Blackboard is always positive- never had a single student not like this resource, although not all use it.

Summary

Advantages of using Blackboard

I don’t know whether or not Blackboard is a ‘time-saving’ utility. I do not think I would actually do those things I do on Blackboard at all if the facility wasn’t there in the first place. I would actually say I’ve let Blackboard direct my teaching in some respects. I use Blackboard to deliver my lecture notes to students, or rather I put these up under course documents for students to download at their leisure. This means I write my lectures with the intention of them being read by the students. I strongly encourage students to use the discussion boards with various successes. One of the things I really love about Blackboard is the ability to play Big Brother a bit, and check up on who is actually logging on and which areas they are going to. Students who have not either downloaded to requisite readings, or even explored the module’s section at all, don’t tend to get any benefit of the doubt in assessment.

I don’t know the impact of the student’s experience, apart from what they tell me; what I’ve heard is that they really like the ease in which course readings can be delivered to them and (for some) the opportunity to use the discussion boards, particularly for those students too shy to speak up in class.

As above, I don’t know the student’s results are necessarily improved through Blackboard, although the discussion board function does allow some students (smart enough to utilise this function) to test out some assessment ideas and learn from each other.

Disadvantages

The biggest disadvantage for me, as a lecturer is in enforcing/mandating that students actually use the facility. There is no way, beyond what I’ve already tried, to ensure students log on and take full advantage of these resources. The login process is awkward and clunky (I’d really appreciate some kind of cookie set up where I didn’t have to log in each and every time). Also the limitations of disk space – as a film and TV person, making video clips available to students through Blackboard would be terrific, but currently unfeasible.

Future plans

Increased disk space. I’ve never been able to figure out how to properly re-use class surveys. Easier and clearer linking capabilities within Blackboard.

Note from the Blackboard Team: Information Services has a streaming media server onto which appropriately copyright-cleared video can be loaded and made available to students.

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