Blackboard’s Online Learning Trend Report

Jon Kolko, Blackboard Blog, May 24, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Some startling but timely reading from Blackboard as their research points to unsettling conclusions about their (and probably other) LMSs. For example (quoted):

  • When students take a class online, they make a tacit agreement to a poorer experience which undermines their educational self worth.
  • Students take more pride in the skills they develop to cope with an online class than what they learn from it.
  • Online classes neglect the aspects of college that create a lasting perception of value.

The report (13 page PDF) says that these negative findings can be used "to craft positive changes for our products." I think that people working with the company would find it refreshing to work where these weaknesses are recognized and are being actively addressed.

 

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