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Re: "Blackboard"- Enhanced Course
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1898  Friday, 13 September 2002

[1]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Friday, 13 Sep 2002 13:35:09 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1867 "Blackboard"- Enhanced Course

[2]     From:   Michael Best <
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        Date:   Friday, 13 Sep 2002 13:39:20 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1887 Re: "Blackboard"- Enhanced Course


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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Friday, 13 Sep 2002 13:35:09 +0100
Subject: 13.1867 "Blackboard"- Enhanced Course
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1867 "Blackboard"- Enhanced Course

Edna Z. Boris writes,

>What I would like guidance on is how best to use the discussion board
>feature.  Does anyone have any experience with that?  What kinds of
>rules facilitate discussion?  What kinds of questions work well in such
>a medium?

In the United Kingdom, the English Subject Centre is currently running a
travelling C&IT roadshow. One recent event at University of
Wolverhampton was on use of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), of
which Blackboard is an example, and one of the sessions was aimed at
developing guidelines for use of discussion boards for student learning.
The participants agreed to follow up their deliberations with an online
discussion leading to a collaborative document on this subject.  Anyone
can join this discussion by pointing their web-browser at the English
Subject Centre's part of the Learning and Teaching Support Network:

http://www.english.ltsn.ac.uk/

and then choosing the link for 'Discussion', going directly to the
'Message Board', registering with the discussion group, then go to 'All
Forums', and choose the one on 'Using Discussion Boards'.

The English Subject Centre's discussion forum would also be a good place
for those with strong reservations about the use of VLEs (like me) to
air them.

Gabriel Egan

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From:           Michael Best <
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Date:           Friday, 13 Sep 2002 13:39:20 -0700
Subject: 13.1887 Re: "Blackboard"- Enhanced Course
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1887 Re: "Blackboard"- Enhanced Course

I've not used Blackboard, or its Canadian equivalent, WebCT, in the
virtual classroom, but I do find that electronic discussion of one kind
or another can add interest and a kind of equity to both virtual and
normal classes. I now use a "Web Board" both for my online class and a
large lecture class. In each case, I find that more students are willing
to contribute, and that the discussion tends to be more thoughtful than
in class -- no doubt because students have more time to think things
through. The software doesn't require constant evaluation of the
discussion, and in fact I encourage students to write informally.

Michael Best
Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions
<http://www.uvic.ca/shakespeare>

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