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Any Colour As Long As It’s Blackboard


Presentation given at the Eighth Durham Blackboard User Conference, 14 December 2007 …

Presentation given at the Eighth Durham Blackboard User Conference, 14 December 2007

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  • 1. Any colour as long as it’s Blackboard using a VLE to support courses in art and design
  • 2. A bit about me …
    • Tony McNeill
    • PL in Blended Learning
    • Academic Development Centre
    • Kingston University
    • [email_address]
  • 3. Working with faculties
    • 7 faculties
      • each with own BL strategy
      • BL co-ordinator (.4 secondment)
      • notional .4 e-developer allocation
    • Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA)
  • 4. Signifier of difference
  • 5.  
  • 6. Familiar reservations
    • How much is this a replacement for contact hours?
    • What are the implications of its usage for staff?
    • Who owns what on Bb?
    • I could never find the time.
  • 7.
    • a programme designed to induce RSI.
    • I really, really, really, hate Blackboard. I work with another educational content site based in Korea – and although that site is in Korean which I do not speak, it is 50 times more user friendly than Blackboard.
  • 8.
    • Studio culture's all about students making things alongside one another.
    • Creativity can't be taught over the internet.
    • Students know the difference between an online and a studio-based course.
    Studio culture
  • 9. The studio
  • 10. The studio
  • 11. The studio
  • 12. The studio
  • 13.
    • Blackboard is aesthetically inappropriate for A/D staff and students.
    • … they’re [Blackboard pages] the ugliest things you could ever look at. […] They’re horrible.
  • 14.  
  • 15. 2005: e-developers arrive
    • Their role was to:
    • support the development of sustainable e-learning content resources and activities
    • develop strategic exemplars that will act as catalysts for further engagement with educational technology.
  • 16. FADA projects
    • We thought we’d:
    • address the question of how a VLE might be used in the context of the studio
    • explore how we might make it more visually appealing to art and design staff and students
  • 17. 2005/6 projects BA Illustration and Animation Printmaking
  • 18. What they said after …
    • I’ve been impressed by the way Jake has made it much more accessible, visually accessible
    • … great visual qualities which lots of people said you couldn’t do with Blackboard. … I think it’s brilliant.
  • 19. More of what they said
    • You have succeeded in making the Illustration and Animation site more visually interesting.
    • But unfortunately it still runs on Blackboard.
  • 20. Unintended outcomes
    • we found a new BL co-ordinator
    • one member of staff secured a KU Learning and Teaching Fellowship
    • good will and engagement
  • 21. Unintended outcomes
  • 22. What we learned
    • Course-based approach worked well but whole course team need to be involved from the start
    • More student-centred approach to the site
  • 23. 2006/7 projects BA Fine Art Art and Design History
  • 24. (Bigger) lessons learned
    • Too early to say but …
    • hybrid and customised approach works well
    • Need to rethink support and development opportunities that address discipline-specific practices and needs
  • 25. (Bigger) lessons learned
  • 26. Take a look …
    • Blackboard:
    • (u: designs ; p: designs )
    • Slideshare:
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