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Any Colour As Long As It’s Blackboard


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

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Any Colour As Long As It’s Blackboard

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