I attended a Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series webinar on Monday which discussed how Blackboard Learn can be used to support Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education . This was a very nice presentation from Ronald Scott Wennerdahl and Crystal Sheu of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. And there are some good ideas that I will need to think about in relation to my own teaching coming up next semester. The video has just been published on YouTube.
 Chickering, Arthur W. and Gamson, Zelda F, “Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education” American Association of Higher Education Bulletin vol.39 no.7 pp.3-7 1987. URL: http://www.aahea.org/aahea/articles/sevenprinciples1987.htm
3 thoughts on “Supporting the Seven Principles with Blackboard Learn”
The end result of design by software engineers? Maybe when Google is done re-imagining email, they can re-fabricate discussion forums.
I get dizzy whenever discussion forums are mentioned. In a time when they were the only way to communicate to a large group online, it was like magic. Now it often ends up like a sprawling mess of fallen spaghetti. Features are functionality are important, and can help some, but I dont think is the complete answer.
What is? If I knew, I’d be making it….
Alan, I noticed that connected courses (#ccourses) is using discourse … does that work better?
There is a lot to like about discourse, Chris, or perhaps less to dislike. It’s clean, elegant, and has a lot of the features you found shortened on (and then some).
I still deal with a real pit in my stomach aversion for forums, and its not the features/technologies. They were super vital when they were really the only mode to have a community conversation, but now the locations for where people put their attention is in many places. Forums take focused attention, frequent tending/attention and often (to me) just feel like idea sprawl; it becomes an unwieldy pile.
But I would recommend it highly if you are looking for something that was not designed with a 1980s BBS mind set.
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