Encouraging Educators to Use Blackboard


Recently I talked to people at a college where some professors use Blackboard. However, many use it to just store the class readings.

How can we encourage educators to use online classroom management programs? We can let these educators know that

* The program will automatically grade quizzes and tests that are forced answers ones such as multiple choice and True False. (What a great time saver and accuracy saver for an educator!)

* The program will calculate the students’ end of the semester grades based on the graded assignments. (That’s really helpful for the educator at the end of the course.)
* Their students can check on their academic progress throughout the course. (No more students’ “So how am I doing in this course” questions.)

* They can quickly find out who has or has not done a certain assignment. Are certain students repeatedly not doing assignments? (No more that student fell through the cracks.)

* They have a record of online discussions so that they can review their students’ indepth thinking. These online discussions can extend the class thinking about the topic. (Anything that causes students to think outside of class is great!)

.* Their students can store their materials online so that they can always find assignments. (No more student
“The dog ate it.” or “I left it in my room.” stories.)

* They can easily email all students or post an announcement to notify students of changes in the course. (No more student “I did not know we changed rooms for the special presentation.”)

* Their students can have access to all assignments and the syllabus. (No more student “I did not know what the assignment was or when it was due.”)

* They can post website links, movie clips, audio lectures, PowerPoints, photographs, study guides, class readings, examples and other resources for the students. (No more student “I missed the class so I missed that material.”)

* They can provide online space for class small groups to talk and store their material. (No more student “We cannot do anything because Suzie has our notes and she is absent.”)

So what other reason do you give your teachers/professors to use online management programs such as Blackboard?

© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007



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