The Education faculty had been using large Blackboard programme sites which presented a number of issues for students, and staff.
On a large programme site with multiple cohorts enrolled, any announcement sent out would be received by all students and therefore irrelevant to many and when marking students work, the numerous Turnitin submissions would make it hard for staff and externals to find and review.
By using a module site for teaching, communication is much more targeted, reading lists can be deployed and the management by staff is much more efficient. The module can also be tailored by the individual tutors in terms of themes, banners layout etc.
Edina Kulenovic from our London campus recently highlighted some of the positives the staff have found with their move to module sites.
We have found that using Blackboard Module sites is easier and more time efficient than the old, large Programme site. One of the big advantages is that both the lecturers and students are automatically enrolled into all new sites.
In addition, accessing the individual sites is quicker.
The option of changing the module specific sites by changing the colour schemes or banners and personalising the site is welcome too.
The announcements were often sent to all users, but now they are sent to specific groups of students or a specific site. Module leaders and lecturers now know where to post resources and announcements.
Marking has become easier, as both the lecturers and External Examiners found it difficult to find work to mark in the old site.
The new Blackboard app is most welcome too, for quick access and information.
Lecturers had to get used to having a long list of sites on their Blackboard My Institution page.
A previous Case Study regarding the move from Programme to Module sites, was also published by Emma Moore, BSc (Hons) Nursing Delivery here.