For a variety of reasons, mostly due to some current study, I’ve retrieved from the rubbish tip of history a course website I helped design and teach back in 1999. What follows here are some reflections on what has and hasn’t changed since 1999. At the end there is a bit of speculation that the
Last week I was thinking that academics shouldn’t manually create course sites. That arose out of the process of writing up the why/what behind what we did with Webfuse from 1999 through 2004. Today, I’ve been continuing that and looking at the usage statistics from that period. The following focuses on statistics about how often
The unit I work with is undertaking a project called Blackboard Indicators. Essentially the development of a tool that will perform some automated checks on our institution’s Blackboard course sites and show some indicators which might identify potential problems or areas for improvement. The current status is that we’re starting to develop a slightly better
The unit I work for is responsible for providing assistance to CQUniversity staff and students in their use of e-learning. Which currently at CQUni is mostly the use of Blackboard. The current model built into our use of Blackboard is that the academic in charge of the course (or their nominee) is responsible for the
In a growing category of blog posts I’m expanding and attempting to apply my interest in diffusion theory and related theories to increase the use of course websites. A major requirement, as outlined in the previous post, in achieving this requires and understanding of what students find useful? In this post, I’m trying to bring
In a previous post I laid out some rationale for an organisational approach to increase the usage of course websites. In this post I provide more detail on the rationale behind the pragmatic approach, which was described this way in that previous post. Pragmatic – ad hoc changes to particular aspects of a course website.
CQUni has an interest in increasing the quality of the course websites, as part of a broader push to improve the quality of learning and teaching. This post is an attempt to engage with some of the issues and develop some suggestions for moving forward. There are many an argument why this particular focus on