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posted Jan 9, 2012 4:05 PM by Kevin English
Hmmm.  I am taking an on-line distance learning course on "Teaching Mathematical Problem Solving".  The course utilizes Blackboard, an industry standard platform for on-line training.  Within this blog post, I will highlight my impressions.

First Day on Blackboard - Initial Impressions
  • The Blackboard technology feels "old".  The input box for writing is small, the hyperlink feature didn't work, ....
  • When I take a course I like to highlight the important material - due date in the syllabus, phrases I like, etc. On Blackboard, there is no way to do this.  The only solution I have come up with is to print out all the uploaded documents, place them into a binder, and then highlight what I want.  In essence, I am making a paper book.  A book that isn't conveniently searchable.  Arg!!  The other thought is to download the documents to Dropbox and then open them up on the iPad.  Seems like a lot of "wasted".  With Balckboard, it feels like the technology is getting in the way of the learning.
  • Videos - where are they?  How about having a quick video of the teacher introducing themselves.  Can I do my blog posts by video?  Will need to check on this.

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