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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blackboard Learn implementation hinders learning?

The issue: PUC’s new technology implementations have not been well-communicated
Our stance: Students need training, too
We’re all a week in now. Students should be starting to get back into the swing of things around PUC. And perhaps they are.
However, this semester brought a few new and not quite well-communicated items to the table.

Photo: Purdue University

The transition from Blackboard Vista to Blackboard Learn is in progress.“Blackboard makes the mobile move” by Richard Chambers. Most students probably didn’t think much of this before classes started, and overall it is a positive move for the campus. The new Learn platform is much more modern looking and so far seems to have generally user-friendly functions, without mentioning the mobile application which has been a much-needed addition.

The problem with the whole thing is that communication has been lacking in the department of training for students on Learn. Perhaps the thought was that students may be more technologically savvy than instructors, who did receive training. Either way, some students could not even find their classes on Blackboard because of the mixture of classes using Vista or Learn. The Learn login link is buried within PUC’s website, as well.
By the way, to find it, go to

Students are not completely innocent on this issue; there has been some information given out by professors of specific classes that are using Learn. Also, it is possible to find Learn’s tutorial videos at Most students were not informed of these tools, though.

Hopefully, there will be some kind of communication about this issue soon. It just seems a little late in the game.

Source: PUC Chronicle