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The Effectiveness of Blackboard and its Discussion Boards in a Junior Computer science Course: A Survey and Students' Reflections.

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The Effectiveness of Blackboard and its Discussion Boards in a Junior Computer Science Course: A Survey and Students' Reflections. : 

The Effectiveness of Blackboard and its Discussion Boards in a Junior Computer Science Course: A Survey and Students' Reflections. Abdel-Hameed Badawy PhD Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering Teaching Assistant, Computer Science Michelle Hugue, Ph.D. Instructor, Computer Science University of Maryland, College Park. 17th International Conference on Learning, Hong Kong Institute of Education 6-9 July 2010, Hong Kong.

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Introduction 2

Survey Statistics : 

Survey Statistics Attempts 53. Participants 49. Completed 47. Total Students 65. Completed 72%. Participated 75%. 3

Question #1 : 

Question #1 Is ELMS a helpful learning tool in CMSC311? 40 Short Answers 4

Question #2 : 

Question #2 Do you prefer ELMS-based Courses or not? 35 short Answers 5

Question #3 : 

Question #3 How often do you post on the discussion boards? 28 short Answers 6

Question #4 : 

Question #4 Do you try the boards first or you prefer office hours for questions? 25 short Answers 7

Question #5 : 

Question #5 Do you trust posts answered by your peers? 28 short Answers 8

Question #6 : 

Question #6 How many posts do you read? 25 short Answers 9

Question #7 : 

Question #7 Would you enroll an ELMS-based course section over a non-ELMS-based section? 10 No short Answer option.

Question #8 : 

Question #8 Would you participate more in the boards if you can post anonymously? 11 No short Answer option.

Question #9 : 

Question #9 Did you participate in this Survey because of the point? Don't hesitate to offer another one of these, because, I am sure my classmates would welcome it--as would I. 31 Short answers 12

Short Answers (I) : 

Short Answers (I) I do hope my feedback helps. I do like giving feedback on pedagogy. Student feedback is hard to get/give in the big lecture hall. It benefits and improves the quality of the education environment. ELMS is alright, but if all the features were used, it could be better I would have taken the survey without the point. But I also do feel that this survey is important. Can't take everything for granted. Since there is no anonymity, I am fairly certain no one would knowingly pass on false information. If a teacher puts lecture notes and other materials on the page then its helpful. Other teachers of mine has said they would use ELMS and then after 2 weeks just stop using it and resort to emails. 13

Short Answers (II) : 

Short Answers (II) Discussion boards are the most useful tool. In the boards, I ask general questions to draw from the knowledge of the entire class rather than focusing all questions to TA's and the professor. I think it would be helpful if all courses has ELMS support. It's also nice for viewing grades and the syllabus and assignments. Someone can post answers that are not perfect but still he/she knows better than I do. If I can see their reasoning and it makes sense, I can trust their answer well enough. It makes classes without discussion sections easier to follow. 14

Short Answers (III) : 

Short Answers (III) I do wish they would upgrade the GUI, it feels like a 90's web app. Some classes do not use ELMS very well and others are very organized and utilize it. You can’t save your password to log into elms through google chrome which is painful. A great idea, but the interface is terrible. I trust everyone! When I have a question that is not answered by the discussion boards, I assume it is a question only I have and I will then go to a teacher to ask it. Almost always, the face-2-face benefits are better than elms. It's usually easier and more convient to post a message to the discussion board. 15

Conclusions about ELMS : 

Conclusions about ELMS ELMS = A class website + A discussion board. Centralized but hard to navigate. Needs a facelift. Use it alone. Instructor-dependent. Short answers rock. TRUST the collective. LISTEN to your Students. 16

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