First, before you read on, let me assure you that my blog has not been hijacked. This is, in fact, Sarah writing and not the result of someone stealing my login.
That being said, I’ve just spent an hour at the BlackBored booth at Educause and I think I may have drank the preverbial kool-aid. Many of you have heard me knock Blackboard in the past for being boring, oblivious to social media and prosumer content, and frankly having missed the boat. Version 9 may have just changed my mind. Here are a few reasons:
So there’s the cheerleading. Now the caveats…
That being said, most of my caveats aren’t concerns about the tool itself but about how it will be adopted. Frankly, I’m excited about the possibilities that such openness may foster. I hope that faculty on Bb campuses embrace them, enjoy playing with them, and see the possibilities beyond simply uploading a syllabus. There’s real potential here for institutions to feel safe adopting a new student-centered way of delivering content and engaging in academic communities but the jury is still out. We’ll see what happens when the rubber hits the road.
Thanks to the Bb folks for tolerating all my annoying questions and skepticism.