In 2016, Blackboard engaged in a study “Patterns in Blackboard Learn tool use: Five Course Design Archetypes” that included data from 70,000 courses from 927 institutions, with 3,374,462 unique learners.
Based on this study, it was found that 53% of courses were supplemental, meaning content-heavy with low interaction, following by complementary at 24% meaning one-way communication through content, announcements, and gradebook. Additional course archetypes are illustrated in the chart below:
Chart retrieved from: “Patterns in Blackboard Learn tool use: Five Course Design Archetypes“
Additionally, the Blackboard study found:
Courses with the largest amount of student activity take advantage of a diverse set of tools; campuses should identify and investigate these leading courses as sources for best practices and examples that can be adapted by other faculty in their courses.
At GVSU, the eLearning team was interested in researching how Blackboard is being used by faculty and students…
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