eLearning with Blackboard Learn

In September 2012, College launched an upgraded virtual learning environment (VLE) known as Blackboard Learn 9.1 (mymodule.tcd.ie).

The upgrade offered a number of teaching and technical benefits to staff and students:

  • Enhanced communication, collaboration and alert tools;
  • Customisable, easy to use visual interface;
  • Improved workflow that supports educational efficiency;
  • A document management system which allows easy access to desktop documents and files;
  • Integrated web tools and technologies, as well as access to modules from any browser and from anywhere in the world.

The upgrade included migrating staff and students from existing VLE systems, WebCT and the Moodle pilot, to Blackboard Learn 9.1. The usage statistics imply that staff and students are embracing the upgraded VLE; it is being used far more than was anticipated. 4,100 daily logins were recorded in Mach 2013, with 84,500 unique logins in February 2013. These numbers reflect a very positive development for eLearning in College. As the upgraded VLE is seeing far higher usage than WebCT and the Moodle pilot, it may be necessary to increase the licensed services for the academic year 2013/14.

For more information regarding Blackboard 9.1, please contact bblearn@tcd.ie

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