Students' perspective on the use of the Blackboard platform for delivering an engineering course

Jacek Uziak, M. Tunde Oladiran, Edmund Lorencowicz, Marian Gizejowski

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Abstract

The use of information and communications technology (ICT) has been growing over the years in various human endeavours. It has also been adopted in the education sector for teaching and learning. Various studies have been conducted to assess the effectiveness and acceptance of e-learning strategy by students. In particular, the current research is an attempt to obtain students' perspective on the use of Blackboard software. The technology is a course management system (CMS) used in a blended learning mode to deliver a third year mechanical engineering course at the University of Botswana (UB). The study covered a period of nine years and the questionnaire survey was administered to each succeeding cohort of students. Results indicate that students were generally comfortable with the use of Blackboard as they highly embraced it. Students indicate that their performance improved and that communication with both fellow students and the instructor was enhanced significantly. The respondents also recommended that Blackboard should be used in other courses in their programme of study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-257
Number of pages7
JournalWorld Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

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  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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