Wednesday, January 19, 2011
UMBC's "Check My Activity" Tool
While going through my Twitter account (I actually forgot I had one), I found a tweet by Rovy Branon about a pilot project at the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus. The University created a custom software tool and incorporated it into their Blackboard courses that allows students to compare their use of various resources in the course management system with other students' resource use and anonymous grade information. Not surprising, it seems, is the research data that said, "Analysis of 1,461 courses using Blackboard in spring 2010 showed that D and F students used the course management system 47 percent less than students earning a C or higher." (http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/VideoDemoofUMBCsCheckMyActivit/219113).