Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Courseware management systems like Blackboard and WebCT have come a long way since they first appeared in the late 1990s. However, in an attempt to make these systems more powerful and inclusive, sacrifices to usability and design freedom have been made. While many courseware tools are rigid and unfriendly, a wide range of social networking tools available on the web are robust, flexible, and customizable. This paper does not propose that we eliminate courseware management systems altogether, but rather, complement them with social networking tools to create more user-friendly learning environments. This paper will present research on the social factors and best practices, as well as a description of how repurpose or replace some courseware management tools to enhance social presence, teacher immediacy, and usability in online courses. The end result, should, be a learning environment more conducive to social interaction, and therefore, learning.
Corbeil, J.R. & Valdes-Corbeil, M.E. (2008). Enhance Your Online Courses by Re-Engineering The Courseware Management System. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 296-305). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).