Blackboard's (LMS) Next Generation
Blackboard's Next Generation:
"It's a lot more modern than it used to be," said Palladinetti, whose university switched from Blackboard 8 to 9.1 last month. "It's a lot easier to navigate."
But many users said they are unimpressed by the additions in Blackboard 9 and disappointed that the company failed to address many of their frustrations with previous versions.
Instructors use Blackboard mainly for grading, testing, and uploading course notes, said Susan Metros, deputy chief information officer and associate vice provost for technology-enhanced learning at the University of Southern California, which switched to Blackboard 9 ilast fall. Many of the new features for social learning were "competent," she said, but not as useful as some existing alternatives.
"I would prefer them concentrating on making the core functionality of their system better," said Kelly Sutton, a recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University, in California, who used Blackboard 9 in several courses in the past year. He runs the hackcollege blog.