Blackboard tries and fails to get a clue

Blackboard, the horrendous courseware behemoth, has heard about this Web 2.0 stuff and decided the right response is to clone — as a closed system inside Blackboard!

Survey about BlackBoard Scholar

I love the bit about how "limiting access to Blackboard users" is supposed to contribute to the goal of "a new way to find educationally valuable resources".

If only they’d put a little effort into opening Blackboard up, for starters by supporting e-mail and RSS subscriptions so students wouldn’t have to log into Bb’s nasty multi-click frames interface to keep up with their classes.

Ah — Googling a bit I see that Blackboard Scholar permits non-users to search its collected bookmarks, but only lets registered users create bookmarks.

It’s part of the Blackboard Beyond Initiative, which is at work on "e-Learning 2.0". Trying to read through the marketing murk, it sounds like the BbBI people themselves may actually have found that elusive clue; let us wish them success at revolution from within.

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  1. Oh how I appreciate your Bb post.
    “We produce all this content in online classes. We lock it up in this system called Blackboard. Everything we do in my program is online: why are we not sharing our work with other emerging professionals in the field? Why not be networking with other library students at other schools? (I’d be happy to network with any of you. I’m a big believer in the power of our physical and electronic social networks). Or why not capitalize on massively distributed collaboration? What about the new forms of scholarship and honing our abilities to work online with our colleagues, all remotely. I’ve made some good friends at other library schools. I’ve become good friends with other emerging professionals in the field through social network contacts. They’ve taught me as much as I learned in my classes. In sharing ideas with them, I’m challenged to explain things more clearly. We have a vested interest in helping each other succeed. We take the time to truly give insightful feedback and commentary on each others’ work. Sometimes, we just share what we face in life. Often, I find receiving critical assessment from someone you have some degree of familiarity with removes the reflexive barriers we use to respond. It’s hard not to infer missing information sometime. Because of having personalized Firefox, I speed up all this work. It’s not just speed, the tasks are easier too.”

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