The Blackboard Buyout and the Wisdom of Open Web Standards

As part of our LMS Evaluation, we’ve investigated concerns around Instructure’s viability and longevity as a business. Recent events surrounding Blackboard should lead us to question its viability with equal diligence. First there was last week’s report that Blackboard had retained a financial services firm to help them respond to …

Did You Know? A Simple Trick to Save Time and Improve Your Course Evaluations!

  As faculty, you likely spend several hours every week carefully reading, evaluating, and grading student work. Research shows that students report higher course satisfaction when they get better grades and when faculty exhibit “immediacy and presence behaviors”. This finding suggests that giving inflated grades on student work without reading …