Dr Linda Dowling-Hetherington
Module Coordinator: Dr Linda Dowling-Hetherington
Collaborator: Business eLearning
Modules: Management Practice
Department: The Centre for Distance Learning
Target Audience: Part-time programmes and international programmes in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
Blackboard Collaborate - The Approach
Blackboard Collaborate offers a social, interactive learning experience with virtual classrooms, online conferencing, instant messaging and more collaboration tools.
The Blackboard Collaborate live virtual class system integrates with Blackboard to enable the recording of sessions for later viewing.
Linda uses Blackboard Collaborate, a multi-way audio and visual conferencing facility, to give lectures on two Management Practice project-based modules. The purpose of these sessions is to remind students of what is expected when finalising their project submission and secondly to address any questions. “Before I started using Collaborate, students contacted me individually with questions. Often, students submitted their work but omitted an important area – short Collaborate sessions can be great for those gentle reminders.”
Although individual students still contact me, using Collaborate means that the delivery of the module is not as resource intensive; students are encouraged to note any questions they have and raise them during the online Q&A session. The feedback from students has been very positive.
They benefit from hearing each other’s questions, while Linda benefits from the flexibility of the service “You can schedule a session with a click of a button and you can avoid all of the logistical arrangements needed for a face-to-face session. It’s user-friendly and sessions can be recorded.”