Some ways to use Blackboard include live instruction, meetings, asynchronous content development and virtual office hours. Others include parent/student orientation, virtual field trips, professional development, classroom collaboration and tutoring programs.
Blackboard helps institutions to communicate with students effectively through live instruction. The asynchronous and synchronous interaction feature blends the learning model to relieve students of the feeling of isolation. It also enables students to create asynchronous content using the playback and interactive functionality. Additionally, Blackboard enables them to interject their ideas and thoughts freely. With Blackboard, users can effectively host meetings, thus reducing time spent away from jobs and lowering traveling costs.
Blackboard extends virtual office hours in that teachers have more time to spend with their students. It enables them to meet one on one with their students individually or as a group. In addition, Blackboard creates a learning network that supports virtual hours that provide ideal learning environments. Institutions can use blackboard to conduct orientation for new students. They can also use it to show their programs that may require availability of both students and parents online. This helps to close the communication gap that may exist between learners, parents and institutions.
Blackboard also creates virtual field trips. It enables institutions to send students on virtual field trips and bring remote experts to classrooms. Furthermore, it attracts and retains qualified professionals because of its cost effectiveness, thus connecting teachers on various levels.