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Consolidation Of Online Course Materials And Assessment For Multiple Sections Using Blackboardtm

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Web Education I: Delivery and Evaluation

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9.337.1 - 9.337.10



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Sally Waldron

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Rose Robinson

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Michael Gregg

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Jenny Lo

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Session 2004-2081

Blackboard Collaboration: Consolidation of On-Line Course Materials and Assessment for Multiple Sections Using Blackboard

Dr. Jenny Lo, Professors Michael Gregg, Sally Waldron and Rose Robinson Division of Engineering Fundamentals Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


This paper describes the efforts of four Virginia Tech College of Engineering faculty members who used Blackboard collaboratively to reduce the overall effort required to administer one required introductory course.

Blackboard is Virginia Tech’s preferred course management tool. Virginia Tech uses Blackboard to complement and supplement traditional courses and to support classes that are fully online. By mid- 2003 at Virginia Tech more than 6,300 active courses in Blackboard were being used by more than 1,100 faculty and 24,600 students. Additional courses are continually being added. Students now expect their courses to be supported by this tool.

Limitations of this tool are evident when multiple sections of a class are involved. The authors combined their 12 sections of EF2984, Virginia Tech’s introductory engineering exploration course, into one Blackboard site. This paper addresses the authors’ efforts to simplify course management, to provide a unified and consistent source of information for students, to facilitate common on-line quizzes, and to eliminate duplicate efforts by faculty who previously managed individual sites.

The authors additionally address their experiences with common time and common location testing of these 12 sections of class. Test administration issues, honor code violations, and results are discussed.

Engineering Exploration (EF1015/EF2984) at Virginia Tech

Engineering freshmen at Virginia Tech typically take one introductory engineering course during their first semester; this course, Engineering Exploration I, covers data analysis, graphing, engineering ethics, problem solving, and programming. This course is a prerequisite for all higher-level engineering courses and is offered every semester. Approximately 1200 General Engineering (GE) students enroll in Engineering Exploration I in the fall; GE students are those who have already been accepted into the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. In the fall, professors use a common syllabus, are provided

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Waldron, S., & Robinson, R., & Gregg, M., & Lo, J. (2004, June), Consolidation Of Online Course Materials And Assessment For Multiple Sections Using Blackboardtm Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13422

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