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Faculty

Business & Humanities

School

Business

Departments

  • Management & Enterprise

  • Marketing & International Business
  • Organisation & Professional Development

Team Members

  • Nollaig O’Sullivan

  • Mary Oldham
  • Aileen Cotter
  • Michele McManus
  • Dr Rose Leahy

Objective

To recommend ways of using Blackboard that will assist in the teaching and learning process.

Key outcomes/findings

A survey on blackboard usage was completed by 260 students and 78% of staff in the Department of Management & Enterprise. Focus groups were then formed to explore in more detail the responses to the survey. The key findings were as follows:

  • There was widespread consensus that both staff and students would benefit from further training and education on the tools that an online learning management system offers.
  • The more basic tools on Blackboard were being utilised, however, the more interactive tools were not being exploited to their full potential.
  • The cost of printing and the availability of printing stations emerged as a significant hurdle to the use of Blackboard for students.
  • A more standardised approach to the use of Blackboard needs to be implemented.
  • There is a significant opportunity to develop an app within the institution which might assist students in engaging with their programme of study in a way that enhances their learning experience.

 

Research findings were published in the Irish Business Journal:

An Evaluation of the Student Experience to Inform Strategic Decision Making in Tertiary Education

Ms Aileen Cotter, Ms Michele McManus, Mrs Mary Oldham, Ms Nollaig O’Sullivan

Irish Business Journal, Volume 10, Number 1, 2017

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