Evaluation of Blackboard as a platform for distance education delivery

E Jane Servonsky, W Lawrence Daniels, Bertha L Davis
ABNF Journal: Official Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc 2005, 16 (6): 132-5
The Hampton University School of Nursing has implemented a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Distance Education Program that utilizes the Blackboard Learning System, which was designed to transform the Internet into a powerful environment for the educational experience. The Interne, however, may be a new learning environment for many nurses seeking a graduate degree. The Blackboard platform allows for synchronous, real-time activities such as chat rooms, and asynchronous, delayed, activities such as discussion boards and digital drop boxes that can be used for student-to-instructor and instructor-to-student document transfer. This article focuses on the skills and challenges of navigating a course on the Internet using Blackboard. Recommendations for improving the teaching-learning process using a Web-based environment are included.

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