I missed it while I was out of town, but there was discussion of using blogs rather than Blackboard on the Chronicle. The article reports on a meeting held at CUNY on how to improve online education. The various speakers outlined a number of reasons for doing so, among them:
- increased ability to customize courses
Of course, people like the ease of use with Blackboard, the relatively easy learning curve. Some reported that there isn’t time to set up a blog for a course.
In part, I think this goes back to the argument TeachPaperless made about hiring geeks: for professors who use blogs, they are not at all difficult to use with classes. For example, look at silver in sf and Art3059. (Note: You’ll have to go back to earlier posts to see how David Silver used this blog with his classes. It is not just his course blog but his “regular” blog.)
Jim Groom summed it all up nicely. The article quotes him as saying:
“I think the model for the CMS is outdated given the new Web, and I think that’s one of the problems,” he said. “It can serve certain functions well, but it’s hard for proprietary CMS’s, whatever they are, to keep up with the how the Web is changing.”