Blackboard okay and not okay
Donna Kjellander | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 29, 2017

Blackboard okay and not okay

Score 7 out of 10
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Modules Used

  • Blackboard Learn
  • Blackboard Connect
  • Blackboard Engage
  • Blackboard Mobile
  • Blackboard Collaborate

Overall Satisfaction with Blackboard

Blackboard is used as a learning platform for online and campus classes for students to access learning information. The software addresses the need of giving students access to information to learn.
  • Blackboard is fairly easily to use, no large learning curve is needed.
  • Blackboard has very little down time.
  • Blackboard several add-on functionalities that add value.
  • The clickable rubric is a great tool...although the point system should not be broken down to such tiny small points.
  • Blackboard has a lot of room for improvement in terms of notifications. If a student posts an assignment or updates something there is no notification upon logging to make a professor aware.
  • Using videos in Blackboard is very challenging, if you design your own and want to upload them. They used to appear on the home page but they no longer do.
  • The threaded discussions are hard to follow because every thread opens rather than allowing the reader to select the threads they want to read.
  • The notification for a makeup exam or an overridden grade are the same notification in the gradebook versus if the grades updated automatically as some of their competition programs do.
  • Blackboard is my least favorite system to work with due to not be as user friendly as other programs.
  • The clickable rubrics are great, but they should focus on whole points instead of .1, .2, .3, .4, and so on.
  • As an adjunct professor, it has an impact by limiting or creating challenges on what I can offer students in terms of learning.
  • D2L
D2L has more flexibility and far easier to utilize. D2L is more functional in terms of uploading documents, videos and tools to create an environment of learning.
If you are doing a hybrid course, then Blackboard works, but for a full online college course Blackboard is behind in its technology. Blackboard offers a wide variety of add-on's some are useful and some are not. The engagement tool holds no value unless you are blind and can't see what students are posting. The clickable rubrics are one of the greatest tools out there, but the score breakdown needs work.