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Re:[teacherartexchange] Teaching Online


From: Mark Anderson (azorch_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Sep 18 2005 - 05:47:13 PDT

Yes, I've been using Blackboard for the past two years
as a part of my regular class program, last year for
8th grade and this year for high school. I use it as
(a) a single resource for informational items such as
syllabus, contact, web links, assignment sheets, etc.;
(b) an archive for my PowerPoint presentations, slide
shows, and "where you can go to catch up on class
discussion points when you've been absent;" (c) a
limited amount of online discussion -- although I'm
planning to increase use of this feature this year;
(d) for my art|MEDIA and graphic design classes, I've
used Blackboard as a place for electronic submission
of final projects, both visual solutions and written
reflections. I find that Blackboard and my own website
compliment my in-class instruction in a fairly
authentic way (most of my kids are expert at surfing
the web, so this is a natural extension of their
already proficient ability.) Also, I use Blackboard as
a place students and parents can go to to link to
regularly updated student "art galleries," especially
for foundational art classes, AP Studio Art, and


Original Message:
Have any of you used some of the online course
management tools such as Blackboard and/or WebCT? It
is becoming quite popular in Texas in some of the
junior high and high school programs. I have a
graduate student in our art education program that
uses Blackboard as a supplement to his middle school
art classes. The students are doing discussion boards
and he reports that they love it. They talk about
their art work and the art work of others. They also
do this out of class, usually from their homes at
night and the weekends.

Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX  76204
Mark Alan Anderson
Art Educator
Cell: (816) 529-6675
Home: (816) 792-1792
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