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May 20, 2008

OIT Publishes SP2008 Most Active Blackboard Courses

OIT has again published UMBC's "Most Active Blackboard" courses reports for the Spring 2008 semester, based on an "average hits per user" approach. For the second straight semester, one department (Information Systems) and one class (PSYC 100 "Introduction to Psychology) have taken the top spot for most active discipline and undergraduate course, respectively. For more information, visit www.umbc.edu/blackboard/reports.

Highlights (based on student activity ONLY):

Most Active Graduate Course: IS 634 "Structured Systems Analysis and Design" taught by Heather Holden, Carlton Crabtree, Carolyn Seaman (avg hits per student: 2,685).

Most Active Undergraduate Course: PSYC 100 "Introduction to Psychology" taught by Linda Jones, Eileen O'Brien, Brian Jobe (avg hits per student: 1,632).

Note: PSYC 100 was also the most active undergraduate Bb course for Fall 2007.

Most Active Discipline: Information Systems (84 Blackboard courses).

Note: Information Systems was also the most active discipline for Fall 2007.

Most Active Community: Geography and Environmental Systems Department managed by several GES faculty (avg hits per user: 533).

Total Number of Blackboard Courses (including those with multiple sections): 1,034

While activity alone is not a measure of quality, OIT publishes these reports so faculty can seek each other out about what does (or doesn't ) work in using Blackboard. Toward this end, faculty may also want to try out the new "Average Hits Per User by Final Grade Distribution" reports announced on March 6.

For more information about the Blackboard Reports project, contact John Fritz at 410.455.6596 or fritz@umbc.edu.

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