The Effectiveness of Blackboard System, Uses and Limitations in Information Management

Jamilah A. Alokluk
2018 Intelligent Information Management  
This paper presents a review of the literature on the effectiveness of Blackboard system, its uses and limitations in information management and highlights the ongoing debate of it. A critical evaluation of Blackboard system literature reveals a good number of academic views, studies, theories, models and experiences regarding the virtual learning environment. The extant literature shows that the world of information management is always in flux as it is being impacted on by the learning
more » ... the learning technology such as blackboard system. Blackboard system now has a recognised presence in the information management of the education system. Now the question is: how effective is this Blackboard system? The article will explore, in part, how blackboard is designed as suitable learning models in terms of learner cognitive engagement and constructivist perspective, resulting in the effective Blackboard system. It will further cover to review the effectiveness of Blackboard as an aid to pedagogy. Finally, the article will also present a comparison between Blackboard and other LMS such as Moodle to explore the effectiveness and limitations of the Blackboard for better academic information management. Intelligent Information Management teraction with one another by way of chat, podcasts, discussion boards, and file sharing. In fact, the adoption of Blackboard has revolutionised the traditional teaching system, resulting in the effective educational information management. Researchers argue that this type of management of information results in the utilisation of codified knowledge that produces formal representations of information entities, allowing process automation, decision-making and information retrieval. Blackboard goes a long way in converting the tacit knowledge to explicit or codified knowledge that eliminates the factors of loss of knowledge owing to memory limitations. Also, the use of e-learning systems such as "Blackboard" helps reduce the costs of knowledge reproduction, leading to effective knowledge management. Although e-learning offers advantages for teachers, learners and institutions, it raises basic questions about the learning process [1]. Thus, questions whether e-learning is simply a supplementary help mechanism for principal learning methods [2] . Presently, many of these e-learning technologies tend to focus on the delivery of mechanical information [3] [4], that is termed as digital myopia [5] , rather than on innovative pedagogic approach to learning [6] . Given this context, examining the effectiveness of blackboard system, uses and limitations in information management has become all the more important.
doi:10.4236/iim.2018.106012 fatcat:erb2gsk3cvgqhafld3ynx6ooha