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Research and Whitepapers

Innovation In Education: The Student Experience

A survey carried out in 2010 amongst students in the United Kingdom on their experiences with innovation in education and how new technologies are impacting the way they study.

To learn how students experience online learning, Blackboard conducted a survey project during the summer of 2010 amongst Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) students throughout the United Kingdom.

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Further Education Reviewed

In the wake of the economic crisis and anticipated funding cuts of up to 35%, Blackboard launched a research project into the challenges Further Education is facing in the United Kingdom and the strategies that colleges are employing to address them.

The results provide some interesting insights into the issues facing the sector – including a large disparity between those courses demanded by students and by employers – the role of technology in enhancing the student experience, and the two distinct strategies that are emerging as ways to cope with public funding cuts.

The results of this research amongst Further Education colleges are summarised in this report.

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Managed Hosting: Partnering And Best Practices To Support Education Strategy

With a focus on the managed hosting of Online Learning this report looks into third party outsourcing, reviewing the benefits and costs, and examines the elements required to build a successful commerical relationship.

Independent researcher, Tony Lewis, Director of TML Consultancy, tapped into resources from Gartner, Rackspace, JISC, to build a comprehensive review of Managed Hosting.

Download this new report from Blackboard that provides an insight into how partnering and best practices can support education strategy.

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The Impact Of Blackboard Software On Education Globally

Learn more about this new report from Blackboard that provides an overview of educational research conducted globally since 2000 in higher education concerning the academic use of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), in particular the Blackboard platform, and related technologies.

Blackboard's Dr. Demetra Katsifli, Senior Director of Academic Innovation, worked together with Kingston University to build this comprehensive overview.

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Making The Most Of The Student Voice In Further Education

Findings from an analysis of surveys and interviews conducted with college student representatives and college staff management teams in England.

The 157 Group and Blackboard completed a survey to identify the active involvement of students in maintaining and improving the quality of their educational experience in further education colleges in England. This report presents the findings.

The aim of the project was to identify and promote the most cost-effective forms of learner engagement, in order to assist college management teams in being more responsive to the views and needs of students.

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