A 5-day training course on the Blackboard system was held last week in a hotel in the Holy City of Makkah. The course was attended by all technical and academic staff of the Deanship of E-Learning and Distance Education. It was presented by Eng. Husam Rashid and ran from Sunday to Thursday, 12 p.m. till 5 p.m.
The course addressed all the components of the Blackboard platform. On the first day, the method of building an e-course through the Blackboard system was discussed. On the second and third day, the trainer discussed assessment tools, how to create exams, safeguarding against cheating and plagiarism, how to build groups, restrictions, and conditions of use. The fourth day was dedicated to marks management and dealing with the marking center. The fifth day focused on the components and tools of virtual classrooms.
One of the advantages of the Blackboard system is that it allows students and academic staff to have continuous contact with the course materials from inside and outside the university at any time. The Blackboard system provides many tools to navigate through the course contents, surf the educational parts of the scientific material, and interact with them synchronically and asynchronously. The platform is an effective means of maintaining continuous contact between the teacher of the educational curriculum and all enrolled students.
The Blackboard system contains a lot of programs that provide academic staff with the ability to easily design and create digital, dynamic, and interactive curricula. It also makes the management of curriculum content easier and smoother. After uploading the curriculum content, the system allows the teacher to connect each part of it to enriching activities such as discussions, forums, submission folder, grading management program, and grades distribution.
Through these features and others, the Blackboard system facilitates better educational outcomes than traditional learning systems, giving teachers the ability to enrich their educational curriculum through technology and educational resources available on the internet and educational websites.
The trainees from the deanship's academic and technical staff expressed their satisfaction with the course. They expressed their thanks to his Excellency the President of Umm Al-Qura University, Prof. Abdullah bin Omar Bafail; the Vice-President for Educational Affairs, his Excellency Prof. Abdulaziz bin Rashad Suruji; His Excellency the Dean of E-Learning and Distance Education, Dr. Khalid bin Hatim Al-Mutairi; and their Excellencies the Vice-Deans of E-Learning and Distance Education.