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09/24/2018 HYU News > General

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ERICA Campus Implements Blackboard

The New Learning Management System

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With the kick-off of Blackboard as the new Learning Management System (LMS) for ERICA Campus starting from second semester of 2018, students have begun adapting to the new system. Along with this change, some may be wondering why Hanyang University ERICA Campus implemented Blackboard and what the features of the program are compared to the previous LMS. ERICA Campus’ Center for Teaching and Learning’s Research Professor Cho Yong-hyun and staff of the Office of Academic Affairs at the center Kim Seon-yong further elaborated on the significance of Blackboard and its noticeable features.

Cho Yong-hyun (ERICA Campus’ Center for Teaching and Learning’s Research Professor, far left) and Kim Seon-yong (staff of the Office of Academic Affairs at the center, far right) are part of the Center for Learning and Teaching in ERICA Campus.
(Photo Courtesy of Kim)

The reason behind ERICA Campus’ implementation of Blackboard Run Ultra, which is the newer version, as the new Learning Management System is that as part of the PRogram for Industrial needs - Matched Education (PRIME) project which ends in 2018, ERICA Campus decided to apply this system. There has been six months of system development starting on March 2018 and various Blackboard educational workshops for the professors. Kim provided assistance by creating manuals and guidebooks for Blackboard LMS. In addition, Cho stated that compared to the previous learning management system, Blackboard is advanced in that it is a global “edu-tech” (education and technology) platform with brilliant expandability. 

English home menu (on the left) for ERICA Campus' Blackboard.
(Photo Courtesy of Kim)
There are some features of Blackboard worth taking note of. On the system, there is a plagiarism-detecting program unlike in the former portal system. In addition, the Center for Teaching and Learning has included the SMS feature, which enables direct text message notices to students, and professors can notify the students with any urgent course updates. Cho added that students should be aware of the limitations to the number of times they can upload an assignment to the system. Furthermore, under the ‘Course room’ section, there is the “Collaborate” category. This enables professors to film video lectures and promotes active communications and discussions with students. Although this feature has not been widely applied to the courses yet, there are plans to implement it, especially in program-based learning (PBL) classes. 
 

Cho stated that as Blackboard is still in its early stages for ERICA campus, there is plenty of room for adjustment and improvement. The Center for Teaching and Learning is constantly working to keep the program up to date and inform students and professors of any change. The center is always open for those who have inquiries. Cho and Kim hopes that the educational features of Blackboard will promote self-learning education for students and encourage active communications between the students and professors.



Seok Ga-ram        carpethediem@hanyang.ac.kr

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