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Pepperdine University Study: Blackboard to Sakai

September 30, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Administrative, Blackboard, LMS Applications, Sakai No Comments

Dale Hulvey sent me the executive summary of Pepperdine University’s LMS study in 2009-2010. They decided to move from Blackboard to Sakai. Here’s a link to the document:
Pepperdine LMS Study Executive Summary

Security Hole in Blackboard

September 23, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Blackboard, News No Comments

Here’s a link to the online article about the recently discovered “zero-day” security hole in Blackboard that would allow a hacker to change grades and steal student information: http://www.scmagazineus.com/zero-day-holes-found-in-blackboard-platform/article/212156/.

I created a PDF of the article in case the link disappears: http://sites.jmu.edu/lms/wp-content/plugins/shorty/dropbox/Dropbox/LMS_Documents/Zero-day_holes_found_in_Blackboard_platform_-_Print_Article_-_SC_Magazine_US.pdf

LMS Products that are growing

September 12, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Blackboard, Canvas, Desire2Lean, General Trends, LMS Applications No Comments

This is a follow-up article to the recent finding that Bb is losing 150 clients/year (the stat that Mary Ann mentioned in last week’s meeting). Desire2Learn, Canvas and Loud Cloud are all growing while Bb is shrinking.


Blackboard course activity statistics Summer 2010-Summer 2011

September 6, 2011 by knab2ar Assessment, Blackboard, JMU Data, Systems No Comments

We recently switched our measures for Blackboard course activity to use the internal Blackboard usage tracking and decided to gather numbers at three different levels:

  • Total number of courses, instructors, students, etc. in the system
  • Number of courses showing moderate activity, determined by the number of times users entered the course (hits) being at least one per enrolled user per semester.
  • Number of courses showing high activity, determined by the number of times users entered the course (hits) being at least one per enrolled user per week. … Continue Reading

Initial Blackboard log file analysis

July 7, 2011 by knab2ar Assessment, Blackboard, Featured No Comments

I started working on the Blackboard log file analysis to find out which features are used and how heavily.  I only imported log files for July 1 through July 7, so this is not necessarily representative, but I think it shows that the data for a full year would give us a good idea of what users are doing. … Continue Reading

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