Blackboard, Socrates, and Case-Based Teaching: Using Discussion Boards to Teach Complex Ideas

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A course in a graduate program uses case studies from Harvard Business School to teach Logistics and Production Management. In previous offerings, the professor had relied heavily on in-class discussions to foster student learning. Despite some initial reservations from the professor, the course and its associated discussions were put online with the help of an experienced instructional design team. At the end of the course, DL and F2F students were given identical exams; there was no statistical difference in performance between the two groups. The instructor, who was initially skeptical that the course could be moved online successfully, is now a staunch believer in the ability of Blackboard's web-based tools to teach complex concepts and ideas.


Speaker: John Reisner, Director, Office of Extension Services, Air Force Institute of Technology