Background & Aims

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    Background

    Scot-UG was formed in 2008 to bring together the members of Celtic WebCT User Group and users of the Blackboard Classic product range. Whilst the group’s name reflects is geographical location, it welcomes participation from anywhere. Similarly, whilst the common interest within the group is the use of Blackboard software, it is run independently of the company and seeks to consider these applications in the wider contexts of e-learning and the UK education sector.

    The group aims to hold meetings three times per year which will be located around Scotland whist bring availble via Collaborate. In addition to the community site a mailing list is also maintained to allow members to be kept informed and share news and information. Follow this link for details on how to subscribe (or unsubscribe) from this list.

    Aims

    The aim of Scot-UG is to foster a community of those involved in supporting the use of e-learning applications from Blackboard. Specifically we hope to provide a group which can:

     

    • share and disseminate good practice in the deployment of Blackboard applications
    • provide mutual support, both technical and pedagogical, including training resources
    • demonstrate opportunities and strategies to use Blackboard applications in the support of learning and teaching
    • establish a relationship with Blackboard and their commercial partners to provide feedback to them with the aim of influencing key areas of development to better fit the needs of our community
    • explore general and topical issues in e-learning and how they might relate to Blackboard applications; e.g. accessibility and open source developments
    • a forum for Blackboard to disseminate information to the community
    • establish links with other e-learning user communities to encourage greater sharing of ideas and activities