Xplana and Blackboard: Integrating a Social Learning Platform and LMS in an Online Course

ID: 34294 Type: Full Paper
  1. Jane Howland, University of Missouri, United States
  2. James Roberts, MBS, United States

Tuesday, October 18 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Location: Kaua'i

Presider: Dora Wong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

Abstract: This paper explicates the process of integrating a social learning platform - Xplana - with a traditional learning management system (Blackboard) in an online graduate course. Features of the Xplana platform and its ability to support meaningful learning are described in detail. Students participated in online discussion about their initial perceptions of Xplana and later in a discussion comparing Blackboard and Xplana. Content analysis of these conversations along with survey data revealed that while this group of students preferred Blackboard as the primary learning management system, they recognized Xplana’s potential for accessing and sharing resources with others.


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