Abstract: Current trends indicate that an increasing number of Universities have been offering online classes without assessing the faculty perspective of the online learning management tools. When a University understands the faculty perception they can implement an online education environment that is both conducive to student learning and faculty engagement. This paper provides a quantitative and com-parative assessment of Blackboard and Desire2Learn, two tools used to implement online classes. These tools were utilized at a small rural Mid-Atlantic university in the 2010 and 2011 academic years. A survey was distributed to the faculty populations to understand their opinions about Blackboard and Desire2learn, and to assess the difference in their preferences between these two technologies. This survey was based upon an earlier study conducted at the University of Denver in 2006. The results of this survey were analyzed to better understand the faculty perceptions of these technologies and the commonly used features.
Keywords: Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Online Classes, online learning, Distance Education, Learning Management System,
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Recommended Citation: Chawdhry, A., Paullet, K., Benjamin, D. (2012). Comparatively Assessing The Use Of Blackboard Versus Desire2learn: Faculty Perceptions Of The Online Tools. Information Systems Education Journal, 10(3) pp 47-54. http://isedj.org/2012-10/ ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2011)