I had the privilege of initially critiquing Ronna’s math tutorial during its construction… and it intimidated the heck out of me! Wow! What a resource. Her familiarity with Blackboard is obvious, as the site flows, is easily accessible, and clearly marked. She provided a wealth of sources, tutorial, and videos for students in their pursuit of understanding math concepts.
Her introduction of herself is easily accessed at any time; includes a picture and contact information. It shows that she is open to her students. The chapters are clearly categorized and included a quiz for self-assessment. She also included an Elluminate live, leaving herself a window for synchronous instruction and/or live contact for helping a student.
As Ronna previously stated in her blog (http://rowill14.blogspot.com/) it was difficult to rate her module by the Quality Matters rubric, as this was a tutorial piece—mostly in the way of assessment. However, with everything that was possible to align with, she did very well indeed. I was very impressed with how this was constructed and the information provided. Because I am not familiar with Blackboard, I do have some questions. Is this a program that can be accessed by anyone, or only those registered to use Blackboard (we’re required through UAS)? Do you have to pay a subscription fee to use Blackboard? Those are key concerns in making the technology available to the students. All in all, great job, Ronna! I’m going to go hide in a hole now to get away from the splendor of your module!… Not really, but I am going to use it as a “bar setter.”