A critical examination of Blackboard’s e-learning environment

  • Stephanie J. Coopman San Jose State University
Keywords: e-learning, Blackboard, online pedagogy


Blackboard’s e-learning system dominates the online learning software market. In this essay I critically examine the structure of Blackboard’s two online learning delivery systems, Blackboard 8.0 and Blackboard CE6. I identify ways in which the platforms both constrain and facilitate instructor-student and student-student interaction. I addition, I delineate features that sustain and challenge traditional power relationships in the classroom. I conclude with implications for online pedagogy and practical applications for instructors and students.

Author Biography

Stephanie J. Coopman, San Jose State University
Stephanie J. Coopman is Professor of Communication Studies at San Jose State U.
How to Cite
Coopman, S. J. (2009). A critical examination of Blackboard’s e-learning environment. First Monday, 14(6). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v14i6.2434