Revisiting the Effectiveness of Blackboard Learning Management System in Teaching English in the Era of COVID-19

Mohammad H. Al-khresheh

Abstract


The study carries out a detailed review of the overall impact of deploying the Blackboard online platform in the EFL teaching-learning process. In pursuing this aim, this study has followed the narrative literature approach, using analytical and comparative techniques as primary research methods. Numerous studies have been analysed thoroughly to conclude whether these technology-oriented tools directly affect the EFL teaching-learning process. The study also provides a definitive opinion regarding the usefulness of blackboard technology. The analysis of literature pointed out that EFL classes were positively influenced when Blackboard technology was utilised. Blackboard technology’s advantages in EFL were found to outnumber their disadvantages. However, technical challenges remain in integrating this technology successfully into modern classrooms. It should also be noted that while such technology-based teaching tools are a step in the right direction, they should not be considered as a perfect replacement for time-tested teacher-student classroom interactions that happen organically in classrooms. Additional preparation is also required from both teachers and students to make a meaningful contribution to such technology-oriented classes. Particularly, teachers need much training, encouragement, and support to move towards further advanced and collaborating pedagogies online.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/wjel.v12n1p1

World Journal of English Language
ISSN 1925-0703(Print)  ISSN 1925-0711(Online)

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