Faculty Website vs. Blackboard: Beyond Instructional Benefits

TIE3 Technology in Education

Location: Sultana/Mississippi

MONDAY, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Faculty Website and Blackboard can both be used as effective tools to facilitate instructional activities in higher education. They overlap with each other partly in content, yet a closer look into these systems reveals that the benefits of Faculty Web pages have gone beyond just learning and teaching management. Easy access to detailed information about the instructors and courses without login requirements has made Faculty Website a valuable recruiting asset for prospective students and effective tools for retaining and engaging current students. The enhanced features of WCJC’s Content Management System allow instructors to create well-designed, user-friendly Faculty Web pages that are more appealing and relevant to students. In this session, a comparative analysis of WCJC’s Faculty Website and Blackboard will be conducted, and the new CMS functionalities behind WCJC’s Faculty Website will be demonstrated to justify the maintenance of both systems.


Xiaodong "Eric Li
Webmaster, Wharton County Junior College

Xiaodong "Eric" Li is the Webmaster at Wharton County Junior College near Houston, Texas. He is currently the team leader for the college’s CMS Project and is in charge of the selection and implementation of a web content management system for the college’s websites. Mr. Li earned a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked as an Electronic Resources Librarian and Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University before joining WCJC.