Fort Hays State University’s
Virtual College will soon give another benefit for its students. An agreement
with Blackboard Inc. will improve reliability and add online teaching tools to
FHSU’s education platform.
Starting this summer, FHSU will
switch to Blackboard’s Managed Hosting. The change will be most noticeable by
the improved performance, but it will also add features such as Blackboard
Collaborate, which will allow for multiple functions such as videoconferences
and instant messaging through Blackboard.
This upgrade to Blackboard is an
outgrowth of the university’s commitment to continuous improvement, evidenced
by the creation two years ago of the Student Engagement and Advisory Center.
Recent continuous improvement
initiatives from the Virtual College include:
- Working with the Student
Government Association to establish the Virtual College Student Advisory
Conducting a student affairs and Virtual College taskforce on areas for
Adding a student authentication tool to identify cheating;
Online teaching/adjunct resource center and training site;
Working with the Enterprise Leadership Committee to create a wait list for the
online TigerEnroll system.
"FHSU’s commitment to
continuous improvement will keep the university as the leader of high-quality
distance education, and providing a support network of faculty, staff and
alumni that we are all proud of",” said Dennis King, director of the
Virtual College and learning technologies.