Using Blackboard in an Educational Psychology Course to Increase Pre-service Teachers' Skills and Confidence in Technology Integration

Judy Yuzhu Teng
James Allen
The College of Saint Rose


An important education issue that needs to be addressed in teacher education is the gap between the continuing and increasing technology demands placed on new teachers entering K-12 classrooms and the training that they receive during their college years. There is evidence that not only are new teachers lacking the technological skills, they also lack the confidence needed to motivate them to expand their technological abilities. There is concern that many school of education faculty are not effectively modeling the use of technology to pre-service teachers in education courses. This paper investigates how the incorporation of the Blackboard Learning System, with its expanded communication and hands-on features, helps pre-service teachers to gain confidence in integrating technology into their future teaching. In addition, it documented how students and professors think the use of a course management system helps students’ learning. It will also provide guidance for the effective use of a web-enhanced learning system.

About the Author(s)...

Judy Yuzhu Teng is an Educational Technologist at The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY. She is responsible for faculty training and support with implementation of technology in teaching and research. Previously she worked as a mentor with teachers of various levels to design, implement and evaluate courses with technology integration. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at The University at Albany. Her dissertation research topic is on social presence issues in online learning environments. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

James Allen is Professor of Educational Psychology at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. His research interests include the pedagogy of case studies and technology, grading practices, and classroom management. He may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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