Educational Technology

Blackboard
Drury uses the Blackboard platform for its online courses.
An orientation course is available to students who are unfamiliar with Blackboard. It is in the form of a sample class where the student is guided through the various tools and features. It also illustrates basic functions such as submitting assignments, posting to the discussion forum and taking tests. Contact your advisor or the Online Office (417-873-7727) if you are interested in taking the course.

Technical Requirements
Review the minimum recommended specifications to operate Blackboard on your computer.

Additional Resources

Technical Support
Hours and contact information for technical support relating to Blackboard and Drury account access.

Online tutoring is offered free of charge to all Drury students
SMARTHINKING.com (accessible through Blackboard) provides online tutoring in several subjects, including:

  • Mathematics (Basic Skills - Calculus II)
  • General Chemistry
  • Writing
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics

Login to Blackboard and click the "Online Tutoring" tab to begin a tutoring session.

Access online courses on mobile devices
Drury utilizes Blackboard Mobile Learn, allowing students and educators to access teaching and learning on mobile devices having Wi-Fi capability, phones with Sprint service and the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. 3G capability will be available soon increasing students' mobile access.

Live chat through Blackboard IM
Connect with your classmates or teachers on the only instant collaboration system designed for education.

Second Life at Drury
Drury's Online Education department now offers a sampling of courses that have been enhanced using a virtual world component.

Virtual Worlds
Drury continues to lead our community in virtual classes through Second Life, allowing students to learn through the dynamics of virtual realities using activities such as simulations and role playing.

Exploration of virtual worlds is rapidly being adopted and "inhabited" by people for social networking, business, and education. Immersion into these virtual worlds allows for higher levels of social engagement through the use of personal cyber representations (avatars).