While the LMS has become central to the business of colleges and universities, it has also become a symbol of the higher learning status quo. Many students, teachers, instructional technologists, and administrators consider the LMS too inflexible and are turning to the web for tools that support their everyday communication, productivity, and collaboration needs. Blogs, wikis, social networking sites, microblogging tools, and other web-based applications are supplanting the teaching and learning tools previously found only inside the LMS.
So it looks like we’ll be turning over much of the class to Team 1 today to lead us through a discussion of the readings and our overall reactions to them. It should be interesting and we expect you to speak up — both in the face to face space and online. Scott and I will take a cut at the first half of class, take a break, and then turn it over to Team 1. Here are some of the things we will want to talk about:
- Our thoughts related to their reaction to our course design … we looked like radicals.
- How should we be thinking about assessment as it relates to distributed contributions and the nature of participation?
- What does it mean to do instructional design at a big place like Penn State and how do instructional decisions get made?
ANGEL and our Collective Thoughts on Design
- Let’s take some time and look at how we try to make good decisions at the University as it relates to some of our (potentially) most important tools.
- Could we roll our own LMS? Ever heard of Small Pieces Loosely Joined?
- The rise of Google Sites …