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J Black

The End in Mind » A Post-LMS Manifesto - 0 views

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      This is a very profound statement that we should closely look at. Do LMS do nothing more than perpetuate the traditional classroom model?
  • Technology has and always will be an integral part of what we do to help our students “become.” But helping someone improve, to become a better, more skilled, more knowledgeable, more confident person is not fundamentally a technology problem. It’s a people problem. Or rather, it’s a people opportunity.
  • The problem with one-to-one instruction is that is simply doesn’t scale. Historically, there simply haven’t been enough tutors to go around if our goal is to educate the masses, to help every learner “become.”
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  • Through experimental investigation, Bloom found that “the average student under tutoring was about two standard deviations above the average” of students who studied in a traditional classroom setting with 30 other students
  • here is, at its very core, a problem with the LMS paradigm. The “M” in “LMS” stands for “management.” This is not insignificant. The word heavily implies that the provider of the LMS, the educational institution, is “managing” student learning. Since the dawn of public education and the praiseworthy societal undertaking “educate the masses,” management has become an integral part of the learning. And this is exactly what we have designed and used LMSs to do—to manage the flow of students through traditional, semester-based courses more efficiently than ever before. The LMS has done exactly what we hired it to do: it has reinforced, facilitated, and perpetuated the traditional classroom model, the same model that Bloom found woefully less effective than one-on-one learning.
  • Because the LMS is primarily a traditional classroom support tool, it is ill-suited to bridge the 2-sigma gap between classroom instruction and personal tutoring.
  • undamentally human endeavor that requires personal interaction and communication, person to person.
  • We can extend, expand, enhance, magnify, and amplify the reach and effectiveness of human interaction with technology and communication tools, but the underlying reality is that real people must converse with each other in the process of “becoming.”
  • n the post-LMS world, we need to worry less about “managing” learners and focus more on helping them connect with other like-minded learners both inside and outside of our institutions.
  • We need to foster in them greater personal accountability, responsibility and autonomy in their pursuit of learning in the broader community of learners. We need to use the communication tools available to us today and the tools that will be invented tomorrow to enable anytime, anywhere, any-scale learning conversations between our students and other learners
  • However, instead of that tutor appearing in the form of an individual human being or in the form of a virtual AI tutor, the tutor will be the crowd.
  • The paradigm—not the technology—is the problem.
  • Building a better, more feature-rich LMS won’t close the 2-sigma gap. We need to utilize technology to better connect people, content, and learning communities to facilitate authentic, personal, individualized learning. What are we waiting for?
    A very insightful look into LMS use and student achievment. Highly recommended read for users of BB or Moodle.
Ted Curran

[Must Read!] Advice for Small Schools on the LMS Selection Process | e-Literate - 0 views

  • Migration is inevitable:
  • Migration can be an opportunity:
  • All of these systems are pretty good: It’s easy to get worried about making a “wrong” decision and picking the “inferior” product. The truth of the matter is that, given the needs of your institution (both present and foreseeable future), any of the major systems available in the US that I have some familiarity with (ANGEL, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodle, and Sakai) will provide you with adequate functionality.
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  • Accept the possibility that you may have Stockholm Syndrome:
  • If you are an LMS support person, then it is likely that you are too close to the day-to-day operations to have good perspective on all aspects of how well your current system is meeting your school’s needs. Make sure you get input from people with a broad range of experiences, roles, and perspectives.
  • All of these systems are pretty bad:
  • all of these systems will probably fare pretty well. But part of that is because our expectations are low. The state of the art in LMS design is frankly not great.
  • Having a system with 39,000 seldom-used features that require a course to learn how to use is not as valuable to you as having a system with 39 features that most people will find useful and can figure out how to use on their own.
  • You may not be a good judge of usability:
  • a system seems easy to use once you know how to use it.
  • Your current faculty LMS heroes may be the worst judges of usability: There is nobody on your campus more likely to have Stockholm Syndrome than the faculty member who taught her first online class using your current LMS, has never used anything different, and has devoted literally hundreds of hours to optimising her course—squeezing every ounce of value out your current system by exploiting every weird little feature and even figuring out how to turn a couple of a couple of bugs to her advantage. There are ways in which her perspective will be extremely valuable to you (which I’ll get to shortly), but judging usability is not one of them.
  • Somebody who has taught using multiple LMS’s could be a good judge of usability: Faculty members who have taught using 2 or 3 (or more) LMS’s generally have some sense of what differences between platforms really matter and what differences don’t in a practical sense.
  • The quality of the support vendor is almost certainly more important than the quality of the software:
  • Don’t assume that you know what the deal is with open source:
  • Your relationship with your LMS is not that different than your relationship with GMail or Yahoo! Mail. It’s hosted on somebody else’s servers; you don’t know anything about the details of the software—the programming langauge it’s written in, how much of it is open source, what the architecture is, what hardware it runs on, etc.—and you don’t care.
  • What matters to you is that the thing that appears in your web browser works reliably and does what you need it to do. Go to the open source LMS support vendors. Tell them what your requirements and capabilities are. Either they will be able to meet your needs or they won’t. Don’t decide in advance of getting the facts.
  • Don’t worry too much about the long-term financial viability of the vendors:

Student Dashboard | TutStu - 0 views

    TutStu has built its proprietary LMS (Learning Management System) for Students. Students become a part of the LMS from the moment they Login on TutStu. On further usage, you will realize that the LMS is a powerful & smart work-horse. It's just the type of tool Students must use to manage their tutoring and learning experience. It is automates a lot of functionalities, for DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Learning. Using TutStu, Students can just concentrate on their Tutoring and Learning. Everything else is smartly managed by the System. It will be our constant endeavour to add more features, add further analytics, updates and upgrades the TutStu LMS.

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LM Jacquerd pas cher D'habitude - 0 views

Certes, les jeux de cartes, la broderie et les mots croisés meublent les temps morts. Mais on ne tue pas le temps sans s'assassiner un peu soi-même. Et puis, on laisse à penser que le crédit d'exis...

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Justin Reeve

Themato - Moodle Themes - 0 views

    Themato is an initiative to promote Moodle and the ease of using it with a clean UI. It is carefully curated and nurtured by a group of enthusiasts from the moodle community. In a constant endeavour in meeting our client's look & feel requirements with respect to the Moodle LMS, we found that there was looping need that had to be catered to, all the time. Most of the Moodle installations across many universities, schools and institutes require branding of their LMS. Using this service it will be an easy 5 Step Process. And the best part is, it is FREE 
Vahid Masrour

LMS Boricua - 32 views

    Great example of using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) as a free LMS
Dennis OConnor

Engrade - Free Online Gradebook - 8 views

    For those that don't work with an LMS, Engrade looks like a fine tool for educators.  It integrates some interesting power tools. Discussions, wikis, quizzes, messaging.  This might be an LMS substitute for those teachers looking for a free blended tech solution.  Worth investigating!
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L'attitude intransigeante des Occidentaux ne fait que compliquer les choses. L'heure n'est pas aux ultimatums».La semaine dernière, l'ambassadeur de Téhéran à Moscou s'est entretenu à huis clos ave...

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Nik Peachey

Kotobee - The ultimate free epublishing tool | - 0 views

    free epublishing and app creation tool #elt #esl #epub #digilit #lms #library #k12 #ell #ela
Kerry J

One-Minute SCORM Overview for Anyone - 0 views

  • The Sharable Content Object Reference Model defines a specific way of constructing Learning Management Systems and training content so that they work well with other SCORM conformant systems. 
  • Packaging content determines how a piece of content should be delivered in a physical sense.
  • every piece of information required by the LMS to import and launch content without human intervention
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  • Runtime communication, or data exchange, specifies how the content ”talks” to the LMS while the content is actually playing.
  • Content can be created one time and used in many different systems and situations without modification.  This plug-and-play functionality can be powerful within an organization but even more so across organizations.  Content can be sold and delivered to the user more quickly, more robustly, and at a lower price.
  • In terms of how the LMS treats it, this is the item shown separately in the table of contents and tracked separately from other items.  It can contain its own bookmark, score, and completion status.   
    A quick overview of SCORM
    Now I understand - The Sharable Content Object Reference Model defines a specific way of constructing Learning Management Systems and training content so that they work well with other SCORM conformant systems.
Kathleen Cercone | Free, Simple and Easy LMS Hosting Since 2006 - 0 views

    NineHub is a Simple, Easy, Reliable and Secure LMS Hosting. Anyone can create online courses within seconds even without installation or programming skills. It provides unlimited disk space, bandwidth, classes, instructors and learners.
Kathleen N

ATutor Learning Content Management System: Information: - 0 views

    ATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS/LMS) and social networking environment designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind. ATutor Social is a social networking module that allows ATutor users to connect with each other. They can gather contacts, create a public profile, track network activity, create and join groups, and customize the environment with any of the thousands of OpenSocial gadgets available all over the Web. ATutor Social can be used alone as a social networking application, or it can be used with the ATutor Learning Management System to create a social learning environment.
Peterka Alan

Create text-to-speech (TTS) podcast from RSS feed for iPod, iPhone, MP3 player and mobi... - 32 views

    might be cool to use an external blog for the creation of pages/content and then embed the blog or individual posts, along with this audio, in your LMS.
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