IR 11.1.2

Session 2: CMS Futures: The Way Ahead for Course Management Systems
Alex Halavais, Jeremy Hunsinger, Ted Coopman, Helen Keegan

— trying to avoid just bitching about Blackboard
— certain benefits of a well-designed CMS: standardization of experience; modularization
— but the CMS tends to stifle innovation
— plus awful terms: both LMS and CMS, ugh
— what are we telling students to learn when we ask them to use an LMS? Because they do learn from those interfaces; if that’s not what we want them to learn, how do we get them an interface that they can learn from?
— the front pedagogy versus the buried pedagogy; what are we teaching students that we don’t recognize?
— benefits of students doing work in public
— inadequate training for future faculty in using learning management systems, and inadequate support for experimentation, esp for faculty with high teaching loads
— at most institutions, we’re teaching to an assumed student population (18-22 yr olds in school full time) that doesn’t exist
— what kinds of literacies do we need to teach students in order for them to do the kinds of work we want them to do?
— in what ways might we employ peer assessment in our classes? (esp with blog posts, where there are too many to read and respond to?
— VLE: virtual learning environment; how different?
— undergrad research experiences; how to manage with more than 15 students?
— future of CMS: personal learning environment? VLE with a small degree of openness?

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