I was in IT before I was into Academic Technologies. And I was an American before that. Which means I too shorten and make acronyms out of everything. (Don’t get me started on Americans’ predilection to abbreviate and condense language, thoroughly disregarding precise speech, specificity of expression, poetic nuances… oops, I’m about to start…)
But the whole “CMS” is really too much. Contact Management System. Content Management System. Course Management System. Face it, “systems” manage something.
And sometimes its a Learning Management System (as if a Course Management System doesn’t involve the management of learning or teaching…). But Learning Management System used to mean a system which registers people for classes and takes their money, not to be confused with an SIS, a Student Information System. Supposedly an animal of a different stripe. But these days LMS and CMS are virtually interchangeable.
I kind of like where Sakai is going with this. I believe they coined the term, CLE, Collaborative Learning Environment. At least they didn’t feel the need to create a system for managing something. Collaboration is a good word.
We can all see the tool set and data sharing requirements are growing… we want inter-related systems which use the same data and report on that data sliced and diced for Administrators tracking program outcomes and improvements and accreditation processes (ePortfolio1); Students tracking their own learning outcomes and growth experiences and presenting tailored views to their parents, friends, colleagues and potential employers (ePortfolio2); Instructors teaching multiple sections of the same course or lecture sections with required lab sections in face to face modes, or in distance-online modes; Researchers who teach and involve their students and colleagues in their projects, studies and research (makes them better teachers/better researchers); Symposium leaders networking with colleagues world-wide… Over-lapping tool sets. Over-lapping data needs. Access Control on Steroids. Reporting on Steroids.
What is it named?