How Universities Choose Their LMS: A Review of the Literature (but if you don’t know, I can’t tell you)

Tongue-in-Cheek Opening: In this post I will offer observations on various LMS evaluations of which I am aware. This awareness and knowledge comes from personal contacts and from published LMS reports (“the literature”). Unfortunately I have not much good to say. I would like to say I’ve caught someone doing something right. If I have, I will speak up. But mostly I haven’t been able to catch any institution in the act. Since I can’t promise I will be exceptionally kind although I do have a high value on kindness, I will refer to neither my friends nor the Universities … Continue reading How Universities Choose Their LMS: A Review of the Literature (but if you don’t know, I can’t tell you)

Notes on Penn State Learning Design Podcast #4: Throw out the LMS?

They title it “Baby and the Bathwater,” Jeff Swain and Brian Young. Full podcast available from ITunes :EdTech episode #4_ Baby & the bath water These snippets of their conversation stuck out to me. “If we implement it as we did in the past, if we support it as we did in the past, we will end up with what we had in the past.”  (Brian’s voice I think) The LMS’s of today pretty much all have the same functionality. In what way are they flawed? What is it about an LMS as a tool that still needs to change… … Continue reading Notes on Penn State Learning Design Podcast #4: Throw out the LMS?

No Wonder Video is Not For the Faint of Heart!

(…Or maybe just not for users who are PC-based, as I’m sure some of my readers would point out to me). This story starts out with an online course I’m taking in Advanced Technologies for Distance Education (this course description page is due for revision so it may not be up when you click on it). My assignment this week was to explore video for teaching – read about it, find some I like and why, and make some. As someone firmly planted in-between supporting the backend of an LMS and supporting the faculty who use it, this is excellent … Continue reading No Wonder Video is Not For the Faint of Heart!

I get by with a little help from my friends

  I’ve now been in the learning management space for 12 years. I still love it. And I love that the professional networks I began back then, over time, and any number of conferences, become people I value as friends. I know which ones I can trust and which ones spout baloney after a couple of beers. Bob Boufford, I can trust. Couldn’t believe where he is today and how timely that is for some of my current questions about importing BbVista quizzes to Sakai! (click on image) Make new friends and keep the old, they say. My recent queries … Continue reading I get by with a little help from my friends

Emails to Faculty: Are they read?

Here’s an example of an email I sent last week: From: Laura Gekeler Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2011 12:51 PMTo: ‘concourse@listserv.nd.edu’Subject: Service maintenance on Concourse Good Afternoon All, I wouldn’t expect this information to be of great importance to many of you, nor to your students -given that it’s the Sunday before spring break, but it’s my duty to tell you. So I will. 😉 This Sunday, March 13th, from 5am to 11am,  yours truly will be awake, alert and patching the Concourse application. Those of you wishing to rise early, forego family, spiritual or meditative activities, and login to … Continue reading Emails to Faculty: Are they read?

Thought Leadership on Academic Projects

IT projects for the Academy ARE different. Here’s how: “The Academy” is not a unified entity but contains constituent groups (Arts & Letters, Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Business, Law, Libraries, Languages) which are more disparate than “The Administration” (HR, Finance, Admissions, Registrar, Controller’s Office, Facilities, Housing, Development). The Academy aggregates around learning practices, which, when effective, require variation according to the needs of the student and the body of knowledge to be captured as one’s own. The Administration aggregates around business practices, which, when effective, require similarity as governed by universal business practice. Since the Academy aggregates around learning, and learning … Continue reading Thought Leadership on Academic Projects