A Day in the Life …

As the LMS replacement project moves forward, I was asked to validate what the heck I do all day… Back in November when I calculated support activities weekly for our current LMS, I only accounted for half my time. What do I do the rest of the time? So, today I wrote notes. This is what happened today. No wonder I can’t find buckets or categories to put this stuff in! 6:00am The alarm clock rings. 7:30am On the way out the door to work discovered one of my sons had left his homework binder. 40 minutes round trip to … Continue reading A Day in the Life …

This week’s LMS Choice Announcements

  As the end of life looms for Blackboard’s CE/Vista product increasingly regular reports are being received of institutions’ choices for its replacement. This week’s announcements included two large Blackboard clients, UMass and UEN (Utah Educational Network). UEN, not surprisingly, announced the decision to support their statewide network with Instructure, built by a Utah-based developer. Their announcement here. Today, UMass Amherst announced their decision to phase in Moodle over the next two years (just beating the event horizon for the CE/Vista end of life, Dec. 2013). John Dubach, CIO for UMass Amherst, writes of their decision. Continue reading This week’s LMS Choice Announcements

Notre Dame’s current FTEs and skill set supporting our CMS/LMS

  The University of Notre Dame has some unique characteristics, but these are not necessarily advantageous towards fully utilizing the best of teaching and learning technologies, including the LMS. The major factors your institution must consider when benchmarking your course management staffing: Does your institution have a School of Education? If you do, they will tend to keep the educational use of technology ‘fresh’ on your campus. Or perhaps I should say, they could do that, if you’re intentional about allowing them to. Does your institution have a distance education program? Are you thinking of starting or expanding one? Instructional … Continue reading Notre Dame’s current FTEs and skill set supporting our CMS/LMS