design

Drupal as an LMS

I typically think of Drupal as a CMS (a content management system) instead of as an LMS (learner management system). So when my Design course used Drupal to replace Blackboard, I was leery. By the end of the term, though, I was convinced that Drupal can indeed function as an LMS for hybrid and online… Continue reading Drupal as an LMS

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Personal and Guided

Attwell, G. (2007). Personal learning environments - the future of elearning? eLearning Papers, 2(1). Retrieved from the Internet April 3, 2010 at: http://www.elearningeuropa.info/out/?doc_id=9758&rsr_id=11561. Couros, A. (2010). Developing Personal Learning Networks for Open & Social Learning. In Veletsianos, G. (Ed). Emerging Technologies in Distance Education. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press. Atwell's view that informal learning requires personal… Continue reading Personal and Guided

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Progressive Reification

Whitworth, A. & Benson, A. (2010). Learning, design and emergence: Two case studies of Moodle in distance education. In Veletsianos, G. (Ed). Emerging Technologies in Distance Education. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press. The authors argue that open-source LMSs are less directive than commercial offerings: while directive systems reify practices and block emergence, open source systems have… Continue reading Progressive Reification

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Learner Management

Carmean, C. & Haefner, J. (2002) Mind Over Matter: Transforming Course Management Systems into Effective Learning Environments. Educause Review, 37(6). pp. 26-34. Retrieved from the Internet on March 8, 2010 at http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/erm0261.pdf. Lane, L. (2009). Insidious Pedagogy: How course management systems impact teaching. First Monday 14(10). Retrieved from the Internet on March 8, 2010 at… Continue reading Learner Management

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Mining for gold

Romero, C., Ventura, S. & Garcia, E. (2008). Data mining in course management systems: Moodle case study and tutorial. Computers & Education 51. pp. 368-384. While the concept of using data from course management systems (aka learning management systems) to increase student success is laudable, a fundamental technical inaccuracy mars the argument; the end result… Continue reading Mining for gold