Closer to the Dream: Letting Pedagogy Transform Learning Management Systems
Three small liberal arts colleges, Luther, St. Olaf, and Macalester
share their diverse approaches in implementing Moodle, an open-source
Learning Management System. Using the seven elements for successful LMS
transformation, they show how a learning system designed, supported and
enhanced by instructors can result in a pedagogically-rich online
Statement of problem or issue
How to place more effective online tools in the hands of instructors for
Description of activity
Each institution participating in this campus perspectives presentation
began from a different starting point before arriving at Moodle as a
common solution. Luther College used an LMS that was generally
well-received by faculty, but needed more flexibility for advanced
users, as well as increased efficiency on the administrative side. St.
Olaf College decided a new solution was necessary to win back faculty
who had become dissatisfied with the previous LMS. Macalester College
had not implemented an LMS before, but was feeling growing pressure to
do so from new faculty and students. All three schools will share the
seven steps of LMS transformation, listed below, that were instrumental
in arriving at a solution.
1) Recognition - what factors bring us to the decision to transform our
learning systems? What statistic-collection instruments can be used to
achieve a common consensus in the decision? What are the first steps of
response to this recognition?
2) Inclusion - who should we include and at what process point? How can
we leverage this involvement into a vanguard of popular groundswell?
3) Selection - where do we start and whom do we believe? What
methodologies can be used for effective evaluation? How do we guarantee
selection of a "user-owned" learning management system?
4) Conversion - what approaches will successfully take us from here to
there -- helping us transfer learning system data from what we have into
what we're proposing? How to make meeting faculty's data conversion
needs a major "touch point" in the overall communications plan of the
5) Integration - what considerations should be pertinent in connecting
the new system to existing campus systems? How to avoid common pitfalls
in the process? Easy steps to achieving consensus on integration issues.
6) Implementation - step-by-step approaches to implementing the new
learning management system. Means by which issues can be communicated
and handled effectively. Checklist of considerations and prioritizations.
7) Adaptation - how to imbue excitement while managing expectations and
enhancement requests? Prioritization steering methodologies, and system
governance. Ways in which all potential resources can be fully utilized
for adaptation and progression.
More effective marriage between pedagogy and technology.
Enhanced satisfaction of patrons served.
Reduction of total cost of ownership.
Marketability of technological solution to potential students and
Platform from which to expand, integrate, and innovate.
While larger schools concentrate significant expendable resources on
systems scalable to their venue's needs, small colleges will continue to
make important contributions both in pedagogy and the learning systems
that support pedagogy. Innovation has always been the purview of the
"little guy", in this case, small colleges and instructor-driven
learning management technology.
Who should attend this presentation?
Educators or instructional technologists investigating effective,
management systems. Institutions interested in adding or changing a
learning management system.
The presentation page including a podcast recorded just after the session can be found here.
HI Bob as you may be aware, Harvestroad has recently become the only commercial digital repository partner of Moodle offering HarvestRoad Hive®
Amongst other features and benefits HarvestRoad Hive® has the capability to use as a content bridge, see attached white paper.
In brief this allows institution to remove their content from a tied in LMS, such as Blackboard, WebCT etc., move it into a Federated Digital Object Repository (FRDO) and then deliver the content to the user through any web enabled interface such as Moodle. As the content is store again the relevant standard IMS, SCORM etc, then should the institution decide in the future that they would like to move out of HarvestRoad Hive® into another DROR.
I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss with you your thought and in particular the tool set you are developing.
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Patrick, the link doesn't seem to be working:
Content-type: text/html SORRY, FMUX IS NOT AUTHORISED TO CONNECT TO REQUESTED HOST.