Tuesday, December 18, 2007
No Learning Management System?
Kevin sent me this one, with the comment, "A" is wise.
He also writes, 'In my wilder moments of late I have started to wonder if we could really do without formal learning management system altogether, instead relying on a string of social networking tools to create learning communities. I think there are some compelling reasons that won't happen any time soon, but the direction is intriguing.'
Maybe, someday. The college uses an LMS (Bb, Moodle, Angel, whatever) to manage enrollments, provide a consistent and familiar interface for instructors to use, as well as for branding. Colleges and other organizations have bought the Bb solution for many of those reasons. I wonder if instructors need the consistency and familiarity more than students?
The Web 2.0 tools enable instructors and students to access more resources, communicate more easily and broaden the discussion in ways that are limited by whatever LMS is being used. So, the trick (or the current state of the art) is to craft a blend between the two when building our courses.