NITLE Conference: LMS at LAC : 11 (connecting study abroad) November 6, 2006Posted by ficial in conference, LMSLAC2006.
“Connecting Study Abroad with the CMS” Harry Velez of University of Puget Sound
[Again, very little in the way of specific notes.
The problem he was trying to solve is that study abroad is a big, life-changing experience, but it’s very hard to communicate it both while the student is away and after they return. In short, a CMS can be a useful/powerful tool for this, but only if you have the time and energy to really work on it. He had some web 2.0/777 aspects, but it was still largely top down.
It seemed to me that the CMS was not the ideal tool for this job – he had to do quite a bit of work to make it fit. Might have been better off collecting a best-of-breed set of tools.
Some free tools:
- Flickr – photo sharing and commenting / community
- Blogger, WordPress, etc. – blog hosting
- Various wiki hosts
- MySpace / Facebook – online presense, ‘puire’ social sites
- Del.icio.us – link sharing and tagging
- Gmail, Hotmail – web based email
- Google Groups, YahooGroups – simple group systems (email lists, file sharing, etc.)
- Google Calendar – calendaring system
- Survey Monkey – simple surveys (and quizzes)
- YouTube – video sharing
- ITunes – audio sharing, podcasting
Using a sub-set of the above tools might be more effective that making a CMS try to fulfill those functions.
One interesting note, there is no free CMS tool out there. (free meaning hosted / managed by a third party and all you have to do is use it, a la Gmail; not ‘free’ as in you can download it and install it and run the service without any licensing fees, a la Moodle, but you still have to host it and maintain it and support it.) That probably says something about something, but I don’t know what about what. Perhaps it’s an opportunity for some one…]