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NITLE Conference: LMS at LAC : 12 (extending LMS) November 10, 2006

Posted by ficial in conference, LMSLAC2006.

“Extending Your Learning Management System: Stretching Blackboard to Meet the Needs of a Liberal Arts Campus” by Christina Finneran of Bowdoin

  • Prior to implementing a LMS they used a content mangement system and HTML and case-by-case tools
  • Chose to use a LMS because it lowers the threshold for adoption and it centralizes services
  • Extended the base LMS (using Blackboard’s Building Blocks system) to add single signon for their library services, facebooks for their courses [for them as wll as us, this is the ‘killer app’ of the LMS], and to add blogs and wikis to courses [they use the same tools for this Williams does, Building Blocks sold by Learning Objects, Inc.]
  • Notes that the faculty, student, and CMS view of ‘course’ are all different
  • “What does it mean to teach a course in the digital age?”
    • check out Jung and Suzuki, 2006
    • consider an 2-D set of axes, one is open interaction to efficient class management, the other is information dissemination to knowledge creation
    • consider a table where the columns are ‘in class’, ‘online’, and ‘out of class’, where the rows are ‘Professor’, ‘Student’, and ‘Content’
  • Blackboard is most useful for information dissemination, BUT not all the time
  • BB has a closed community model
    • limited accessibility
    • no self-joining

[at this point my notes are a mix of info from Christina and ideas inspired by the talk. I need to get better about distinguishing the two… anyway, here they are intermixed and I’m very sorry to say I don’t know which is which. If anyone knows something here which should be attributed to her, please let me know and I’ll update this.

  • a BB advisory group, with representatives from the library, deans, faculty, technologists, and perhaps students
  • make use of BB organizations – encourages whider acceptance/use of it
    • official programs the include students (committees, tutoring, sports, etc.)
    • official organizations of students (college council, etc.)
    • student clubs of various degrees of formality (movie club, music groups, etc.)
  • focus on peer-to-peer learning
    • there are different approaches and best-uses for different communities, consider BB for the sciences, BB for foreign studies, BB for creative writing, BB for…. – create a user group around each major group
  • Site design is important! It’s worth it to take the time to try to make BB look good and have decent UI
  • NOTE TO SELF- try to get a copy of the powerpoint for this talk! (and for Bryan’s)]


1. Bryan Alexander - November 14, 2006
2. ficial - November 15, 2006

Fantastic! Thanks!

I hope it’s OK if I steal some of the ideas there (with attribution, of course)…?

Also, slideshare looks like a great tool.

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