Thursday in T21C-Humanities

We spent this morning discussing the “LMS problem.”  Basically, we’re asking what we need an LMS for, when so many of us use web 2.0 tools, but we agreed that having a “home page” of sorts was useful for the students as a starting place.  We thought the kids could manage multiple systems if the content was organized in a logical, thoughtful manner.  We liked some of the tools that LMSs have, but we thought that some web 2.0 versions were better than those packaged in LMSs.  We talked a fair bit about design and agreed that although content is important, people judge the value of a “system” at least initially by its graphic design.  And we all agreed that students have a more refined sense of design, given the social media/web 2.0 world in which they live.  So we know that instructional design is still very important:  how to chunk information into manageable pieces and group them into meaningful units.  Where do we go from here?  Continue with an updated version of our LMS?  Migrate to someplace else?  Create our own?  Cobble together a set of tools to which we link from a personal site?  These are the questions we’re all asking and we’re all experimenting with different approaches.  It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out over time, especially as new, cool options like iTunesU continue to emerge.

This afternoon we worked on projects on all sorts of apps.  Several participants are creating blogs.  We figured out RSS feeds for the blogs and had a victory dance.  We learned about TedEd and Mighty Meeting.  We explored a bunch of other apps and just settled on what we wanted to finalized for our take-away projects.  Lots of fun, lots of learning, lots of sharing.  A great day.

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