Submission Type

Poster

Abstract

The Learning Management System (LMS) can help with almost all aspects of the blended course: storing and organizing the syllabus and readings, notifying students of upcoming events, enabling students to share information and ideas, providing assessments and feedback, facilitating group work, collecting learning analytics, and tying into outside systems.

Haverford College is a leading liberal arts undergraduate college located outside Philadelphia. Most classes are taught seminar style with an emphasis on discussion and debate. Haverford uses the Moodle LMS and provide a Moodle shell for all courses taught at the college. Faculty decide which, if any, of those course shells to use. While most faculty members make use of Moodle, few use it for more than posting syllabi, posting readings, and emailing students. However, students tell us that having grades, readings, quizzes, course lectures, and other course materials in our Moodle LMS helps them to easily find important course information all in one place.

This poster will look at some of the most common tools found in LMS systems. For each tool listed, I will summarize why you might use it, show usage statistics from Haverford’s system, and provide stickers to learn how popular each tool is with conference participants. It should be a fun way to engage conference participants in a conversation about blended learning options that are already in their available toolset.

Session

Poster Session

Start Date

5-19-2016 3:00 PM

End Date

5-19-2016 4:00 PM

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May 19th, 3:00 PM May 19th, 4:00 PM

If the LMS is the swiss army knife of blended learning, are we only using the blade?

The Learning Management System (LMS) can help with almost all aspects of the blended course: storing and organizing the syllabus and readings, notifying students of upcoming events, enabling students to share information and ideas, providing assessments and feedback, facilitating group work, collecting learning analytics, and tying into outside systems.

Haverford College is a leading liberal arts undergraduate college located outside Philadelphia. Most classes are taught seminar style with an emphasis on discussion and debate. Haverford uses the Moodle LMS and provide a Moodle shell for all courses taught at the college. Faculty decide which, if any, of those course shells to use. While most faculty members make use of Moodle, few use it for more than posting syllabi, posting readings, and emailing students. However, students tell us that having grades, readings, quizzes, course lectures, and other course materials in our Moodle LMS helps them to easily find important course information all in one place.

This poster will look at some of the most common tools found in LMS systems. For each tool listed, I will summarize why you might use it, show usage statistics from Haverford’s system, and provide stickers to learn how popular each tool is with conference participants. It should be a fun way to engage conference participants in a conversation about blended learning options that are already in their available toolset.