Letter to a budding Instructional Designer: Getting Started Designing in Instructure’s Canvas LMS

I was recently asked to email a friend-of-a-friend, a librarian who was asked to do some Instructional Design in Canvas LMS. I’m reprinting my response in case it can benefit any other education/information professionals who are just getting started designing courses in an online setting. Welcome to the world of …

“Own the Means of Production”: What Karl Marx Knew about Opportunity in the Digital Economy

Even though the Internet is often credited for bringing about a “New Economy”, in fact many longstanding economic trends continue to play themselves out between the “haves” and the “have nots” when it comes to internet technology and media control. The cloud has made it possible for people to outsource …

Why Use a Big Tool when Small Ones Will Do? Marrying the LMS with Web 2.0 Tools

I came across this quoted text when reading the manual for Handbrake, a great open source DVD transcoding tool, and realized how relevant the wisdom continues to be… There’s this ​old geek proverb: The Law of Software Development and Envelopment at MIT: Every program in development at MIT expands until …