How to Use Online Learning Tools to Increase Interaction and Improve Learning Outcomes

Promoting Interaction in Your Assignments – Broadband from Samuel Merritt U Academic Tech on Vimeo.   Do you wish you could make one change in your course that would increase student engagement and boost your course evaluations? Research shows that courses with high rates of interaction among students and instructors …

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 …

Who Needs Gamification?! Student-Centered Lesson Design Using Just Your LMS

2011 brought us the buzzword craze of “gamification” in education, or the quest to make learning online more like a video game. Inspired by FourSquare‘s achievement badges as a way of motivating users to check in to location-based services and Mozilla’s promise of outcomes-based badges in lieu of diplomas, we …

Open Source or Proprietary LMS? Your Answer, My Friend, Is Floating In the Cloud

A colleague recently asked me if I could explain the distinction between open source and proprietary learning management systems, especially as it might affect a K-12 school looking at the best kind of LMS to implement today.  She wanted to know how schools assess open source vs. proprietary systems– “So, …