Don’t Hate the LMS, It Can Help Keep Our Focus on Learning

I’ve been noticing an interesting thread in online conversations recently, with people I respect either bashing or defending the LMS. Audrey Watters’ Beyond the LMS seems to suggest they’re a sinister tool of imperial control, Jim Groom and Brian Lamb offer five arguments against the LMS, and Jeremy B Williams’ post implies …

Saving Universities in the Era of MOOCs Part II: Supporting Educators to Support Students

In the previous post, Saving Universities in the Era of MOOCs, I discuss the value proposition of traditional universities, and how those values are changing as massive, free online courses gain traction in higher education. This post will examine our traditional assumption that classrooms are made up of one teacher …

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 …

Why Write for Paper? Or ‘How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love HTML’

I’ve been blabbering on recently about #Markdown here on TedCurran.net, and I just managed to interest a roomful of seemingly sane people why putting weird characters all over your writing is a good idea. I’m taking this as a sign that people get it– we need to write for the …

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 …